Learning Outside the Classroom

Kids out pond dippingKids out pond dipping

“Outdoor learning can benefit pupils of all ages and be successful in a variety of settings… [it] enriches the curriculum and can improve educational attainment” – Education and Skills Select Committee

Learning Outside of the Classroom is the use of places beyond the classroom for teaching and learning. It is about getting children and young people out and about, providing them with challenging, exciting and different experiences to help them learn.

The Wildlife Trust can tailor these sessions to you, and can be delivered in on one of our reserves, at our environment centres, or in school grounds. We can offer programmes around specific areas of interest – history, maths, science etc – or provide cross-curricular activities.

Eco Park and Centre of the Earth are Learning Outside the Classroom accredited centres.

In addition to the cross curricular programme, we also offer a wide variety of non-curricular based sessions. This could be anything from Wildlife Watch groups to environmental art activities or den-building and forest schools activities. We can design sessions to suit all needs.

The following activities are examples of some of the sessions we can offer. 

Foundation Stage

Wood discovery

Discover the wonder of woods, the plants and animals through investigation and play

Mini Beast Safari

Search for minibeasts and playgames outside

Sense Nature

Use the senses outdoors through activities, play and storytelling

Teddy Bears Picnic

Using outdoor spaces for play activities.


Key Stages 1 & 2

Green Plants

Learn about your local environment and how we
manage environmental change sustainably.


Investigate minibeasts and their adaptations
to the habitat or investigate minibeasts food
chains and look for evidence of this outdoors.

Outdoor Art

Observe a natural environment, Investigate
shape and form and make your own
outdoor art from natural materials.
Pond dipping Pupils learn to observe and use identification keys to examine creatures carefully. Later they can use magnifiers and see creatures in fantastic detail on the video microscope. Life cycles and the invertebrate’s different stages will be explained.
Soil The pupils will discover the secrets of soil formation and learn about soil as a habitat and its role as home for many invertebrates in the food web. They will learn how to identify soil types and to test the PH levels.
Wildlife Surveying Depending on which is most appropriate for the season, pupils will learn how to survey a particular species of plant or animal. They will look at the range of techniques available and learn how to distinguish which is the best for the group they are surveying.
Food Webs Pupils will explore that in a habitat, animals and plants are interdependent and that the feeding relationships between the producers and consumers are better shown in a food web than a chain. They will learn to distinguish between producers and consumers in the web.



Our education work is typically £200 for a full day or £130 for a half day. The maximum group size for any of these activities is a class (around 35 young people), but some activities require smaller groups. Activities also vary in length, so it will be possible to run several in a day - please get in touch to discuss your requirements.


You can reach us on 0121 454 1199 or email