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The Outdoor Classroom - Outdoor Learning Teaching Resources

These teaching resources have been designed for primary school classes to use in green outdoor spaces. Lesson plans and ideas are provided for use in most parts of the curriculum at key stage one and key stage two levels.

These resources were originally designed for use in Mereway Nature Park and Kneller Gardens, two adjacent sites in the lower Crane valley of Twickenham, West London. However it is hoped that they will also be adapted by teachers for use in other outdoor sites in the Crane Valley and elsewhere.

This package has been put together by Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) as part of its commitment to promote the educational value of the Crane valley. FORCE will permit the use and reproduction of these teaching resources for not-for-profit educational purposes. We welcome feedback from anyone who uses these resources or who would like to contribute ideas and suggestions for additional sheets.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT
Introduction 
Title page Outdoor Classroom: title page and Introduction
Contents List of teaching resources for Learn For Schools - The Outdoor Classroom
Teaching Resources and Acknowledgements 
FORCE Who are Friends Of the River Crane Environment (FORCE)?
Help a London Park Project Includes maps
The River Crane Introduction, Further sources of information, The influence of man, History - Mills, urbanisation, Flooding
How to use these resources
Planning your visit
Health and safety
Risk assessment
Other useful information
Preparing for your visit, planning resources

 

CURRICULUM RESOURCES
Curriculum focus
Worksheets for pupils
Resources for teachers
Notes
Geography
Maps   Geography, Orienteering, Map reading, Team work, Maths: Mereway and Kneller Crane Park
Photo trail Orienteering Geography, Orienteering: Mereway and Kneller Crane Park
Treasure Hunt    
The River River Crane
River channels
River flooding
 
Geography & Citizenship
  River pollution and human impact on the environment Rivers, Environment, Pollution, Water, Water quality
History
  Duke of Northumberland's River Local history, Land use, Mills, Maps, Literacy, Design and Technology, Science, Water power
Mereway bathing place Local history, Land use, Victorians, Swimming, Rivers, Maps
Playground Local history, Land use, Mapping, Literacy
Literacy
A-Z Grid    
Description    
Plants I saw    
Senses    
Story    
   Watery words Poetry, Rivers
Watery words - Dickens: Literacy and history
Music
   Crane Music Music, PE, Dance, Mime
Sound mapping Music, Science Sounds, Maps, Sound mapping, Musical elements, Vibration, Resonance, Sound, Rivers
Numeracy
Length    
Shapes 2D    
Shapes 3D    
Symmetry Bridges and repeating patterns  
Weights    
Science
Animal or plant hunt    
Bridges Bridges Bridges, Land use, Geography, Science, History
Food chains    
Materials    
Parts of a plant    
Push and pull    
Seasons    
Science & Diary
If you saw it, tick it    
Science & Numeracy
Mini beasts    
Science & Art
  The river as a habitat Rivers, Habitat, Vegetation
PE, MFL
  Working together Team work, Co-ordination, Communication, Logical thinking

 

MAPS AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Section
Resources
Notes
Reference
Maps
Divider Reference Maps section divider
Crane Valley Park Sites Map (Colour) Crane Valley Sites Maps
Sketch Map of Mereway 1896 (B&W) Historic map of Mereway
Mereway Habitat Map (Colour) Mereway Nature Park Habitat Map
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Maps
Divider Blank Maps section divider
Crane Park Hanworth Road
Kneller Gardens (B&W)
Mereway Nature Park (B&W)
River Crane & Duke of Northumberland's River (B&W)
River Crane & Duke of Northumberland's River (Colour)
Local maps
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Worksheets
Divider Blank worksheets section divider
Blank framed sheet Blank worksheet
Diary front cover Diary front cover
Front sheet Outdoor Classroom front cover/sheet
Data sheet Blank data sheet
Record sheet Blank record sheet
Summary sheet Blank summery sheet
Tally chart Blank tally sheet
Newspaper article (Crane News) Write a newspaper article
Worksheets
to colour
Blackbird
Blossom
Butterfly
Fox
Kingfisher Bridge
Robin
Shot Tower
Stag Beetle
Sketches to colour and illustrate
Other
Resources
Divider Other Resources section divider
Time line Mereway and Kneller time line, 1540 to present
Other electronic resources Further resources
Habitat information sheets - Mereway Bramble scrub, Meadow grassland, Nettles, Rank grassland, Woodland
Habitat information sheets - Crane Park Reed-beds, The River Crane, Meadow grassland, Woodland