This magazine brings together teachers involved in the Naturally Healthy Devon Schools project to share and develop their tried and tested outdoor learning activities, and address the following regularly asked questions: What shall we do outside?, How can I make my outdoor learning relevant to National Curriculum requirements? How can I free up time in my timetable to take children outside to learn? The magazine is for educators interested in taking children’s learning outdoors. Every issue is brimming with seasonal activity ideas linked with National Curriculum guidelines, all tried and tested in and out of schools. Each issue follows a theme around which a combination of one-off activities and longer programmes of work offer opportunities to develop a range of skills for children across subject areas and from EYFS to KS3.
Outdoor learning can be interpreted in many different ways. Our focus is on curriculum-linked learning, delivered by children’s usual teacher, on or near their own school grounds and green spaces. So much of children’s indoor learning can be enhanced with an outdoor experience and we aim to share a selection of our favourite, and most effective, learning experiences here.
We will also include our top tips for developing appropriate policies to support learning outside, information about the best kit to use and examples to support creating your own resources too.
We hope you will join us on this journey of sharing great experiences of outdoor learning, and we’d love to hear from you too.