Are you unsure about how to take learning beyond the classroom and into the outdoors? Perhaps you are more experienced, but the school grounds are uninspiring and you are looking for some simple grounds changes to create a more engaging space for learning outdoors? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then this handbook and the associated resources are for you!
All materials were developed in Change the Grounds project, which was co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, project number: 2017-1-SK01-KA201-035316.
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Are you unsure about how to take learning beyond the classroom and into the outdoors?
For a more effective and less intrusive outdoor education i tis necessary to break up large, open areas of the school ground to create smaller, atmospheric spaces to support learning. These instrucions will help you find out how to do it.
Instruction for building a herb spiral that creates a range of microclimatic conditions in a small space. In such a spiral garden we can grow plants with different demands.
Insect hotel is a great tool for observing of specific types of insects and monitoring their development stages. Construction of this hotel provides the opportunity to make use of basic tools.
Instructions for building an outdoor classroom in which there will always be plenty of fresh air and you stay in touch with nature. This is how modern teaching can look like.
Performances and other events related to culture are ideally performed an an designated space – stage. If you don’t have one in the schoold yard, you can easily build it out of the pallets.
School ground is an ideal place to make raised beds for growing vegetables, herbs and fruit. Pupils can learn about lifecycles, experience seasonal change and understand where our food comes from.
How to build an unconventional trail out of sand, crumbly gravel, smooth and flat pebbles or bark of a fallen tree trank. It stimulates the arches of the feet and supports the development of better posture.
The use of stumps can be really diverse. You can turn them into aestetically interesting nooks, seating or even sport elements.
Pupils have a better connection with their school ground when they have the opportunity to transfor it. These instruictions will help you make a characteristic totem pillars.
Instruction for building of a well-ventilated container in which pupils can collect green waste from school. Pupils learn a lesson in sustainable waste management and you can use a quality fertiliser in school’s flowerbeds.
This activity improves social skills, teamwork and helps to build pupils’ self-confidence by acting out scenes and then performing them.
This activity focuses on checking existing knowledge of geographical situation of certain states, their neighbouring countries, the positions of countries, their capitals and flags.
In this group activity, pupils make the sounds of a rain storm at pre-agreed teacher’s gestures. You can experiment with the volume and speed of each sound effect.
Staying outdoors, where there are real impusles affecting us, can inspire pupils when writing their own poems or verses more than we can imagine.
All of the different features at the school ground can be named in various languages spoken in the class. This activity leads to expanding their vocabulary.
Seating in the natural environment is relaxing and it is proven that it has great benefits to human health.
Painting at the school yard encourages pupils’ creative freedom and they can get to know nature better in this way.
This activity supports creative writing. By studying and observing the tree and its properties by all the senses, drawing and writing verses, pupils improve their vocabulary.
Pupils search for and select their own local plant samples and prepare their specimen slides for magnification. These sample slides can be observed under a microscope.
By drawing a scaled down outline of the dinosaur on squared paper and then creating their life size outlines on the playground, pupils practise measuring and working with scale models.
Create balls by mixing and rolling wildflower seeds, compost, clay and water. After drying, toss them into a patch of bare earth in early spring or early autumn.
Biology lesson could be carried out at the school yard. It’s nice way to introduce pupils to the identification of local biodiversity living in a certain ecosystem.
Simple instructions for constructing a rocket from cardboard. This activity promotes the active use of maths, physics and it’s a great hook lesson for a topic on space.