Outdoor Classroom Day – 4th November

We are very excited by Outdoor Classroom Day on the 4th November. Did you know that environmental stewardship and connection with place is strongly related to the amount of time we spend immersed in nature when we are children?

Five ways to get involved in Outdoor Classroom Day

  1. Take at least one class outdoors on the day. Check out the resources section of our website for plenty of outdoor learning and play ideas – including a selection from our friends over at Earth Cubs.
  2. Play around with playtime. Outdoor play is critical to children’s health and wellbeing. Try out some of these top tips from OPAL on Outdoor Classroom Day and witness the impact better playtimes can have for everyone.
  3. Set children an outdoor task to do at home. If any of your students are learning from home on the day, share outdoor learning and play ideas with parents. From mud play to making faces, there are lots of easy ideas in our resources section.
  4. Use the journey to and from school to explore nature. From collecting natural items to playing a game of outdoor bingo, there are lots of ideas on our outdoor journeys Pinterest board.
  5. Get a friend involved! Share this email with a friend or colleague to help grow the movement and make sure more children experience the benefits of spending time outdoors.

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Children Outdoors – the Impact of Covid-19

Article and research by Cheryl Willis showing up to 60% of children spent less time outdoors during the Covid-19 Crisis.

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Ideas for Home Learning #6

The Edible School Yard Project in California has just published an excellent range of at-home learning resources …. This organisation is a pioneer in plot-to-plate learning and their materials are high quality.


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Activity Ideas from Learning Through Landscapes

Looking for inspiration during lockdown? Learning Through Landscapes is a fantastic charity that is dedicated to promoting learning outdoors. The link below includes their archive of resources, including a barefoot safari and cloud gazing ….

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Rhyl Kitchen Classroom – article in The Kentishtowner

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Mill Our Own Flour – Winter Wheat

We’ve just sown our winter wheat seeds, hoping for a harvest late next summer. We often work with dough here at Rhyl Primary School and this is a chance for the children to see the whole life cycle – ending up with pizza from our wood fired oven.

Amazing advice here from Brockwell Bakes.

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Back in Action – The Outdoor Classroom re-opens

We are very excited to be back in the garden after it was closed for a year for the construction of Rhyl Kitchen Classroom, our amazing new teaching kitchen in the school grounds. The children are gardening once again and rushed back to their favourite plant of all – the Buckler-Leaved Sorrel.

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Ideas For Home Learning #5

This month marks the start of the English strawberry season. Buy a punnet in the shops for the family to share and use the fruit to kick start these activity ideas:


  1. Computing / Science. Research the fruit online and answer the following questions. What are the yellow bits on the outside of a strawberry? What are they called? What is their function?
  2. English / Design & Technology. Make smoothies together and write a recipe. Discuss the features of a written recipe. Your child can then write their own. To extend this activity, they could design a label or container. This could include a name, slogan, logo, nutritional information, best before date and list of ingredients.
  3. With a magnifying glass, look closely at the structure and pattern of the seeds on the skin of a strawberry. Then use various textured materials, such as bubble wrap, polystyrene or egg boxes, to create ‘zoomed-in’ modern artwork of the repeated patterns that the students find. Or use the fruit to make edible fruit sculptures, using toothpicks to connect the fruit. The work of sculptor Anish Kapoor might provide further inspiration.
  4. Try some mindful eating – an activity idea courtesy of The Edible Schoolyard. Can you enjoy eating more just by focusing your attention? How does the experience of eating change when you eat slowly? Mindful eating is the practice of paying close attention to your food and how you are eating it. If you have kept the fruit in the fridge, let the strawberries warm up to room temperature before eating. Find a quiet place for this activity. Use all your senses. Look closely – what does it look like? What do you notice? Smell the fruit – what words could you use to describe the smell? Touch the fruit – what does it feel like? Finally, taste the fruit – take a small bit and notice the texture. Take another small bite and notice the taste – is it sour or sweet? How would you describe it?
  5. Grow your own strawberries. These plants grow happily in pots, which you can put on a sunny windowsill or balcony. Encourage your child to observe the life cycle of the plant: you will see the white flowers, then the beginnings of the fruit starting to form. The plants of largely self-fertile, which means you are unlikely to see man flying insects pollinating the flowers.
  6. Propagate (reproduce) your own strawberries. This is easily done via ‘runners’ (the new, creeping stems). Peg them down into a small pot filled with compost. Once it is anchored with roots, cut it away from the mother plant.


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Ideas For Home Learning #4 – Outdoor Classroom Day

21st May marks Outdoor Classroom Day. This year the organisers have adapted to the current restrictions, but children across Britain are still taking the chance to learn under blue skies …


Here’s some activity ideas and their latest update:

Happy Playful Nature day! … the whole Outdoor Classroom Day team is dressing up today to celebrate our connection to the natural world. If you and the children in your care are still deciding what to do, check out our Pinterest board for inspiration. Here are a few of our favourites…

Nature crown
Gather leaves, twigs and feathers to make a nature crown fit for royalty. If you can’t get your hands on natural materials, make some out of paper or card and colour them in. Make the headband out of whatever you have at home, such as a cereal box or an old pair of tights.

Cardboard wings
Cardboard boxes provide so many opportunities for dressing up. Make yourself a set of wings out of whatever boxes you have – depending on the size, you could be a butterfly, dragonfly or bee! Attach them using string, ribbon or elastic, and decorate them to make them shine.

Eco printing
Give old clothes a natural makeover by printing with plants and flowers. Kids will love this activity – and it will help them discover nature at the same time. If you don’t have any old clothes, you can also use this technique on paper and use it to make dress up items like masks.

Whatever you decide to create, share it with the world using #PlayfulNature.

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we will help children to retain their connection to the natural world during the coronavirus crisis – and we’ll work harder than ever once it is over to make sure children have time outdoors every day.

The Outdoor Classroom Day team

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Outdoor Learning and Reopening Schools

Interesting article about Covid and Outdoor Learning:


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