Raising Standards Through Outdoor Learning

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OLW Newport network group have been hard at work using awarded OLW Project Grant money to put together a resource pack that identifies links between outdoor activities and the curriculum.

The OLW Grant Scheme has made it possible for the Newport Network Group to develop a resource pack for all schools across Newport, as well as the rest of Wales.

The Project Grant money has been used to provide teacher time by covering supply costs to develop and write the pack, as well the delivery of a project launch event aimed at Newport head teachers and teachers, which took place on 27th June at the National Trust’s Tredegar House.

The event saw children from Ringland Primary take part in a range of demonstration lessons, observed and joined by more than 20 teachers from across Newport. Although it rained for most of the morning, the enjoyment of the children shone through and the benefits of learning outside were clear to see.

Included in the pack are lots of maths and English ideas, as well as seasonal activities, history studies and environmental exploration.

Did you know, for example, that you can make invisible ink from dandelion sap? Or that every bird’s beak is supremely adapted for the food they eat?

Newport network group chairperson, Natalie Waller, is thrilled that the group were allocated funding to develop the project. She said, “The money has made a real difference and we hope the pack will help to inspire teachers to take their classes outside more regularly. The more children taking part in outdoor learning across Wales the better.”

It is hoped that the completed resource pack will be available on this website by September 2014.