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The newly published The National Curriculum Outdoors series for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 supports teachers in linking curriculum objectives to outdoor lesson plans for every subject and year group, providing a structure for children to learn, create and have fun outdoors.
The lesson plans in these handbooks include primary curriculum objectives; intended learning outcomes; warm-up and main activities; plenary guidance; ICT and PSHE links; and word banks.
The books are co-authored by outdoor learning experts Deborah Lambert, Michelle Roberts and Sue Waite. They are based on outdoor education research and the activities described have been tried and tested in schools.
Here, Deborah Lambert, Michelle Roberts and Sue Waite give further information on the series, and how the books can be used by teachers to enable pupils to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of learning in the natural environment.
A free subject overview showing the topics covered at each curriculum level by The National Curriculum Outdoors is available to download here.
For more inspirational books on outdoor learning from Bloomsbury Education, click here.
Sue Waite was Associate Professor at Plymouth Institute of Education. She led Natural Connections, the largest UK project on learning in natural environments funded by
Natural England, DEFRA and Historic England, and has conducted many research projects on the educational and health benefits from spending time in the natural
Michelle Roberts is Assistant Headteacher at Callington Community College. Michelle works with a range of primary schools across all subject areas and secondary schools in PE. She has a passion for outdoor learning, PE and school sports and believes these are fundamental to a child’s health, wellbeing and achievement.
Deborah Lambert has a wealth of experience as a class teacher and as a lecturer in Further Education at the Learning Institute in Cornwall and Devon. Deborah is Outdoor Learning Consultant and delivers cross-curricular INSET and training sessions for schools.
The National Curriculum Outdoors series is published by Bloomsbury Education, £29.99 each. Available from Bloomsbury and other retailers. Follow the National Curriculum Outdoors Facebook Group for more information.
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