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Activities for your class

Find free, downloadable resources to help you bring Scotland’s nature and landscapes to life outdoors and in the classroom for early years, primary and secondary pupils.

Activities for your class

You can search the Outdoor Learning Directory to find funding, resources, places, training and people to meet all of your outdoor learning needs. Or see what we have to offer early years’ practitioners, primary and secondary school teachers below.

We also offer activities and resources that you can download directly from this website. Some are suitable for all stages, while others are targeted at early years, primary or secondary pupils. Look to see what’s relevant to the stage you teach.

All stages

Find simple low resource activities and facts to inspire you to take time out with nature.

View our range of upper primary and lower secondary educational resources in Gaelic. You can also see a list of all Gaelic publications.

A group photo walk around your local area can be a great way to inspire young people to think about the nature around them. Get tips on where to start in Photo Walks: A resource for teachers, facilitators and group leaders.

We support Learning through Landscapes Scotland, who can help all education settings to connect with nature by better using their grounds and local area. View Garden for Life leaflets on the Keep Scotland Beautiful website. These are useful to those wishing to improve their grounds for biodiversity and learning and teaching.

You can also explore this website to find out about NatureScot, Scotland’s habitats and species or ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Biodiversity activities pack

Watch our Biodiversity Begins with a B video, for use with children of all ages.

Find out how your class can engage with biodiversity on your doorstep. Download activities designed to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY

Project inspiration

Teachers and students can explore our topics of interest to secondary students.

Know the code before you go

Help young people (aged 8–14) to explore and understand their rights and responsibilities in the outdoors. Scottish Outdoor Access Code Activity Guides suggest stimulating and fun activities that support Curriculum for Excellence themes such as Learning Outdoors and Citizenship.

View Scottish Outdoor Access Code Activity Guides

Greenspace for schools

Resources to help you identify, access and use nearby greenspace for Learning in Local Greenspace.

Discover John Muir

Want to inspire young people about conservation? You could use the Scottish Book Trust’s John Muir graphic novel in activities with upper primary and lower secondary students.

It aims to raise students’ awareness of the value of the natural environment and encourage them to actively help to protect and enhance our wild places – just as John Muir did. Supporting online activities let readers engage with the concepts in a creative and enjoyable way, to develop a deeper understanding of the issues.

The novel, developed with support from Creative Scotland and NatureScot, supports Curriculum for Excellence.

Other resources on the Scottish-American founder of the national park movement include the Discover John Muir website.

No idea about deer?

Then visit the Deer in Scotland Education Zone. Its activities fulfil a range of Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes, and offer outdoor learning ideas.

Alien detectives

This educational resource is packed full of fun, educational activities to help young people learn about invasive non-native species (INNS) in Scotland. It includes information, activities and games for teachers, families and pupils for learning- most of which can be explored outdoors, or in a home school context.

All about... factsheets and posters

Available in English and Gaelic, these colour factsheets and posters help pupils to learn all about Scotland’s wildlife species and why they’re special.

Search for All about… factsheets and posters

Explore the Shore

Learn some basic marine biology and get ideas for fun ways to explore Scotland’s beaches – some of the best in the world. For primary teachers, group leaders and parents.

Read more on Explore the shore - beach activities series

Peatlands resources

Read more about:

  • Wild, Wet and Wonderful – resources for teachers and students to discover the wonders of peat bogs
  • Schools Out – Fieldwork made easy: Peatlands – topic-based activity sheets for fieldwork and guidelines to help teachers plan fieldwork trips

Learn about the latest advances

Advances is a series of A2 posters that inform teachers about advances in a range of nature and landscape issues in Scotland.

Poster titles include:

  • Scotland: A Little Piece of North America – which explains how Scotland was formed more than 400 million years ago
  • Climate Change: The Heat is Up and it’s Raining – describes the effects of current climate changes across Scotland

Search for Advances posters

Find out more

Teaching, learning and play in the outdoors: a survey of school and pre-school provision in Scotland: NatureScot Commissioned Report No. 779

Teaching in Nature programme 

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