Outdoor Learning Links

At the moment Forest School Plus cannot come to your school or venue or offer outdoor learning at Herd Farm.


To assist members of the Leeds Forest School Cluster Group I have put together this list of resource links.


As schools begin to re-open from 1.6.20 as the Covid-19 lockdown is adjusted many teachers and early years practitioners may also find these useful as infection rates are less in the fresh air. Below are some links to resources that may be useful when planning for your bubble.


I have checked their availability on 29.5.20. I have not used them all and I will concentrate first on those without a paywall. I will update this page if I discover more resources. If you have found a great resource you would like to share send me an email and I will include it in the list. 


Curriculum Linked Resources

http://www.treetoolsforschools.org.uk/finder/?cat=activityfinder This is a Woodlands Trust resource and used to be known as Nature Detectives.


There is also a link for parents so the next one may be useful for your homelearners.


https://action.wildlifetrusts.org/page/58599/petition/1?supporter.questions.409397=school Every June The Wildlife Trust do a 30 days Wild Event encouraging everyone to get out into nature everyday in June. Here us the link for schools.

https://creativestarlearning.co.uk/blog/ Here are lots of ideas for learning outdoors. Juliet Robertson is the person behind Creative Star Learning. It may be well worth investing in her Dirty Teaching and Messy Maths books. They are cross checked against the Scottish Curriculum but you could easily find knowledge, skills and concepts that cross reference to NC 2014.

https://creativestarlearning.co.uk/resources/the-thinking-child-free-outdoor-numeracy-and-literacy-resources/ Thinking child resources hosted by Creative Star from a teacher with P4C experience.

https://mindstretchers.academy/collections/free-resources If you like to use the floor book approach in early years or science you will definitely enjoy these.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/gardening-children-schools/school-visits/school-visits-harlow-carr/self-guided-school-visits You cannot visit RHS gardens at the moment but these self guided visit plans may give you food for thought to use in your school or nursery grounds. 

https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/resources Lots of resources as part of the RHS campaign for school gardening. 

https://www.ltl.org.uk/free-resources/ Learning Through Landscapes free resources that can be searched by age and subject

https://www.lotc.org.uk/resources/education-resources/ Free resoures via Council from Learning Outside the Classroom Lots of different resourcs from a range of organisations

https://wild-things.org.uk/our-events/stay-wild-at-home/ Home ideas but could be used at school too.

https://yas.co.uk/resources/ A portal to other organisations providing resources. The Yorkshire Agricultural Society run free CPD in normal times with an empahis on outdoor learning.

https://www.owlscotland.org/resources/primary-resources/ Although these resources are linked to Forestry Commission Scotland and may reference the Scottish Curriculum they may make some good starting points. I particularly like the Wolf Brother's Wildwoods. There are also resources for Early Years and Secondary.

https://www.owlscotland.org/images/uploads/resources/files/Wolf_Brother2020.pdf These activities are based on "Wolf Brother" by Michelle Paver. Great Forest School type activities for learning about the Mesolithic.

https://www.rfs.org.uk/news/blogs/outdoor-education/ Ideas from the Royal Forestry Society

https://www.learninginstitute.co.uk/cpd?fbclid=IwAR1g3SfYNQUSOwsiwPYm29_D5KtzlkGskxMCzDVRMuQusqPPG-h85vhFX54 New 2 part CPD PDFs Taking Learning Outdoors



The Lost Words - This is a beautiful book of poems or spell songs written by robert MacFarlane and illustrated by Jackie Morris. It is a beautiful inspiration for a variety of curriculum work; literacy, science - animal and plant ID, art and music. Google "Lost Words Activities" and you will find a wealth of starting points.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/National-Curriculum-Outdoors-Year/dp/147297624X Year 6, but KS1, Y3, 4 & 5 also available Various prices depending on seller. Not seen but interesting that they address KS2 in depth.

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