lesson resources for outdoor classrooms

free science, maths and reading lessons for outdoor classrooms

Stuck with how to use your outdoor learning time? Look no further.

Created by qualified teachers to meet KS2 national curriculum objectives, our free to download lesson plans are active, exciting, and educational.

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science - predators and prey

This exciting outdoor running around game with reflection questions guides children to think about food chains, natural habitats, and how environmental changes can affect them.

National Curriculum Objectives:

Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition” Year 3, Animals including humans

“Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.” Year 4, Living things and their habitats

“Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.” Year 4, Animals including humans

“Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways” Year 6, Evolution and Inheritance

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maths - time trials

This active outdoor maths lesson encourages children to time each other completing tasks, compare durations, and process the data using charts and operations.

National Curriculum Objectives

"Compare durations of events" Year 3, Time

"Estimate, compare and calculate different measures" Year 4, Measurement

"Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these" Year 5, Multiplication and Division

"Complete, read and interpret information in tables" Year 5, Statistics

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reading - the great comprehension hunt

Using the text of your choice, send your students out to discover and answer the comprehension questions hidden around your playground, written for a variety of differentiated levels.

National Curriculum Objectives

"Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions" –Years 3 & 4

"Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination" –Years 3 & 4

"Make comparisons within and across books" Years 5 & 6

"Ask questions to improve their understanding" Years 5 & 6

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The children are really enjoying playing on the new climbing apparatus.

We are very happy with the installation that you carried out for us and it's so good the see the children using an area of the field that has been out of use for so long.


St Teresa's Catholic Primary School


“Learners stayed out here all playtime - which they do not usually do. They have been playing competitions with me”

“They enjoy exploring it so much they don’t want playtime to finish”

“It’s so much better! The children are happy and have a nice area to sit with their friends and equipment to play on”

Calthorpe Academy


A huge thank you from us here at St Laurence; the trim trail was installed in super quick time with minimum fuss and was very well organised throughout. 

The two chaps were absolutely lovely and did a brilliant job.  The children are super excited to get on playing on it tomorrow!

Thank you!

St Laurence-in-Thanet C of E Junior Academy