Outdoor Learning Opportunities

#UKEdChat Session 409 – Thursday 21st June 2018

No matter what the weather is trying to prove otherwise, it is summer in the UK and time to take the learning outside. Science, geography and art are often thought about when planning outside lessons as the ‘resources’ of mini-beasts, ow-bow lakes and scenic landscapes, on the whole, are found outside. But what benefits are there for doing DT outside (other than keeping your classroom mess-free) or music outside (other than annoying the teacher of 5B)?

In this session of #UKEdChat, we will discuss the impact of learning by going outside – does it work for every single subject, and what safety considerations are needed?


  1. When was the last time you took your pupils outside for their learning? What did you do?
  2. In your subject, what opportunities exist to take teaching and learning outside?
  3. What rules, considerations, or expectations do you place on your students when learning outside?
  4. What are the essential resources required for learning outside?
  5. What do you see as the behavioural, emotional and physical benefits of students learning outside?
  6. Are your school grounds conducive to learning outside? Why (not) and what else would be useful to have?
  7. Are there some subjects/topics which cannot be taught outside?
  8. Tell us about your best and worst experiences of learning outside as a teacher, or during your own schooling.

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