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Outdoor Learning Clothing (Learn outside the classroom)

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Outdoor learning clothing

What is ‘Muddy Clothes Winter Donations Day’?

We plan to hold two muddy clothes donations days to help better support outdoor learning.  One in winter and one in summer.  To help support our schools to get the clothes in they need to get children outside and messy.  Furthermore, is buying clothes new ethical anymore? Read this article that explains more about the use and waste of water when we buy clothes.  Yes, it is convenient for us to buy new but if we tried at least ways to even reduce this a small percentage then we are making a difference and moving in the right direction. Something we are muddy passionate about. Plus your saving your school money and giving the children an appreciation of reuse, recycle. You need this if you want to be successful at outdoor learning.

What do we do?

Use the ‘Muddy Clothes Winter Donations Day’ poster in this blog, print it off and display it around your school and get the KS2 children to post it within their local community.  Also, call your charity shops.  We work with Barnardo’s who are happy to keep any winter clothes to one side for you, for a few weeks, if you give them a call. Find your local Barnardo’s by clicking here.  Ask the staff to also search at home and make a big deal about the ‘Muddy Clothes Winter Donations Day’.  You could even feed in some outdoor learning, sustainability information about the fashion industry and how clothes are made.   Gather all the clothes in the hall and do a proud assembly about all of the clothes you have to collect and how this is going to get your school outside more.

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Here are 3 top outdoor learning ideas to get you started :

  1. Make sure the children have the right clothing – bring a muddy bag in or dress for mud that day!
  2. Make it messy and muddy – why not you are outside!
  3. Stick to natural resources – less clearing up for you and more kind to the environment.

Our muddy resources support all curriculums and we use only natural resources so any school, anywhere can use our approach. Including Early Years Framework, NC, CfE, American Curriculums.

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Outdoor learning in primary schools is an essential way to bring wellbeing to the classroom.

Here are some muddy top tips to make a start in each key stage.

  • Outdoor Learning KS2 – Try taking 10-minute slots or brain breaks in between sessions. Do the Muddy Walk and Talk and just use it for general discussion or chat.
  • Outdoor Learning KS1 – Try taking phonics games outside. Choose a sound and use leaves
  • Outdoor Learning EYFS – If you can make sure there is an outside space that is accessible and start to reduce the plastic and have more natural objects. Such as leaves they can write on, stones to do art with. Strip back the made plastic objects and keep natural for optimum imagination and creative skills to be used.
  • Outdoor Learning KS2 – Try taking 10-minute slots or brain breaks in between sessions. Do the Muddy Walk and Talk and just use it for general discussion or chat.
  • Outdoor Learning KS1 – Try taking phonics games outside. Choose a sound and use leaves
  • Outdoor Learning EYFS – If you can make sure there is an outside space that is accessible and start to reduce the plastic and have more natural objects. Such as leaves they can write on, stones to do art with. Strip back the made plastic objects and keep natural for optimum imagination and creative skills to be used.

For more outdoor learning ideas for primary schools, sign up for FREE! If it is active learning you are looking for try GoNoodle a great way to get kids moving inside the class.

Watch the MPT safety videos to help you practice the best outdoor learning methods. These videos are also useful for those practising forest school.

Search for more outdoor learning resources : Babies (0-2) | Tots (2-4) | EYFS (4-5) | KS1(5-7) | LKS2( 7-9) | UKS2 (9-11) | Special Needs

For Training head to: Accredited Training | Short Certificate Courses

Have you also checked: Outdoor Ebooks | Assembly Packs | Home Learning Packs | Safety Support | Special Outdoor Events

  • Support Outdoor Learning charities and head to Learning through Landscapes who can help with free outdoor learning ideas.
  • Institute for Outdoor Learning are also a fabulous charity to refer to if you want to gather ideas for outdoor learning training and organisations.
  • Look out for Green Flag Award to promote outdoor learning in primary schools through the muddy puddles approach.

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