We are so excited to share our Muddy Puddle journey through outdoor learning with you. Muddy Puddle Teacher, UK are an impassioned bunch of experienced primary school and EYFS teachers who are still completely blown away by the transformative change that The Muddy Puddle Teacher Approach can bring to your teaching, children and school.
That’s why we provide a structured extra-ordinary approach to outdoor learning teaching, complete with resources, ideas, activities and training to primary school & EYFS teachers.

We are a new approach to outdoor learning. In a muddy nutshell, we teach to the curriculums, outside, normally within your own grounds using only natural and upcycled resources.
 
Our founder and teacher Sarah Seaman started her outdoor teaching experiences a Level 3 Forest School Leader but found that a difficult task to do alongside her own teaching responsibilities. She also found it added to work-load, was costly and to be done correctly needed regular practice, small groups and quality resources. Something some schools also have difficulty with and like Sarah still, want to find a way to manageably get children outside in nature even more. It is important to note many schools do manage forest schools wells and choose to use both approaches together.
 
Our approach certainly has the ethos of Forest Schools but our methods are different. The major difference is that we link to the curriculum. Pure and powerful forest schools do not and are an holistic approach. We link to curriculums and feed the holistic work in by using nature and being outdoors. However, we find that by doing this we support the work being done indoors and feels less pressure on the educator. Our approach has also expanded in many ways we were not expecting such as having an incredible academic impact on lower able and disengaged children at raising results and supporting the well-being of the teacher by placing them in calming surroundings.
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The Muddy Puddle Teacher Approach gives you the tools and guidance to take your curriculum outdoors, use natural resources and embrace teaching all year round!

Through this approach, your children will receive a unique academic experience that is cross-curricula. More importantly, you’ll have a positive impact on their physical health and mental wellbeing. Learning will become more memorable for children and you’ll find that they are fuelled with enthusiasm as their confidence increases!

Our approach will also support your own wellbeing as an educator. As you begin your journey as a Muddy Puddle Teacher, you’ll find that you become more creative and increase your own physical activity.

From teaching partitioning with sticks to learning phonics with leaves and mud.  We have all the ideas, knowledge , skills and expertese to get you there! Want to know how to train on the approach.  Choose to do this online or hire us in.  

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Sarah Seaman, teacher and mum of two girls, is the proud creator and founder of the Muddy Puddle Teacher Approach in 2018.

Sarah has been an outdoor practitioner ever since she can remember! Early in life, Sarah took up horse riding and taught other children how to ride horses, whilst also working as a nanny for two tots during her A-levels. However, it wasn’t until she became a teacher that she realised her passion for education.

Originally Sarah trained and worked as a Level 3 Forest School Leader for five years but found this approach wasn’t suited to her. Being a little over 5ft tall, she also struggled with fire, tarps and carrying the kit. This is when Sarah’s focus shifted. She began using the outdoor space more as a purposeful and inspiring place to teach. It was at this stage she started to blend the curriculums with the outdoors.

Sarah continued in this experimental stage for a further 6 years and then left teaching to focus on developing the MPTA. Self-funded and with two young tots at the time, Sarah spent two years working with local schools and focused on teaching solely outdoors. During this time, she gained incredible support from parents and the local community who recognised the benefits of her innovative teaching methods. In March 2018, Sarah took the plunge and launched The Muddy Puddle Teacher on Facebook. Impressively, this has now reached a total of 35,000 users and is continuing to grow each day!

It’s clear more than ever that headteachers, teachers, parents and children want and need this approach. Through this approach nature becomes the helping hand that every teacher needs. The MPTA also enables children to embrace being outside in the fresh air, increase their knowledge and learn through engaging methods.

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Our whole approach stems around BALANCE.

Lots of time outdoors will make indoor learning more appealing.

To feel good about ourselves we need to take time to show compassion to each other.

Going out in all weathers makes the sunny days more appreciated.

Using man-made resources and natural resources gives children an understanding of sustainability.

Moving around and making our learning active makes the sit-down work more rewarding.

To help guide us The Muddy Puddle Teachers follow the Muddy Ms.

Muddy Nature – We will use nature as our second teacher. 

Muddy Wellbeing – We will think of the child’s wellbeing every lesson. 

Muddy Movers – We will keep children active.

Have we peaked your interest? Have a browse our resources or sign up now to become a Muddy Puddle Teacher!

When I set up a Facebook group for teachers in May 2018, I had no idea that within three
months, I would have almost 30,000 members. Who would have thought that a
Facebook group to share my powerful, realistic approach to outdoor learning
would be so popular?

Well it was. And here I am today, the founder of The Muddy Puddle Teacher, an outdoor learning training and resource provider for teachers. Today, I spend my days travelling up
and down the UK, sharing my unique approach to powerful outdoor education that
transforms the ordinary into the extra-ordinary.

I never imagined that after a ten year career in teaching, that included roles as: an Assistant
Head, SENCO and Maths Leader, I would be a founder of my own company. Prior to
teaching, I worked for CBeebies and CITV, so I have always had a penchant for
learning that is also fun, active and creative.

