Outdoor Learning lesson plans, resources, links and ideas to help you access the curriculum outside!

During our time in schools, we’ve developed loads of resources and lessons for use from early all the way to senior phases of the Curriculum for Excellence and across all curricular areas. We wanted to share with you some in the hope that these simple plans can inspire you to get outside more deliberately and more often!

We’ve also included some handy links to websites that have proved useful to us and the teachers we’ve worked with over the years.

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and we hope the content on this page helps!

Watch this space – there is more to come!

Literacy lessons in the outdoors

Adjective Scavenger Hunt: This free adjective scavenger hunt can be used as a way of developing vocabulary before creating texts:

Burns Night/Scots Language Activity: This free Scots Language Scavenger Hunt is another one of our outdoor learning lesson plans for a literacy themed Burns night or St Andrews Day:

Handy Outdoor Learning Links

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/a-summary-of-outdoor-learning-resources/ – Education Scotland – A Summary of Resources – This has a load of links to policy documents and what is driving OL in Scotland

https://en.unesco.org/themes/education/sdgs/material – United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – You might’ve come acrosee these already but a lot of schools are using them as hooks to hang learning from

https://education.gov.scot/media/3amlh2w0/learning-outdoors.pdf – This is a document which shows some examples of good practice according to HM Inspectors – Also OutdoorClassrooms.Scot were actually part of this thematic inspection!

https://learningforsustainabilityscotland.org/ – A bit on LfS, which goes hand in hand with Outdoor Learning

https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/hwb24-ol-support.pdf – Another Education Scotland one, but with practical guidance