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By Nina Filipekfreelance education writer

Adapted from original article published 4 March 2008

Break free of the four walls and take your teaching into nature. There’s so much cross-curricular potential out there!

Outdoor learning doesn’t mean you have to organise a special trip. Why not make the most of the outdoors right outside your classroom window? Look at the opportunities for learning within the grounds of your school and build some outdoors time into your curriculum this autumn.

Best-dressed scarecrow (art and design)

Set the scarecrow scene and give your activities a literacy focus with the fabulous The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. For further activities and ideas, see this accompanying activity pack.
The Scarecrows' Wedding (PB)

Now it’s time for children to make their own scarecrows!
mini scarecrow
You will need:
  • small wooden spoon
  • buttons to decorate
  • scraps of wool and thread
  • fabric for the clothes
  • sticks and twigs
  • PVA glue and scissors.
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