External Links: curriculum outdoors

Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. The outdoors is the perfect setting for learning, formal and informal. Capture children’s imaginations, harness their curiosity and quench their thirst for knowledge, and sneak in some curriculum learning at the same time!

We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on the curriculum outdoors, including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.

Click on a tab to see the links in that section.

We do our best to keep these links up to date, but policies and focus in this area often change. If you find any broken or outdated links or have something you think should be added, please email share@muddyfaces.co.uk with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.

Countryside Classroom

Where teachers can find and access the resources, places to visit and people to ask that will support their teaching about food, farming and the natural environment. Membership networking.

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Countryside Learning

To educate, inform and inspire children, parents and teachers, so that they can enjoy and appreciate the countryside & understand the wide range of issues surrounding it.

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The Country Trust

Dedicated to bringing alive the working countryside for children least able to access it, through farm visits, residentials & growing projects.

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Discovering Our Countryside

“… captures children’s interest and teaches them about the seasonality of UK farming, rural life and wildlife from an early age… brings the world of farming and the countryside right into the classroom.” Free teaching resources.

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Hedge Tree Campaign from the Tree Council

How to use hedgerows to address lots of curriculum topics, particularly healthy eating, emotional health & PHSE. Hedgerow history, medicinal uses, plus activities & links.

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National Gamekeepers Organisation: Educational Trust

Educating children and older people into the ways of the countryside and the important part it plays in our lives. Free educational resources on bird & animal management, and business.

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FSC Outdoor Classroom

Offering fieldwork opportunities in biology/science, geography and adventure & team building.

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Outdoor Education Advisors Panel

Practical help, advice & support to staff taking children off site, to different environments including visits to local areas, museums, places of worship, visits abroad & adventure activities.

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PGL School Trips

Residentials mixing KS2 curriculum-based projects with outdoor adventure activities.

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UK School Trips

Free resource for teachers and other educational group trip organisers, to research, plan and book their own school trips and educational visits.

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YHA: School Trips

Educational activity-based school trips linked to the National Curriculum, for primary and secondary schools, with the aim of instilling self-confidence, trust and teamwork in pupils: subject-based courses and activity packages.

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Barnaby Bear resources

Map it – Bike it – Walk it

Barnaby explores hedgerows, the local area, the UK, Spain and the world with resources for children/3 free lesson plans on local area fieldwork and emotional mapping, for years 5 & 6. Both from the Geographical Association.

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Climate Change Live

Electronic field trips to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts, educators, and students. Webcasts, webinars, and online climate education resources.

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ELI: Earth Learning Idea

‘Innovative, earth-related teaching ideas.’ Great site that releases a new learning activity every fortnight, many for the outdoors or adaptable. Made by professional geologists/geographers.

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Geographical Association

For all teachers of geography, with very useful page with links, research & resources on fieldwork

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Green Teacher

Helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19. Free newsletter & webinars.

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Weather and climate events and resources for teachers and simple demos and experiments to cement learning. From the Royal Meteorological Society.

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Met Office Youtube Channel

Loads of great videos for understanding the weather, also Weather for Kids page includes “explainers and experiments to help kids understand weather and climate.”

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Pollinator Live

Webcasts, webinars and online education resources raising the profile of our essential pollinators.

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Free resource for teachers and students offering extensive curriculum-based information about soil, for primary & secondary pupils. Discover what soil is, the teeming life in soil and about the many environmental threats facing soils.

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Council for Learning Outside the Classroom LOtC

The national voice for learning outside the classroom. Events, CPD, accreditation, research & resources including curriculum packs.


Creative Star Learning

aka I’m a Teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! Supporting & developing outdoor learning & play at a national, local & school level; training, CPD, advice, publications & tons of great resources.

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Engaging Places

Using buildings & places for learning & teaching. Hundreds of resources including lesson plans, resources on architecture/design and places to visit/learn about.

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English Outdoor Council

Umbrella body for organisations involved in provision of outdoor education, recreation and development training, useful Brief Guide To Outdoor Learning.

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Field Studies Council

Environmental education charity providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, and understand the environment.

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Forest Education Network

Bringing those with an interest in forest education together; to promote the sharing of good practice; improve communication and help raise opportunities for, and standards in delivery.

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Institute for Outdoor Learning

Developing quality, safe opportunities to experience outdoor activity provision and supporting and enhancing the good practice of those who work in the outdoors.

