Can your school take the #30DaysWild challenge this June?

90% of teachers asked by Natural England think that outdoor learning improves pupil's engagement in the classroom. Take part in our 30 Days Wild challenge this June and see the difference it can make!

You'll be able to sign up to get your pack in April. For now, if you want to be the first to hear about 30 Days Wild and get your hands on a free wild pack for your class or school, sign up here.

When you sign up to take part, you'll get loads of great ideas for taking learning outside, from lesson plans to starter activities.

30 Days Wild tips from a teacher ...

 

We know that getting outside can sometimes be a challenge, no matter how much you want to, so we asked experienced biology teacher and outdoor learning advocate Kieron Turney for some 30 Days Wild tips.

Kieron is a passionate wildlife advocate currently teaching at Handsworth Grange. Last year he used 30 Days Wild to give pupils an in-depth outdoor learning experience across a range of topics. 

Teach Wild: Why do you try to teach outdoors? You're a busy teacher, haven’t you enough to do?

Kieron: "I’ve been running nature clubs in secondary schools for years: progress tracking shows that, almost across the board, nature clubs that I've run make a profound difference to pupils’ progress, especially those at risk of not meeting their targets or who have additional needs. In one case, a pupil who had experienced problems with bullying and a lack of self-confidence ended up choosing a career as a vet as a result of the nature club. I got a lovely thank you note from her when she left school.”

Teach Wild: Why do 30 Days Wild? Isn't the odd outdoor lesson enough?

Kieron: “It does feel like a challenge, learning outside for 30 days straight - but the pupils got so much more from the prolonged immersion in the outdoors and in the natural world than they did from a once-a-week experience. And it’s amazing how many different topics you can tick off - something that makes it a handy tool for primary teachers, because you can teach a range of subjects using the outdoors as a classroom.”

Teach Wild: What did you do for 30 Days Wild last year?

Kieron: "The pupils came up with the ideas at a planning session in April - and I timetabled these in to the teaching week. We hunted ladybird nymphs to learn about lifecycles, we read our books outside, we went on barefoot walks and did yoga under the trees. It wasn’t all wildlife-themed - learning outside was the most important thing. I took photos and then simply posted to Twitter. Sometimes we were just spontaneous, and listened to sounds, or learnt about the things we found - microhabitats or identifying organisms with a key. We covered the weekends by doing a couple of things on a Friday, or giving pupils things to do at home.

Teach Wild: Any top tips?

Kieron: "Yes! There’s a great app to help you generate easy ideas that don’t take much planning. We also used the Random Acts of Wildness cards that came with the 30 Days Wild schools pack and there’s loads of ideas on the website."

Teach Wild: What’s the plan for this year?

Kieron: "This year we’re going to learn about the wildlife we know visits our school grounds - one per day. We won’t find them all, but they will shape the day’s learning theme."

If you want to find out more about 30 Days Wild, why not sign up to be the first to hear when registration is open?