Teaching primary science outdoors NY009 / A20

Start date
13 May 21
National STEM Learning Centre, Heslington, York YO10 5DD How to find us

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Outdoor learning is brilliant! Not only do children enjoy learning outdoors, research shows that taking lessons outside is more effective in terms of engagement, retention and attainment and even helps to improve attendance. The benefits are not just limited to learners, teachers also experience new curriculum connections, increased morale and enthusiasm for teaching along with reduced discipline and classroom management problems. Learning outdoors is definitely win, win!


On this two-day immersive CPD experience, you will have the opportunity to explore and take part in a wide range of primary science activities outdoors. We will cover biology, chemistry, physics and STEM outdoors, with curriculum links highlighted throughout. You will take away a wealth of ideas and easily accessible practical activities that you can recreate in your own school’s outdoor space. You will have the opportunity to look at the research underpinning outdoor learning, as well as resources and organisations that are available to support you and your school.


A large proportion of the two days will be spent outside, please bring wellies, full waterproofs, sunglasses and a hat.


Target audience: primary teachers, science subject leaders



The two days will be delivered by Dr Katherine Forsey, a leading Outdoor Learning Specialist, who has previously developed and delivered outdoor education and teacher training programmes for The Yorkshire Arboretum, Kew at Castle Howard and the Woodland Trust and supported the development of outdoor education provision at Three Hagge Woods Meadow. Katherine works directly with individual schools across the UK to support development of their outdoor provision, through one to one mentoring, team teaching and whole staff INSET and regularly delivers workshops at national science education conferences.  


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.



You will be able to:

  • carry out primary science activities outdoors
  • use outdoor activities as a context to develop scientific enquiry skills
  • make effective use of the outdoor learning environment with all ages and abilities
  • support colleagues in their teaching of science in the outdoor classroom
  • identify the actions needed in your school to develop your school grounds to enhance teaching and learning



Teaching primary science outdoors - Day 113 May 202111:00-19:00
Teaching primary science outdoors - Day 214 May 202109:00-16:00


The National STEM Learning Centre will be following all government guidance and regulations to minimise risk of Covid-19 transmission, including the deep cleaning of our accommodation and teaching rooms and maintaining social distancing during course sessions and meal times.

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If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact enquiries@stem.org.uk to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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