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Ideas to make outdoor learning work for your school

Expert Alex Alves offers some practical strategies and ideas to incorporate outdoor learning into primary school life despite time, locational and budget restrictions – and particularly in urban areas

You may have already read about the huge benefits that outdoor learning can bring, but how can you make it work throughout your whole school without needing extra timetable space, with minimum budget, and especially in urban areas where green space is limited?

What have you got and what is possible?

Unlike forest school, (which requires a woodland environment), outdoor learning can take place anywhere outdoors, including school fields and concrete playgrounds. Open your eyes and utilise the environment you have before you:

Next, highlight any objectives in your current schemes of work and termly plans that could be better taught outdoors. Remember, outdoor learning isn’t an extra subject, it is a new way of teaching the same subjects and topics we already teach, just outdoors.

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