Case Studies

Outdoor Learning is diverse and can be delivered in many different ways, we hope that these examples will give a flavour of how you could utilise the outdoor context.

Literacy Out of the Box Resources as Stimuli for IDL and LfS Fenwick Primary School borrowed The Wilderness War resource box.  In this case study, you will find out how the resources were used to support learning in Literacy and Learning for Sustainability across the curriculum. For more information on LfS see Learning for Sustainability (including Global Citizenship).

Developing Space for Learning – Patna PS  Patna Primary school wanted more space to learn outdoors.  This case study shows how P1 pupils were involved in planning, how the funds were raised and what was achieved when the school community worked together to make it happen.

Make Space for Nature – Nature Scot  Examples of John Muir Award working in East Ayrshire

Geocaching for Blue Switch Day – Hillside School – Senior pupils from Hillside School celebrated Blue Switch Day by using technology to find a new Geocache in their local community.

Geocaching for Blue Switch Day – Hillside School – East Ayrshire Council Press Release

Grange Academy Literacy Group – a four week literacy partnership project between LOST and Grange Academy, November 2020.

Outdoor Learning at Netherthird Primary School – in partnership with the community garden.

Onthank Primary School, Playground development  – New line markings in the concrete playground.

Developing Young Workforce through Adventure – Pilot course currently running in St Joseph’s Academy.

Case Study – Auchinleck – Heritage Heroes Award with Auchinleck Academy pupils.  Case Study – Cumnock Old Cemetery – Attainment Through Archaeology Thanks to Archaeology Scotland

Crosshouse Primary school achieve their Heritage Heroes Award.

Heritage Hero Awards – Drongan Primary School  Drongan PS have now completed several HH Awards on the theme of ‘Our Village’.  Pupil led learning ensures that each award is unique.

Curriculum Outdoors Attainment Challenge (COACh) – A programme which delivers OL through a team teaching model over the academic year, focus on literacy and numeracy.

Newmilns Primary School case study  – Completing the John Muir Award in Lockdown.

Bellfield and Whatriggs Trail Project – A lovely example of a joint project for Heritage Heroes and John Muir Award.

Park Special School Brilliant Residential – A case study supporting residential experiences which are part of a progression of place and an opportunity to build on pupil confidence.

Shortlees Primary School -Whole school Daily Outdoor Learning – A case study demonstrating how you can assist all classes across the school to engage in outdoor learning in a variety of school ground settings.

Press release – Whole school outdoor learning – Shortlees stars!

Nature and nurture – Applying nurture principles in a natural environment.

Shelters for Schools – Schools across East Ayrshire are being given shelters to support pupils and teachers when outdoors for learning.

Press release – Shelter for St Patricks

SQA Geography working alongside the John Muir Award – This study looks at how St Joseph’s Academy in East Ayrshire uses the John Muir Award alongside their Geography National 5, Higher and Travel & Tourism classes.

Making the Cut – Gargieston Primary School.

Grass cutting Agreement Document Framework

Press release – Making the Cut – Biodiversity and grass cutting in EAC school grounds.

Learning in Local Greenspace – Hurlford PS shows how P7 pupils used real life, local issues to embed Learning for Sustainability.

A case study of our work Learning in Local Greenspace – Patna PS is published on the Nature Scot, Learning in Local Greenspace Professional Advice webpages

Loudoun Academy John Muir Award – a pupil led project to improve, care for and develop a wild place to be enjoyed by others.

Galston Primary P7 class created a fantastic  video as part of their John Muir Award to talk about why they were planting trees in their school playground and the wider benefits of this.

We have been incredibly fortunate to work in collaboration with Education Scotland to support the development of two projects that have helped in the professional development of STEM for teachers and practitioners in East Ayrshire.

Women in Wellies (phase 1)

Working in Wellies (phase 2)


We were also successful in securing an Education Scotland grants through Food For Thought.

Food for Thought – Intergenerational project 2018-19

Food Growing Projects and LfS shows how 7 EAC schools used a 2016 Food for Thought project to engage with Learning for Sustainability.

John Muir Video  – Lorna Sloan the John Muir Award Officer with LOST worked with pupils from Galston Primary to create this video all about the Life of John Muir.

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