Two young boys playing in autumn leavesNature is the perfect classroom. It provides endless opportunities for children to learn about the real world in meaningful ways. There are also a wide range of academic, health and wellbeing benefits from learning in the outdoors; from reduced stress and anxiety, to increased feelings of happiness, as well as improved memory, focus and creativity!

 

Learning in nature = connection to nature = conserving nature quote

 

This collection of four lessons allows teachers to reap the benefits of outdoor learning without sacrificing Australian Curriculum requirements. Each lesson is mapped to the outcomes of the Australian Curriculum and contains all the tools required for teachers to feel fully prepared when taking their students outside whilst embedding sustainability into daily practice.

These lessons cover English, Mathematics, and Visual Arts Foundation curriculum outcomes. Included in each lesson are: reflection activities, provisional learning support, and suggested questions to guide discussions. 

 

The free-to-access activities below cover:

  • Number patterns
  • The Busy Tree story by Jennifer Ward
  • Hands on activities
  • Visual patterns
  • The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • Nature based artwork
  • Rhyming poetry
  • Discovery of the value of trees
  • Movement based activities

 

Check out the digital library which is full of videos, infographics, factsheets, research and news articles to support teachers and students to get outdoors.