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Three Fun Activities for Outside the Classroom

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28 November 2016

Education isn’t just limited to the classroom; why not take your teaching to the great outdoors? It does everyone good to get out and about, so we’ve put together a list of fun and educational activities that you can do outside of the classroom.

Treasure Hunt

One of the most fun and engaging outdoor activities for primary school children is to embark on a treasure hunt, with the promise of a reward at the end. Pupils can try to find the treasure in pairs or small groups and are each provided with a map to help them find the hidden treasure.

This activity promotes map reading skills, and helps young children to identify images and symbols on the map, and what they mean.

Creepy Crawly Hunt

Most primary school kids love finding creepy crawlies in the mud. That’s why going on a creepy crawly hunt is fun AND educational for your class.

Give your pupils a list of creepy crawlies, with pictures, and task them with finding them in a wooded area outside. You could start off with creatures such as worms, beetles, ants and spiders.

TOP TIP: this activity can get messy, so make sure you take with you lots of antibacterial wipes. It’s also worth asking your class to arrive in old clothes for the activity, and then they can change back into their uniforms once they’re back in the classroom.

Playground Maths (credit: education.com)

Why should maths be exclusive to the classroom?

Bring maths outside by drawing a chalk grid in the playground (at least 25 squares), and write a number in each square. Which numbers you choose depends on how advanced your pupils are with their maths - for younger children it’s better to stick with single digit numbers. Older kids with more subtraction experience can have double or even triple digits in each square.

Once you’ve filled in the grid, make a chalk line a few feet away from the squares, and give each pupil two beanbags. Then, get each child to throw their bean bags onto the grid. Whichever numbers the beanbag lands on that child must then subtract the smaller number from the larger number. A right answer gets one point and, after a few rounds, there should be a clear winner.

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