Real Teachers Share Their Tips For Taking Learning Outdoors.

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A few months ago, Outdoor Classroom Day posted on Twitter, asking their followers what advice they would give teachers wanting to take the first step towards more time outdoors. The responses were vast and varied and there were so many good ideas shared that we didn’t want you to miss out.

As such, here are just a few of the replies!

@PrimarySarahC replied “Go for it- take the lesson you would do indoors into the outdoors as a start- you will be inspired by the difference no walls makes and then you can sort the creative ideas as they will just flow. ”

@BrimbleGaynor advised “Connect to seasonal changes, involve all senses, model curiosity, remove all ‘toys’, observe what the children are naturally drawn to and build on that interest. Keep it simple!”

@Timbernook reminded people why this topic is so important, replying “When you take learning outdoors — children are fully engaged in the experience and the motivation is high when these opportunities are child-directed. All of this enhances and enriches the learning process on a deep level.”

@MsGaleOCSB suggested “Schedule it into your week. The way you wouldn’t miss gym or library, don’t let yourself miss outdoor time! Have a meeting spot where you start and finish.”

@TeachOutdoors disagreed however,  “Don’t make tedious links eg timetable says every Wednesday afternoon is your slot to do outdoor learning. Go outdoors when it adds enrichment- start little & often. 10 mins outdoors & then back inside to scaffold the learning can add real value & purpose. Experiential learning!”

I guess the take away here, is that there is no right way to do it – simply choose a method that works for you!

Whilst @FESKindTeacher recommended “Find someone else, if only one person in your school, who believes as much as you do in the benefits of being outdoor with the students”

@CPRSmum agreed with many of the points already raised staying “Build it into your daily, weekly and termly planning. Ensure it’s closely linked to the curriculum, not only about getting kids outside. Let families know so they send coats etc daily. Have spare kit ready every day. Find a colleague who will do it too.”

@OnedaywithNan believed keeping things simple was key “Don’t overthink it and don’t try to oversell it (to kids or parents). Just go outside. In all weather. Get dirty. Don’t have an agenda (or make it look like you don’t). Let things happen organically. They’ll want to continue, they&