How can you get your students outdoors more often?
Going outdoors sounds simple enough but as modern humans we spend about 90% of our time inside. So what can we do about it? Get outdoors today!
Out and About
- Do something amazing. Choose a life experience to share with your pupils. Surfing, hiking, camping or flying a kite. And if you can link this to learning topics – ideal!
- Walk and talk. If you take a walk with a small group of pupils whilst you talk about learning, it can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and connect with your pupils too.
- Take art outdoors. Making art and sculpture from natural materials brings creations to life.
- Read outside. There is something about listening to a story with bird-song and gentle rustle of leaves that makes a book come to life.
- Consider forest and beach schools. Warning: they can cost a fortune! How could you safely use these spaces in your own way?
- Grow something. The joy of planting something and watching it grow due to your care is uplifting. Consider your topics over the year: where will growing something outdoors enhance the learning?
- Build. When pupils are doing design technology, why not use your outdoor space? Taking building resources outside gives you a larger floor space and a fresh environment to get creative.
- Mediate. The benefits are ample. Just three minutes of mindfulness outdoors could change you day completely!
Why is it a good strategy?
When mapping out your curriculum, always remember to ask “Ok, when can we ‘get out’?”