Outdoor Learning and Covid-19 Coronavirus
As a teacher, or teaching assistant we appreciate you will be busy planning and preparing how to safely engage your children back in school from September.
Your outdoor space will be a key part of this and we are able to help you to really make the most of your outdoor spaces or local green space in line with social distancing to keep everyone safe.
We are currently offering a short FREE hour long outdoor learning taster session at school, outside. This can be for any year group and can be a simple activity to help get you back into the swing of things, a fun way to ease your children back into learning, or we could link it to a current topic if you have one.
You may feel you don’t have the skills and experience to support learning outdoors. We can help with that with programmes to train teachers and support staff , which will give you the tools to confidently work more regularly with your children outside, either temporarily or as part of a longer term plan. Group size will need to be in line with the latest guidelines (which is currently up to 30 with a leader). Prices available on request.
Full risk assessments for all our activities including what we have put in place to reduce the risk through Covid-19 are available on request and will be updated on our website.
Once you are in a position to engage fully in sessions at a local reserve or green space, we have a range of sessions available. This can be full or half day Outdoor Learning sessions.
If you don’t feel confident in arranging a trip out – the sessions may be adapted to deliver at your school if you have a suitable space. This would require discussion between us to agree on risk assessment strategies:
- The Stone Age (KS2)
- Habitat Studies (All ages)
- Natural Art (all ages)
- Outdoor adventure (KS2)
- Exploring seasons (FDN, KS1)
Costs for all our sessions are available on request. These are at a reasonable and affordable level as our outdoor learning service is subsidised through funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery.
We still want you to stay wild and keep learning, so please take a look at our Nature Adventures page for lots of ideas you can do outside, and follow us on social media for regular updates, videos and free downloads!
If you would like to make a future provisional booking at one of our sites, or discuss what we could do for you at your school, then please do get in touch.
We want children and young people across Sheffield and Rotherham to reap the lifelong benefits of a wild childhood and to learn to look after their natural world.
There are lots of ways we can help children and young people of all ages play wild, learn wild, get outside and connect with nature. Our outdoor learning programme is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. There are four key hubs where we deliver outdoor learning in Sheffield and Rotherham: our outdoor classroom at Greno Woods; Cliff House Farm, home of Our Cow Molly, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund; the biomass plant at Blackburn Meadows, supported by E.ON; and the Woodland Discovery Centre at Ecclesall Woods, in partnership with Sheffield City Council.
Explore the links below to find out more about the outdoor learning opportunities available to you.