As a mum to two gorgeous girls, I know, first-hand just how precious and impactful every moment of any learning journey is. So it is no surprise really, that Muddy Puddle
combines all the best of the things that I love about education: learning,
children and fun.

Like so many of us, in 2014 I began to notice the distinct change that the new national curriculum had brought to my classroom. There was a shift towards children spending lesson time stuck inside, at their desks, partaking in passive learning. It felt wrong
and it was clear that many children were becoming bored with static,
predictable learning. I could not shake the feeling that there had to be another
way.

And so it was that I left my classroom behind, to step out into the unknown, with only my passion for dynamic learning and a conviction that something different could be done. After leasing a woodland space with help from Sheffield Council, I began to develop The Muddy Teacher Outdoor Learning Approach.

Although I was not a particularly ‘outdoorsy’ person at the time, I soon discovered that
this was the perfect environment for active, fun and exciting learning to
thrive, free from the barriers and restraints that the classroom can bring. As
I began to develop outdoor alternatives to lessons that were usually taught in
the classroom – the penny dropped. This was the freedom, creativity and meaning
that I had been looking for.

The proof was quickly in the pudding, as outdoor lessons using the Muddy Puddle
Teacher approach became impressive demonstrations of how valuable learning
outside the classroom could be for all children when delivered the Muddy way.

With a desire to share my learnings with other teachers, I opened my Facebook Group
and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, one of my greatest joys is to know that the Muddy Puddle Outdoor Learning Approach is an inclusive, child-led, holistic approach that speaks to all children. Whether pupils have EBD or SEN, are struggling readers, withdrawn or dis-engaged, through outdoor education, we are able to bring the magic of learning to every child. And that is the fire that gets me up, out and back on the road every day. The reason, indeed, why so many of us became teachers all those years ago.

And so, it is my pleasure to share the Muddy Puddle Teacher Outdoor Learning Approach with you, through our outdoor learning teaching resources and training programme. Extra-ordinary learning experiences that you and your children will remember forever.

Join the journey too. Browse our resources and training programs, add yourself to our mailing list, find us on Facebook, watch our videos on Youtube or contact me, Sarah Seaman, Muddy Teacher Founder.

Enjoy the journey and I look forward to meeting you soon.

Sarah Seaman and the team

The Muddy Puddle Teacher Approach gives you the tools and guidance to take your curriculum outdoors, use natural resources and embrace teaching all year round!

Through this approach, your children will receive a unique academic experience that is cross-curricula. More importantly, you’ll have a positive impact on their physical health and mental wellbeing. Learning will become more memorable for children and you’ll find that they are fuelled with enthusiasm as their confidence increases!

Our approach will also support your own well-being as an educator. As you begin your journey as a Muddy Puddle Teacher, you’ll find that you become more creative and increase your own physical activity.

To help guide us we follow the Muddy Ms.

Muddy Nature – We will use nature as our second teacher. 

Muddy Wellbeing – We will think of the child’s wellbeing every lesson. 

Muddy Movers – We will keep children active.

Have we peaked your interest? Have a browse our resources or sign up now to become a Muddy Puddle Teacher!

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This approach is incredibly cost effective and could even reduce your budget. Engage on our social media pages for free ideas, buy our low-cost planning and resources for as little as £5 or train with us to become a Muddy Puddle Teacher. The Muddy Puddle Teacher Award cost only £80 to complete! Our incredible approach uses no fancy and expensive resources.  No additional materials need to be purchased. We simply use the natural waste and upcycle items around us. Just think…… if every class from EYFS to Year 6 increased going outside even 10%, could that reduce the amount of stock used in school?  Less use of whiteboard pens?  Glue Sticks, printing and paper? Increase that by 20% and a school could be saving some serious money on other worthwhile areas of learning as well as teaching children the use of learning from what we have around us, sustainability.  Not everything has to be brand new and plastic!

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There is nobody around like us.  Our approach has taken an incredible amount of time and financial support to make this happen. Some sites do offer teaching resources but we offer an ethos behind it to. A style of teaching we feel is the future of education. Active, support well-being with nature by our side 🙂

Budget, manageability, sustainability, links to the curriculum, parents, special needs, individual needs, child mental health, mastery, levels, health, wellbeing, compassion, nature, obesity, stress, anxiety, love, happiness.

Everything a child should be getting and a teacher has to think about has been applied to this approach and it is this that makes it so sustainable and is radically changing the lives of not just the children, but the well-being of the teachers, parents and whole school community.  This approach is more than just outdoor learning its about producing life-long learners, good citizens and happy communities.

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·       Supports sensory learning

·       Improves disengaged children

·       Supports active children and children who prefer to move when learning

·       Tactile learning

·       Improves gross and fine motor skills

·       Increases opportunities for speech and language skills to be used

·       Practices social skills

·       Environment for good bacteria

·       Increases children’s and teacher’s wellbeing

·       Physically demanding opportunities to get out of breath

·       Engages parents

·       Supports SEND

·       Provides context

·       Engages all children

·       Gives a love for nature and a love for learning

·       Cross-curricula

·       And so much more…

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