Student examining leaf with microscopeNature 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 enables teachers of Years 5 & 6 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. Through these lessons students will understand the importance of trees and the important role they play, learn the value of giving and receiving constructive feedback and learn how to give clear instructions and directions. 

These lessons cover English, Mathematics, Geography and Visual Arts curriculum outcomes for Years 5 & 6.


These free-to-access lessons below cover:

  • Sensory and emotional experiences
  • Austins Butterfly constructive feedback technique
  • Mapping 2D objects to grid maps
  • Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola
  • Environmental awareness and creative play
  • Poetry writing, editing and sharing
  • A leaf can be… by Laura Purdie Salas
  • The importance of trees in the environment 


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