This post is by Jane Winter, one of our advisory teachers who works in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
I have always been a massive fan of teaching outdoors; children are more engaged and motivated and, in my experience, behaviour is much better. The noise is less intense when not trapped by four walls and, much to the caretaker’s joy, any mess is in the playground instead of on the carpet. In the current pandemic there is the added benefit of less risk of transmission of Covid-19. The first half of the autumn term is a particularly good time to use your outdoor space as the weather tends to be at its best; no need for sunscreen or too many outer layers either.
Top tip: Make sure that families know that you will be regularly teaching outdoors and ask them to provide suitable warm clothing. It may be worth having a supply of spare jumpers and coats (ask for donations of outgrown ones) so that one or two cold children don’t scupper the lesson for everyone.
Although today’s activity can be carried out indoors, it also works very well outside as the equipment is sturdy enough not to be blown away if it is windy. Moreover, instead of mopping up any spills you can just leave them to evaporate. This activity is cheap to resource and uses empty food cans which you could ask children to bring from home, although you will need to double check that there are no sharp edges and that the cans have been thoroughly cleaned. If they have not been adequately sanitised they will also need quarantining for 72 hours.
|Full details of the activity, including list of equipment and safety advice can be found in our free resource Water for Industry|