Educators Resource Hub - Nature Play SA

EDUCATORS RESOURCE HUB

 

As we look to a brighter future, it is important to recognise that teaching and learning in natural spaces has significant mental health and wellbeing benefits. In addition, whilst social distancing is in place, the outdoor environment is a flexible and open learning space.

 

To support you in providing the best learning environment possible, we’ve developed a range of resources that incorporate the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework.

Outdoor Learning – Risks & Benefits

Rich play and learning opportunities need to be influenced by considered design, planning and construction and by the pedagogy and risk/benefit philosophy of educators. This cross-sector resource provides tools and information to highlight the value of self-exploration, discovery and challenge for children’s development. Case Studies from South Australian sites offer stories of experience and conviction, helping children navigate risk and challenge and optimise learning opportunities.

 

50 Things to do with Loose Parts: Primary Years

 

Natural loose parts are collections found in nature which, when introduced to children’s play, are open-ended with no defined purpose or predetermined rules. This list invites exploration of the learning potential of loose parts within the context of the Australian Curriculum.

 

50 Things to do with Loose Parts: Early Years

 

Natural loose parts are collections found in nature which, when introduced to children’s play, are open-ended with no defined purpose or predetermined rules. This list invites exploration of the learning potential of loose parts within the context of the Early Years Learning Framework.

 

50 Things to do with a Stick: Primary Years

 

Sticks offer infinite opportunities for open ended learning; creativity; experimentation; critique and discovery in many teaching contexts. This list invites you to explore the learning potential of a stick within the context of the Australian Curriculum

 

50 Things to do with a Stick: Early Years

 

Sticks offer infinite opportunities for open ended learning; creativity; experimentation; critiquing and discovery in many teaching contexts. This list invites you to explore the learning potential of a stick within the context of the Early Years Learning Framework.

 

Visit our family ‘Nature Play Downloads’ page for other lists.

F-4 Unit: Anything but a Stick

 

A series of 10 lesson plans for Foundation to Year 4, inviting you to unlock the powerful learning potential of sticks and other loose parts found around your site.

 

5/6 Unit: A Community in Nature Sticks Together

 

A series of 10 lesson plans for upper primary inviting you to unlock the powerful learning potential of sticks and other loose parts found around your site.

 

Natural Playspace Principles

 

From listening to children’s voices to using loose parts, there are a series of factors to consider when designing a natural playspace in an education setting. We explore these in detail within our ‘Natural Playspace Principles’ info sheet.

 

Natural Playspaces Getting Started

 

From consultation with your school community to preparing a plan, we’ve provided some simple steps to help get your natural playspace started with our ‘Natural Playspaces Getting Started’ info sheet.

 

Creating and Experimenting with Natural Elements Poster

 

An inspiring visual poster that depicts the link between natural elements and the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Framework.

 

Motivational Poster Series

 

A series of motivational quotes to print and display around your site.

 

Go Wild Activity Cards

 

A series of nature and wild space inspiration cards to print off and use with your class. These activities can be completed in any education setting and suit all stages of schooling. Use them daily, with buddy classes, as home challenges, or woven into your outdoor learning program.

 

Go Wild Activity Calendar

 

This calendar is a 30-day challenge that supports the use of the Go Wild Activity Cards.

 

Outdoor Learning Snapshot Cards

 

A series of four snapshot cards to inspire you on your outdoor learning journey.

 

Natural Playspace Designers and Contractors

 

Selecting a qualified designer or builder that suits your educational context will ensure you have a long-lasting playspace that meets the needs of your school community. This list includes individuals and organisations that understand the principles behind engaging natural playspaces, how to design or build them while meeting the compliance requirements of Australian Standards.

 

National Parks and Wildlife Service SA

 

National Parks offer a unique and engaging learning experience for all ages. Find information for teaching and learning across South Australia as well as a Junior Ranger Program with some great nature resources for 8-14 year olds.

Natural Resource Management Boards

 

NRM Education is the Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges education program that works with school and preschool communities to embed sustainability principles into their learning and management practices, linking them to the Australian Curriculum. Some of their areas of interest include Food Gardens, plants and animals (teacher packs and ID charts), climate change, waste, and youth voice.

Natural Resource Management Boards

 

NRM Education is the Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges education program that works with school and preschool communities to embed sustainability principles into their learning and management practices, linking them to the Australian Curriculum. Some of their areas of interest include Food Gardens, plants and animals (teacher packs and ID charts), climate change, waste, and youth voice.

 

Other NRM Boards across South Australia that offer education resources include the South East NRM Board, SA Murray Darling Basin NRM BoardSA Arid Lands, Northern and Yorke NRM, Kangaroo Island, and Eyre Peninsula.

Cool Australia

 

Cool Australia has a large online suite of teaching and learning resources that support the Australian Curriculum.