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Outdoor Learning Funding

The Muddy Puddle Teacher – Outdoor Learning Funding

Funding your outdoor learning journey is important and this page will help you to raise funds using your local communities as support.

  • Hold a ‘Muddy Puddles Day’ and ask children to come in outdoor gear. All bring £1 and go on a huge school muddy puddle walk!
  • Have a sponsored walk. Do this on a Saturday afternoon (after most children’s clubs have finished) and ask children to come with a parent/grandparent/aunt/uncle. Bring along £1 each and all go for a hike! Have different teachers leading different walks. Maybe a mini-one for the little guys and longer hikes for the older children. Such a great, feel-good day! Invite the local community too, get them outside and enjoying the fresh air!
  • Muddy Workshops. A bit like the school fair but all-natural and muddy so each teacher has a station doing a different activity that is familiar to The Muddy Puddle Teacher Approach. Such as leaf art, sticky phonics reading, stone counting and let each family pay £1 to come in and do all the activities.
  • Bring a stick to the school day. On this very special day, the children bring a stick to school but also encourage a donation so you can raise funds to develop your outside space!
  • Ditch the plastic Day! A day whereby you try and not use plastic all day. Ask for a small donation to help your outdoor cause.
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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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