Outdoor learning and fun

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In this newsletter, we introduce you to some of the wide range of different resources on Parents in Touch. We want to encourage children to spent time outdoors whenever possible - and the world around us provides plenty of learning opportunities. Keep this newsletter handy throughout the summer, so you always have some ideas to hand.

There are still several more weeks of the school year left and our next newsletter will have plenty of ideas to help pupils review and revise their year's work.

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Nature topics Wherever you live, there are trees all around - find out more about these vital parts of our landscape. The Topic on Minibeasts is full of ideas for FS children to try. Bees need all the help we can give them, so find out more with our Topic on BeesWeather topic for KS1 will help children understand the way our weather changes.
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Games Encourage children to spend as much of their leisure time outdoors as possible Outdoor Games for Summer has ideas old and new - there will be fresh ideas here for your children. The Playground Games are perfect for school breaktimes and Hopscotch is an old favourite too. Skipping Games vary all around the country - do you know these? Let us know through our Facebook page if you have more to add. All these will be useful for teachers, TAs and lunchtime supervisors.
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Outdoor activities Try the Summer Science activities for fun and learning. There are many ways to enjoy time outside in the summer without spending lots of money -  Fun for Under Five Pounds is full of ideas. Let your child try our Nature Quiz for Children and find out about rivers and ponds with our River Activities and Pond Dipping. Make sure they are aware of water safety, though. All these activities will help with understanding the science studied at school, and make it more meaningful.
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Summer crafts Of course, we might get the occasional wet day here and there, and that's where the ideas in Summer Craft Ideas will come in handy. Flower Crafts are perfect for the summer, of course, and will help children identify wild flowers. There are plenty of Paper Crafts on the site, for boys and girls to enjoy; boys especially will enjoy Dinosaur Crafts. Teachers will find all these resources useful in the classroom too, especially towards the end of a busy term.
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Our country Whether you are travelling around this summer, or just want to know more about the UK, we have plenty to help. Use our Research Project on the UK as the basis for learning more. The River Thames is important in the history of the UK and the Jurassic Coast has plenty to offer those interested in dinosaurs and geology. Learning about our country can help children's understanding of history and geography and make them more relevant.
worksheet Reading It's a good idea to encourage children to keep up with their reading over the summer holiday - this will help to avoid the dip in learning that can happen. As well as our extensive review section, we also have lots of resources about well-loved authors and classic books. Katie Morag is a popular character with young children. Has your child read Michael Morpurgo's Wreck of the Zanzibar? The Jungle Book is high profile at the moment.
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Growing Summer gives us the opportunity to enjoy growing things - you don't need a garden, just a balcony or windowsill can yield great results. Many schools offer pupils some outdoor space for gardening too. Try our ideas to Grow Your Own Food. and Helping Plants Grow Well - Activities. Many of our pages, such as What Plants Need to Grow are designed to support the curriculum.

Books  For lots more ideas on reading and helping your child, take a look at our Best new books pages. 

Nature's Day: Out and About Amazing Animal Journeys RSPB Wildlife in Your Garden 50 Things Nighttime Adventure Notebook

Best wishes
Jackie Bacon

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