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School Grounds

The easiest first step to taking pupils outdoors is in your own school grounds. Across the UK more than half of all outdoor learning takes place within school grounds. 

Here are some resources to assist with developing your School Grounds:

Eco-Schools Curricular Map - School Grounds Topic

Our revised curricular maps showing Experiences and Outcomes related to the School Grounds Topic.

Download the curricular map for School Grounds

Beautiful Scotland

Beautiful Scotland is a community environmental improvement campaign run by Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society under the Britain in Bloom campaign. The programme supports community groups across Scotland to improve their local environment. Many Beautiful Scotland groups work with  local schools.

Get involved with your local Beautiful Scotland group

Garden For Life Resources

The Garden for Life Forum is a partnership of Scottish environmental organisations working together to increase enjoyment and understanding of wildlife in gardens. The forum has produced seven guides on gardening to get you started.

Download Garden For Life resources

School Grounds & Outdoor Learning

Grounds for Learning – Outdoor Lesson Plans

Grounds for Learning helps children to connect with nature, become more active, learn outdoors, develop social skills and have fun. 

Browse hundreds of outdoor lesson ideas for outdoor learning, across all stages, many closely linked to the Curriculum for Excellence.

Grounds for Learning - Teaching Maths Outdoors

These resources look at how mathematical thinking and learning mathematical skills can be explored outdoors and is packed with curriculum-linked activities.

Download resources and get outside!

RHS Campaign for School Gardening - Build a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

A popular activity with pupils, build a functioning greenhouse from plastic bottles. A great example of Waste Minimisation and plenty of opportunity for curricular links to maths and design. 

Download instructions to make your own Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

International School Grounds Month Activity Guide

International School Grounds Month is an annual celebration of school grounds around the world in May. This Guide is full of ideas to get the most out of your grounds, and was written by 51 organisations from 21 countries.

Download the International School Grounds Month Activity Guide

Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society Education
The RCHS provides lectures, workshops, sharing learning, providing advice, information and practical demonstrations on gardening for young people and educators.

Find out more about RCHS education

Scottish Wildlife Trust - 30 Days Wild

Do something wild every day throughout June: that’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness. Sign up to receive a pack of wild goodies, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to go wild with your class.

Go wild with the Scottish Wildlife Trust

Woodland Trust - Outdoor Learning Pack

This outdoor learning pack for primary school teachers is full of ideas to help teachers deliver outdoor learning in a way that is aligned to Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence and contains 28 stand-alone activities.

Download the pack and get outside

Creative STAR Learning

Inside these pages are lots of practical ideas about learning and playing outdoors including blogs, lesson suggestions and grant information. Written by Juliet Robertson, author of the books Messy Maths and Dirty Teaching: A Beginner's Guide to Learning Outdoors.

Visit Creative STAR learning

School Grounds Development

Place Standard Tool - How Good is Our Place?

The Place Standard Tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to think about both physical elements of a place (buildings, spaces, and transport links) and social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making). A useful tool for older pupils to assess their School Grounds.

Get started with the Place Standard Tool

Grounds for Learning - The Playtime Revolution

In recent years, a number of Scottish primary schools have developed innovative approaches to enabling child-led outdoor play in morning and lunchtime breaks. This training resource has been created to share the learning from these schools. Its aim is to demonstrate how free play in schools can support children’s learning and development and to share practical, tested ideas and approaches to providing richer play experiences in primary schools.

Download training resource

Learning Through Landscapes - School Grounds Audit Tool

This excel spreadsheet is full of thought provoking questions about your school grounds and local greenspace for play and learning. It is an ideal starting place for schools looking to develop projects and funding bids.

Download the School Grounds Audit Tool

Learning Through Landscapes - Outdoor Play Audit Tool

Auditing your current early years provision enables you to establish and record strengths and weaknesses, and use this information as a firm foundation for future development.

Download the Outdoor Play Audit Tool

Learning Through Landscapes - Free School Grounds Resources

Loads of fantastic resources to enhance your lessons outdoors. Includes games, studies, crafts, cooking activities, creative writing and citizen science.

Browse free resources from Learning Through Landscapes

Care Inspectorate - My World Outdoors

Spending time outdoors and particularly in natural environments is good for all of us and especially for children. The Care Inspectorate recognises the benefits of accessing the great outdoors and this resource aims to make a positive contribution to the further development of outdoor play as part of early learning and childcare in Scotland.

Download My World Outdoors

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