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Learning Through Landscapes

UK charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children. Many free resources for teachers and parents – membership gives access to even more.

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National Association for Environmental Education

Promote all forms of environmental education, and support all those involved in its delivery. Members receive free journals & other benefits.

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National Environmental Education Foundation

US programme to help people understand their relationship to the environment and, in turn, increase their environmental engagement. Loads of resources & online courses.

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National Outdoor Events Association

Dedicated to enhancing professionalism in the outdoor events industry through education, networking, lobbying, advice and creating business opportunities.

Outdoor Learning Wales

National network that aims to increase the understanding, appreciation and sustainable use of Wales natural environment. Lots of good free resources & local network groups.

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning (OWL) Scotland

“Dedicated to increasing the use of Scotland’s outdoor environments for learning.” Tons of excellent resources & Forest School info.

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Real World Learning Network

Exploring and sharing successful approaches to outdoor learning that increase action for sustainable development: frameworks, resources, events & more.

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Sustainability and Environmental Education

Supports and enables educators and young people to place sustainability at the heart of their work and learning. Substantial range of good teaching resources.

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Amphibian & Reptile Groups of the UK: educational resources

Two free resource packs with loads of fun activities, ideas and stories, to help you find out more about our native reptiles: Pond Pack & What’s That Snake? Also fact sheets & colouring.

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Earth Science Education Unit

Free CPD training in earth sciences & geology for teachers. Lots of resources including useful short CPD videos, images & reference sheets.

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National Stem Centre

Working to achieve a world-leading education for all young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Use the search facility to find out of the classroom resources.

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Planet Science

“Our mission is to tickle your curiosity, excite your interest, and unleash your passions in science.” Sections for teachers and students, plus Outdoors Experiments section.

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SAPS Science and Plants for Schools

Primary & secondary resources on plant science, including a Beyond the Classroom section  plus newsletter and Ask The Experts facility.

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Sciber Monkey

Web portal containing the best websites, mapped against key themes and topics, found in almost all science curricula, by age range, run by the Society of Biology.

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BBC Schools

Lots of curriculum resources – lots to explore – outdoor-related activities, also inspiring films for schools at the Learning Zone

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Christian Aid Learn

Free teaching resources with a global or developing world focus. Some can be done outdoors.

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Early Learning HQ

Thousands of free downloadable Key Stage 1 & Early Years Foundation Stage resources for teachers, parents & Early Years Professionals – plenty of outdoor activities.

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Eden Project

Tons of brilliant resources for teachers or families: lesson plans, teacher training, and fab outdoor lesson plans.

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Explore HQ

Tons of fun free ‘missions’ designed to inspire children to explore their world and help learning through geography, art, history, science and more.

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Food: a fact of life

Free resources about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming for children and young people aged 3 to 18 years, including fully linked & resourced dairy farm visit.

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Hundreds of gathered links to free teaching resources, lesson plans & worksheets, some of which are outdoor-related.

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Grain Chain

Free, easy-to-use classroom resources for teachers: curriculum-based learning for food science, food provenance, healthy eating and cooking skills.

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Hedgucation resources from Hedgelink

The history, culture and impact of hedgerows: leaflets, worksheets, links, wall charts & info on hedgerow safaris.

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LOtC resource packs

How to develop an outdoor learning curriculum plus 25 resource packs covering English, science, history and maths, with case studies, lesson plans and more. £20 each.


National Wildlife Federation: educational resources

Lesson plans, webinars and other teacher tools from US-based wildlife conservation charity.

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Nature Detectives 

Tons and tons of free resources, things to do, activity sheets and packs and schools section with activities, curriculum resources, outdoor learning packs, even free trees!

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Outdoor & Woodland Learning (OWL) Scotland resources

Lots of free outdoor learning resources – search by topic, age group or keyword for worksheets, learning materials and more.

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Wildscreen ARKive Education

A beautiful record of endangered life; photos, film and data. Free teaching resources covering science, geography, English and art. Classroom activities exploring the outside world.

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Journal of Sustainability Education

Research, practices, and initiatives that integrate dimensions of sustainability within formal and non-formal educational contexts.

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Landex: Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence

40+ member colleges and universities across the UK. To qualify for membership the provider must deliver significant volumes of education and training in land based occupational areas.

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National Foundation for Educational Research

Aims to “improve education and learning, and hence the lives of learners, by providing independent evidence”.

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TES Connect

Teachers forum & resource sharing – search ‘outdoors’ for tons of discussions & info.

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