blog sarah s

BlOG: Outdoor Learning: The Future of Education in a Socially Distant Society

Outdoor Learning

For many years, schools have viewed Outdoor Learning as an approach to education and as just one of the many ways to do things. With the Coronavirus, all bets are off. Working out how we are going to take learning outside in the UK is now a must. Rather than starting from scratch, outdoor learning is already being openly practiced in the UK, with results that may even be beginning to outperform traditional classroom-based learning. However, rather than some sort of educational free-for-all, Outdoor Learning can be a structured, curriculum-led practice and – at The Muddy Puddle Teacherwe’re leading the field.

Follow The Structure

With Outdoor Learning, there may be a stronger element of allowing children to find their own way, but this is within a fixed lesson plan that follows a set flow that enables and empowers children.

As a practice, a lot of teaching practice has moved away from facilitating learning, jumping in to help children at the first signs of struggle or resistance and piecing the elements together for the child. The Muddy Puddle Teacher Outdoor Learning Approach offers nurture on a different level, where the child has every thing they need to create that moment of connection for themselves; they are surrounded by Mother Nature, using tools of common currency within their age group, such as sticks and leaves, and still following the National Curriculum.

As a return to school looms large on the horizon, UK educators can instantly turn to Outdoor Learning providers for support, knowledge and with a system that’s ready to implement. Although there is much speculation about a return in the summer term, socially-distant schooling will still be a reality in September and beyond. That’s when UK schools will need to ensure that their outdoor learning supplier is fit for all weathers (apart from extreme wind).

The Muddy Puddle Teacher has seen a sharp rise in enquiries since the Government’s announcement about a phased return to school in England. CEO of The Muddy Puddle Teacher, Sarah Seaman, invites more schools to get in touch. Sarah comments, These are unprecedented times and, as a nation, we are having to learn to live with a new normal. This is just as relevant to schools. As the CEO of an Outdoor Learning specialist education provider, I want to take the opportunity to speak directly to school leadership teams – You can implement an outdoor learning approach with much more ease and confidence than ever before. We are already in schools, offering a tried-and-tested product. We understand what needs to be done and are committed to helping you get ready to welcome your children back, whenever that maybe”.

Able to be implemented on a much quicker scale than forest school-style learning, The Muddy Puddle Teacher has a ready-to-go programme that can be rolled out at any school. Using natural and upcycled resources to learn with, The Muddy Puddle Teacher works with the resources you already have.

 

Like our Muddy ideas?

Spread the word and check out our ideas in action on our YouTube channel!

Follow on Twitter @MuddyTeachers

Chat with others on our Facebook Group Muddy Puddle Group

Follow our Facebook Page to see newly launched products The Muddy Puddle Teacher

Get tips and Ideas on Instagram @the_muddy_puddle_teacher

The Muddy Puddle Teacher ®

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.

Looking for a group subscription? We offer big reductions for schools and nurseries that book in groups. The more staff the more the discount per person. Click here for a quote.

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.
 
 

 

The new way to do Outdoor Learning

Teacher Training | Teaching Resources

EYFS | KS1 | KS2

Get 14 day FREE Sign up here

You need a subscription to download this file. Log in/Upgrade or Start Your 14 Days Trial. Feel free to Send us a message if you need help.