As we are getting to grips with being back at school, and new ways of working, many teachers are taking their learning outdoors. Not only is it the safest environment to be working in (the science says that you are 20 times more likely to catch COVID indoors than out) but being outdoors is just good for our general HWB.
Many schools and teachers that previously struggled to embed outdoor learning as an integral part of their planning and teaching, are now embracing this current opportunity where we are being encouraged to be outdoors as much as possible.
Using playgrounds, local green spaces and the wider local environment is a great way to engage pupils and enhance learning experiences.
Below you’ll find links to resources to help with lesson ideas as well as health and safety information and risk benefits etc.
Specific advice for ELCCs can be found here
Outdoor learning is a core pillar of Learning for Sustainability. Resources and CLPL opportunities that support LfS can be found here
East Ayrshire’s Learning Outdoors Support Team have a great blog with lots of ideas and materials to support practitioners.
The National Improvement Hub has links to OL documents and support for CLPL as well as some case studies of good practice.
The Outdoor Learning Directory provides a link to Scottish organisations supporting outdoor learning. You’ll find a range of resources and links to potential funding streams.
The Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education provides advice to local authorities on the safe practice of all aspects of outdoor learning and maintains Going Out There which is Scottish Government guidance for going off-site.
Learning Through Landscapes have a range of resources, training opportunities and ideas to support home learning and outdoor learning in general as well as examples of risk/benefits.
Juliet Robertson through her Creative Star website continues to provide ideas and resources to support staff to deliver outdoor learning. The latest newsletter with links to lots of resources can be found here
Staff interested in residential experiences will find some great resources to assist with planning a Brilliant Residential
Outdoor and Woodland Learning Scotland provide resources, ideas and learning opportunities to support outdoor learning.
The John Muir Award is a great way to involve young people in their local environment and provides a progressive framework as well as certification.
The Lost Words is an excellent resource which can be used to deliver all areas of the curriculum. There are many ideas for how this beautiful book can be used here
The Forestry Commission (Scotland) created a great resource based on the novel ‘Wolf Brother’ by Michelle Paver. It highlights links to CfE and you can download a copy of PDF here