Did you know that 68% of teachers want more time for young people to play outdoors? A recent study (based on outdoor learning behaviour among schools across 45 countries with results from over 13,000 teachers and head teachers) found that…
87% of teachers want more time to take lessons outside.
97% of teachers worldwide believe that outdoor playtime throughout the school day is critical for young people to reach their full potential.
65% of primary schools globally get less than one hour of playtime a day and 12% get less than 30 minutes.
88% of teachers globally said that young people are happier after playing outdoors, and 89% said the same when they learn outdoors.
Read about the study here >
Every year we aim to inspire the 170,000 young people who visit our centres to incorporate outdoor play as part of their everyday life through the skills they learn during an outdoor residential.
To bring these skills back into the classroom, we’ve compiled some handy tips below to help teachers bring more of the outdoors into their lessons in addition to some taster offers for our outdoor education programmes.
1. Assess your school’s local geography
Ask your students to identify the number of different trees that live around your school. If they find a tree stump, ask them to count the rings to determine how old the trees in the area are.
2. Plant something
Encourage your students to bring in a seed which they’ve found outdoors. Give them personalised pots to plant each seed in, and help your students nurture and grow their sprouting finds throughout the year.
3. Get crafty
Collect autumnal leaves to bring back to the classroom for extra creative art lessons. Create a class mural or collage animals made from different leaves or paper mache a leafy lantern to hang up in your school garden.
4. Encourage wildlife
Gather together old fruit and citrus peels to create multiple feeding points around the school garden. Hang this up outside and get your students to count the different varieties of birds who visit during breaktime?
5. Berry good finds
Blackberries and hawthorns are usually at their best between September and October. Find them in the wild and bring them back to the classroom for a baking session or crush your berries to create homemade inks and paints for your next art lesson.
Experience a taste of outdoor learning and adventure at Kingswood.
Choose from our autumn day visit offers for pupils or teachers...
Awesome autumn adventures
Embrace the autumnal sun with our most popular programme, Adventure Choice from September to November 2018.
From just £35 per student for day visits from September to November 2018
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Well-being and adventure days for teachers
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