Teaching primary science outdoors NY009

Develop strategies for teaching science outdoors and plan to implement them in your school.


Outdoor learning is brilliant! Not only do pupils 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 pupils, teachers also experience new curriculum connections, increased morale and enthusiasm for teaching along with reduced discipline and classroom management problems. Learning outdoors is definitely a 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 and physics 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 and beyond. 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 this course will be spent outside. Please prepare for all weather by bringing wellies, full waterproofs, sunglasses and a hat. 

Who is it for?

  • Primary teachers
  • Primary science leads

What topics are covered?

  • the benefits, barriers, opportunities of taking science outdoors
  • biology outdoors
  • chemistry outdoors
  • physics outdoors
  • science trails
  • using tech outdoors
  • cross-curricular opportunities
  • embedding outdoor learning into your school

How will you learn?

Face to face learning at the National STEM Learning Centre in York

How long is this course?

Two day residential course


By the end of this 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



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

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