This Teacher Toolkit will be looking at the opportunities for integrating Outdoor Learning in Urban Environments. In this toolkit you will find a series of activities that can be used across various year levels and student groups.
In this Teaching Toolkit, we provide sample activities which use minimal equipment and have a quick setup time. As for all activities in the tool-kits, it is important to survey your environment carefully, to ensure it is safe and appropriate for students.
Maths and the outdoors are subjects that do not traditionally go hand in hand although many maths teachers use practical activities to provide a deeper level of learning to their students. It is important that everyone feels comfortable in integrating the outdoors into their lessons.
This document offers more than ten activities that can be used at any year level to promote outdoor learning in Maths. In 2020 further activities activities and research notes will be added to this document.
The outdoor environment has played an integral component of science teaching and learning ever since its introduction. This toolkit will provide you with 10 detailed science activities that can be conducted with outdoor learning. Each of these activities have been suggested by current science teachers with decades of experiences across a range of year and curriculum levels. Furthermore this toolkit has been created to provide generalist primary school teachers with an increased confidence in using the outdoors as a key part of the science curriculum. Within these 10 activities you will find a range of additional resources and videos that provide a deeper understanding and explanation for each of the activities.Download File | Read More
The outdoor area is a vital learning environment for young children. Outdoor / fieldwork opportunities provide opportunities to stimulate all the senses and become powerful memories for students. In the field, students can engage with real issues that are relevant to their lives, using an inquiry approach and encouraging curiosity and exploration. In particular, outdoor learning in Geography can enable sensory and exploratory play and learning.Download File | Read More
This Teacher Toolkit will be looking at the opportunities for integrating Outdoor Learning in the arts. The Outdoors has been used as medium to teach and enhance arts for many years, in this toolkit you will find a series of activities that can be used across various year levels and student groups.Download File | Read More
This Teacher Toolkit will be looking at the opportunities for integrating Outdoor Learning in Physical Education. The Outdoors has been used as a core component in Physical Education for many years, in this toolkit you will find a series of activities that can be used across various year levels and student groups.Download File | Read More
This Teacher Toolkit will be looking at the opportunities for integrating Outdoor Learning in water-based environments. Teachers surveyed in the planning stages of these documents expressed apprehension about taking students to water-based environments.Download File | Read More
Benefits of Outdoor Learning in the playground
This teacher toolkit looks at opportunities to integrate Outdoor Learning into your everyday activities without leaving the school ground. We show a range of 13 activities that you can do in the school ground with minimal and inexpensive equipment. This toolkit will help you develop knowledge of practical ways to include Outdoor Learning into your class and create your own exciting activities and experiences.Download File | Read More
This Teacher Toolkit is offered as a framework for developing your own curriculum specific ideas and activities for Outdoor Learning. It is quite flexible and should be adapted to suit your needs. Remember to note the benefits of Outdoor Learning in your teaching area, and to provide tips wherever you can for embedding Outdoor Learning into the curriculum. Include relevant research, case studies and examples that might assist teachers. Teacher Toolkit 1 Benefits of Outdoor Learning presents research that will help you argue the case for taking students out of the classroom.Download File | Read More
Outdoor Learning engages students in practical and active learning experiences in natural environments and settings, and this typically takes place beyond the school classroom.
In these environments, students develop the skills and understandings to move Safely and safely and competently while valuing a positive relationship with natural environments and promoting the sustainable use of these environments.
These curriculum connections allow educators to draw connections across the dimensions of the Au s tr a lia n Curriculum on various conceptual themes from Foundation to Year 10. Through a partnership with Outdoor Education Australia, a framework has been developed for students to experience guided, integrated learning across the curriculum in natural environments. Students , therefore, can gain unique and specific benefits from outdoor learning including skills and understandings while valuing a positive relationship with natural environments and promote sustainable use of these environments.Download File | Read More