outdoor learning - student outsideNature is the perfect classroom. It provides endless opportunities for students 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

 

This collection of four lessons allows secondary teachers to reap the benefits of outdoor learning without sacrificing curriculum requirements. Students will observe, estimate and calculate data sets from their own school yard allowing them to build maths skills in a real world context.

Each lesson is mapped to the Year 7 & 8 Mathematics outcomes of the Australian Curriculum and contains all the tools required for teachers to feel fully prepared when taking their class outside. Students will investigative, process, and record data before analysing and displaying it, through a range of outdoor activities. 

 

These free-to-access activities include:

 
  • Geometry including area, perimeter, formulae, and volume
  • Reflection and extension activities, and provisional learning support
  • Representing data through dot plots, frequency tables, stem and leaf plots and tallies
  • Developing a connection with the natural world through outdoor learning
  • Real world application of maths
  • Sampling vs census data collection

 

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