Welcome to Outdoor Learning Information & Resources
On this page you will find information and resources dedicated to helping teachers increase their confidence in taking students into the outdoors across a variety of curriculum focus areas.
Through DET’s Strategic Partnership Program funding (SPP), Outdoors Victoria as lead organisation in partnership with ACHPER Victoria (Australian Council Health Physical Education and Recreation), EEV (Environment Education Victoria), GTAV (Geography Teachers Association of Victoria) and Parks Victoria have created a series of Teacher Toolkit resources to encourage the use of using the outdoors within your every day classes.
Defining Outdoor Learning through the Australian Curriculum
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 competently while valuing a positive relationship with naturalenvironments and promoting the sustainable use of these environments.
What are the benefits of Outdoor Learning for students?
Having students engage in Outdoor Learning has been shown to provide many benefits across schooling. As noted in the Australian Curriculum
Students 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.
Outdoor Learning Toolkits
What is Included in the Toolkits ?
Within the Teacher Toolkits you will find a range of information from benefits of Outdoor Learning, considerations when developing and launching an Outdoor Learning program, Case Studies from Victorian Primary schools, sample letter to families and how to discuss Outdoor Learning with fellow colleagues in addition to 100+ curriculum aligned activities.
These Outdoor Learning toolkits were created throughout 2018 and 2019, through further consultation with the teaching community around the impacts of COVID-19 on Education these toolkit documents have been modified and re-released to assist teachers in school based and at home learning. In the coming months a total of Six more toolkits will be released including but not limited to Outdoor Learning in History, Reading / Writing, Speaking/ Listening and indigenous perspectives.
Access the following toolkits below:
- Introduction to Outdoor Learning
- Outdoor Learning in the playground
- Outdoor Learning in a water-based environment
- Introducing Outdoor Learning into Arts
- Introducing Outdoor Learning into Science
- Introducing Outdoor Learning into Maths
- Introducing Outdoor Learning into Health and Physical Education
- Introducing Outdoor Learning in an urban environment, and;
- Introducing Outdoor Learning into Geography
In this Teaching Toolkit, we provide 19 sample activities which use minimal equipment and have a quick setup time. As for all activities in the toolkits, it is important to survey your environment carefully, to ensure it is safe and appropriate for students.
Outdoor/fieldwork provides opportunities to stimulate all the senses and become powerful memories for students. In the field they can engage using an inquiry approach, encouraging curiosity and exploration. In particular, outdoor learning in Geography can enable sensory and exploratory play and learning.