Exploring the Outdoor Classroom with Nature Detectives

Take your classroom outside!

Nature Detectives http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk is run by The Woodland trust, whose mission is to create, protect and inspire people about woods and trees. So if you are looking to take your classroom outside then this is a very helpful resource full of ideas for making the experience fun, meaningful and full of learning opportunities.

The Woodland Trust sets out to provide schools with an extensive range of resources. They are designed to help teachers deliver outdoor learning, inspiring children about nature, woods and trees. And the website is full of resources to support teachers do that – at all times of the year, all seasons and all weathers. 

There are classification identification sheets (often presented in a variety of game formats) for all that you might find in woods in the UK, there are puzzles and games, suggested activities clearly described, and guides to making a whole host of creations oudoors using what is found outside. And there is a variety of templates for teachers or their pupils to make their own resources to suit their own needs and locations.

In addition to the resources for use outside there are also plenty of online activities provided too. And everything is matched to curriculum guidelines. There are also award schemes for schools, and resources for use in school assemblies. A great resources for taking your classroom outside!

The Great Plant Hunt is a resources from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew encouraging pupils to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and become interested in plants around them. Activities and resources are provided for specific age groups.

Education Scotland has also created a series of resources to support schools incorporate outdoor learning in learning and teaching.

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