Wellies ahoy! It's time for an outdoor learning adventure

On Outdoor Classroom Day (5 November), why not make the most of nature by trying out these growing activities?

02 November 2020

Taking place on Thursday 5 November 2020, Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play. It’s estimated that almost two million children have taken part in the UK and Ireland since its inception in 2012.

According to the Outdoor Classroom Day team, “When teachers take learning outdoors, children’s behaviour improves, classes are excited to learn and individuals who feel inhibited by the curriculum often thrive in an outdoor environment.”

Teaching young people how to grow their own food or flowers is a fantastic way of bringing learning outside. At the RHS, we have lots of resources to help you link your class’s learning to nature. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites below, suitable for use this autumn.
Going on a seed safari – What conditions are needed to store seeds? Do dry seeds grow? Help young people find out the answers to these questions in this interactive lesson plan. This activity links to a few different subjects in the National Curriculum including English, Science, and Art & Design.
Decorate a plant pot – Take your art class outside come rain or shine, with a creative afternoon of potty design! Great for getting ready for next year’s growing season, or your pupils could plant some bulbs now to flower in spring in a pot of their very own.   
Grow your own garlic – Thought you couldn’t grow anything in autumn? Think again! Halloween might be over but you can keep vampires at bay with this Science-linked garlic growing activity.
We love to hear about your growing adventures! Let us know if you try any of these activities out by sharing your pictures on social media or emailing us schoolgardening@rhs.org.uk

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