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Curriculum outdoor learning made simple

Take your everyday lessons outdoors

The Alfresco Hub

Grab and go outdoor lesson plans. Simply tailor to your children’s specific needs and head out of the door. No tools or fire, just your everyday classroom equipment, your existing outdoor space and our innovative activities.

What is curriculum outdoor learning?

Unlike Forest School, curriculum outdoor learning is a tool for teaching and learning. The approach transports your typical indoor lesson to your outdoor space using minimal resources to teach the same lesson objective. Teachers utilise their existing expertise in the outdoor environment to support learners and embed these outdoor lessons within their teaching sequence.

Three boys working together on a clipboard outdoors.

All our outdoor lesson plans include:

  • Success criteria/ key questions
  • Background information for teachers when needed
  • Useful top tips for a successful outdoor lesson
  • Any paper resources mentioned included
  • Designed by primary teachers with experience in delivering high-quality outdoor learning

Reception planning includes:

  • Topic enhancement plans based on natural play behaviours to engage your children in your outdoor provision
  • Maths planning with an investigative style

KS1 & KS2 planning includes:

  • Starter, main & plenary activities
  • Support & challenge ideas so all learners can access their learning
  • Hands-on practical activities
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School subscriptions

One form entry school £199

Two form entry school £399

Three form entry school £599

Individual subscriptions

Annual £48

Three monthly £15

Mrs Davies

Amazing resources which have really helped our school be more confident in using the outdoor space to enhance the children's learning. Great, fun, easy to follow lesson plans, which link directly to the key objectives!

Sharon Taylan

The Alfresco planning hub is a fantastic resources with lesson that are easy to pick up and teach. I use them both as full lesson, lesson starters and intervention session for an LSA. Would highly recommend.

Karyn Weglarz

I am a member of the Planning Hub and I love the variety of lessons provided. Most lessons need only simple materials that I usually already have on hand. I love taking my students out with these lessons.

Amy McTague

Brilliant resources, easy to follow and adapt for learners, clear progression!

Laura Walton

The online planning hub is a lifesaver. I teach in KS1 and the children always ask when we are going outside and parents always say how excited the children are about their outdoor learning. It is exactly what I was looking for and have now been using it for several years. Thank you for such a brilliant resource!

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The benefits of outdoor learning

There are many benefits to taking your lessons beyond your classroom walls, which you can read about in more detail over on our blog. The main benefits our members in The Alfresco Hub tell us about are:

  • Exposure to the outdoor environment builds resilience
  • Increased physical movement supports higher levels of engagement
  • Utilising the outdoor space can provide context to deepen learning and produce memorable learning experiences
  • Spending time outside is proven to support mental health and well-being of both children and adults

Curriculum Outdoor Learning CPD

Attend one of our training courses or have us deliver training in your school to your staff team to embed outdoor learning in your school curriculum. Find out more about our practical & inspiring training options!


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