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Outdoor learning and our local area

Outdoor learning

At Leyburn Primary School, we have taken inspiration from the National Trust’s list of ’50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾’,  and created a list of outdoor activities that we believe every child should complete during their time with us. As part of every topic, we plan at least two ‘Outdoor Explorers’ lessons which encourage the children to apply the skills learnt during the topic to the outside area. For example, when our Year 3s are studying the Stone Age, they become gatherers by picking apples and blackberries grown in our very own wildlife areas and cook them over a fire.

In addition to our 'Outdoor Explorers' lessons, Years 1 to 6 have one PE unit dedicated to exploring our outdoor area. The Outdoor Adventurous Activities unit includes lessons on orienteering, building shelters, learning different types of knots and, most importantly, learning how to work as a team. Ultimately, by becoming ‘Outdoor Explorers’ and using our outdoor space as much as possible, we believe that we are enhancing the learning of our children and providing them with truly memorable experiences.

Future development

We are working hard to improve our outdoor area; so far we have created a fire-pit area, an outdoor classroom and pathways through our nature area. Our next project involves making these pathways more sustainable, cleaning our pond area, and providing our children with information about the types of animals and trees they may encounter in our school’s grounds.

 There are lots of resources to help plan outdoor activities. Here are two of our favourite ones.


Resources from the Woodland TrustResources from the Woodland Trust Wrexham Adventurous Activities resource.Wrexham Adventurous Activities resource. 



Our local area

 Our local area is a wonderful resource for us to use in school.


Our local magazineOur local magazine


Yorkshire Dales National ParkYorkshire Dales National Park



 We contribute a page of school news

To Leyburn Life each month.    

We are right on the edge of the National Park

and lots of our families have links with it.






Visits and visitors 2016-2017

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