Outdoor Learning Secondary Hero - 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 over nine lessons allows secondary teachers to reap the benefits of outdoor learning without sacrificing 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 class outside.

These lessons cover Science, Mathematics, and Geography outcomes for Years 7 & 8. Students with examine conservation careers, be introduced to taxonomy, dichotomous keys, biological classification and scientific conventions through engaging and fun activities designed to take place outside the classroom. Students will observe, estimate and collect data sets from their own school yard allowing them to build maths skills in a real world context.  

 

These free-to-access lessons cover: 

  • Activities to explore conservation and environmental careers
  • Classifying living things through observable features
  • The relationship between topsoil and food production
  • Geometry including area, perimeter and volume of natural shapes
  • Representing data through dot plots, frequency tables, stem and leaf plots and tallies
  • Reflection and extension activities, and provisional learning support

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