What is Wild Time for Schools?

As part of our mission to help re-wild childhood and provide our members and community with tools to help them do just that, we’ve spent the last 12 months developing a prototype product to help teachers take learning outside. It’s called Wild Time for Schools. And you can use it any time you like, as many days as you like, whenever you like.

We’ve developed Wild Time for Schools in collaboration with Lighting Up Learning and the schools that they're working with in Bristol as part of the Natural Connections Demonstration project.

It has been designed as an easy-to-use, web-based product to help teachers take curriculum learning outside.  The site offers time-based learning activities tagged against curriculum learning topics and key learning stages.  So, whether you want to try out an easy 10 minute activity for KS1, a one hour version or a whole day exploring data handling, writing, or investigating with KS2, there is something there for you.

We’re passionate about helping your school 

We want you to be part of this and get outside, learning in the wild. The benefits of outdoor learning are high profile and have been well-documented. Studies have linked proven health and well-being benefits to children spending more time learning out in fresh air.  The creative stimulus of the outdoors is great, but also LOTC provides a chance to break up routine class behaviour and established class patterns, which can limit learning opportunities for some children. Resources are also abundant outside, in becoming more aware of nature and a local place itself, you’ll often find everything that a well-stocked classroom needs!

We’ve learned, through our months of testing, that when the task of getting kids outside the classroom is embraced as a learning experience, instead of a hassle that will remove teaching time, the results can be glorious. Why not try them for yourself?

Seeking forward thinkers

We’re seeking forward-thinking schools, teachers, parents and kids to invite and encourage their schools to take part in the next step of Wild Time for Schools. We need you to make this a success, so that we can roll it out to other schools. Nearly 200 schools in the South West will be getting involved, but we would love more schools up and down the country to get stuck in with us.

Get started here! It’s super easy!

Help us improve it

More than that though, we’d love it if you got more of your teachers doing it. Share your experiences; send in photos and film to us at The Wild Network. We’ll be awarding the wildest school at the end of the week.

Try Wild Time for Schools as a tool to take learning outside. We want to develop and co-create Wild Time for Schools for it to become a really useful tool to help teachers take the curriculum outdoors.

We must point out: This is still a prototype, it’s not perfect, and we need loads more activities in the future. It’s been designed with the input of some ace teachers and schools in Bristol and some amazing outdoor learning folks too. So give it a go and help us make it better, please.

Let us know what you get up to in your outdoor learning with Wild Time for Schools.


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