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Outdoor Learning

RFS Teaching Trees celebrates its 20th birthday in 2020. In the last 20 years we have grown from a handful visits in Yorkshire back in 2000 to over 300 visits for over 9,000 children in 2019 as well practitioner training and support for schools across the Midlands and the North of England.

If you're already involved in Outdoor Learning and wanting some fresh ideas or you're just getting started, our team have produced a range of blogs withour top ideas for use in your setting.

 Setting Up Your Woodland Site

Getting Started: Setting up your woodland site

Creating an outdoor learning area on your school site out of an unused corner of trees can seem a daunting prospect but here's what we've learned through setting up numerous sites in the last 20 years of RFS Teaching Trees.

 Getting Started Outdoor Learning Kit Essentials

Getting Started: Outdoor Learning Kit

Schools often ask us what we'd recommend if you're getting started with Outdoor Learning or if you've been given some money to refresh your kit. Here's our guide to what's in our kit stores.

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20 Books for Woodland Learning

Looking for books to inspire children and young people to visit and love our woodland and forests? Our Teaching Trees team has come together to create their top 20 books.

 Songs To Sing In A Wood 

Songs to Sing in a Wood

Having given you their thoughts on 20 books to inspire the young, our Teaching Trees team has come up with their top songs to sing with youngsters in the wood. Give them a try and let us see and hear how you get on!

 Autumn Activities

Autumn Activities for Outdoor Learning

Autumn is possibly my favourite of the seasons, crisp leaves to stomp through, conkers to unwrap and the perfect weather for hot chocolate and smores around the fire. Try these five activities for some autumn forest fun with your class!

Sustainable Festive Crafts


Sustainable Festive Crafts

For the majority of the year in the forest, we emphasise process over outcome and encourage the children to make only transient art which can then be dismantled or left for the wind to disperse. By not regularly removing material from our forests we ensure that we have the most minimal impact on the ecosystems and leave materials to biodegrade back into their natural environment. 

In the festive period however, some exceptions can be made, with limited use of natural resources from a well managed forest providing a much needed alternative to the consumption of the season.


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Aiming High: thinking skills in the Outdoors

The endless variety that we find in nature provides the perfect opportunity for open ended critical thinking for all ages. Its not just mud kitchens and rope swings!

Guest blogs from our Education Officers
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Speech and Language: Finding our voices in the forest

Georgia Spooner is our Gloucestershire Teaching Trees Officer. In this blog she describes a primary school visit with a speech and language focus which turned out to be one of the highlights of the year for all involved.

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The Best Classroom in the World

Teaching Trees Education Officer Nicki Jempson spells out why woods make the best classroom in the world!