Early Years

Cross Curriculum

Expressive Arts

Health and Wellbeing

Languages

Languages

Listening and talking, reading and writing in literacy and English and modern languages, plus classical languages and literacy and Gaelic learners (where available).

Mathematics

Outdoor Play

Sciences

Social Studies

Social Studies

Understanding people, place and society in the past and present including history, geography, modern studies and business education.

Technologies

Technologies

Including computing science, food, textiles, craft, design, engineering, graphics and applied technologies.

Ancrum Outdoor Centre

Ancrum Outdoor Centre

Ancrum Outdoor Centre act as technical advisers to Dundee City Council and Leisure & culture Dundee and manage licensing and approval for all school off-site adventurous visits.

All Dundee schools receive core targeted alternative curriculum block sessions with the Centre throughout the year. Schools may also buy-in additional sessions / programmes through the year (using PEF or other funding) that can help support children and young people to develop their personal and social skills as well as taking part in direct curriculum related field studies.

Ancrum Outdoor Team offer trainning for Primary school teachers in the 'Outdoor Learning Card' pack resource and other courses for school staff which can be delivered in twilight sessions and other in-house training as advertised in 'Mylearn'.

School staff can also book onto NGB courses being run from the Centre including Lowland Leader Award Training and Assessment, 2 day REC Outdoor First Aid, Sailing, Mountain Biking, Bikeability Cycle Training Assistant courses.

For more information download our Dundee Outdoor Learning School Activity and Training Packages programme.

Creative STAR Learning Company

Creative STAR Learning Company

Creative STAR Learning Ltd has an award-winning "must visit" website for inspirational ideas for learning and play outdoors. With free downloads and over 600 blog posts covering many aspects of learning outside, it is a useful resource for primary teachers and early years educators particularly for literacy, maths and other curriculum and whole school matters. In addition, the founder, Juliet Robertson and her team of teachers work with schools to empower staff to lead their teaching and learning outside. This support can include training, modelling lessons, team teaching, audits and school improvement work. It's a cost effective approach that dovetails with the Attainment Challenge and Learning for Sustainability recommendations.

Grounds for Learning

Grounds for Learning

What do we do? We enrich the lives of Scotland’s children by helping them to connect with nature, become more active, learn outdoors, develop social skills and have fun.

Where possible we encourage young people to have a say in  the way their grounds are used and improved. As a result they learn to create  and look after something valuable; their self-esteem grows and their behaviour  improves, along with their potential to learn and achieve.

RSPB

RSPB

Loch Leven is a wildlife haven - and a great place to learn about nature.

In spring and summer, experience the sights and sounds of swooping swallows, sky-dancing lapwings and darting dragonflies. Autumn and winter see the return of thousands of migrating geese and the spectacular white-tailed eagle.

Bring your class and find out more about their life cycles and adaptations for survival through our range of habitats and conservation programmes.  

Facilities include a varied outdoor learning space with woodlands and wetlands, an indoor classroom, toilets, pond dipping areas, birdwatching hides, and woodland and wetland trails.
 

Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education

Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education

The Scottish Advisory Panel is the forum for representatives from Local Authorities across Scotland to consider and debate best practice in the development and safe delivery of Outdoor Learning.

Wild Sparks

Wild Sparks

Wild Sparks can offer schools and groups a variety of enrichment days at our site on Bamff Estate, Alyth. Experienced Wild Sparks leaders will take your class on an adventure in outdoor learning, with activitiy programmes for all levels.  Activity programmes include:

  • Wee Wild Sparks (Nursery to P1)
  • Wild Sparks Adventurers (P2+)
  • Wild Sparks Survivors (P5+)

Woodland Trust Planting in your Community or School

Woodland Trust Planting in your Community or School

Our tree packs for schools and communities offer the perfect opportunity to bring people together to plant trees - encouraging local wildlife, protecting our landscape against tree disease and creating beautiful wooded areas that people can enjoy for years to come. 

Creative Star Learning Company

Creative Star Learning Company

This list of grants has been compiled by Creative STAR Learning Company to aid schools, youth groups, the environmental, outdoor and play sectors with finding funding for a range of ourdoor ventures and initiatives.

Funding Scotland

Funding Scotland

Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using our free online search engine. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, we can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community.

Scottish Government

Scottish Government

There are a variety of Scottish Government funding sources available for individuals and community groups who are engaged in or are thinking about getting involved in environmental projects.

Sportscotland

Sportscotland

sportscotland is the national agency for sport in Scotland. We see a Scotland where sport is a way of life, where sport is at the heart of society, making a positive impact on people and communities.

Youthlink Scotland

Youthlink Scotland

Looking for funding to support your youth work project? We can help.

Our Funding Directory has hundreds of opportunities for youth groups, voluntary organisations and community projects. You'll find information on everything from small local grants to national funding schemes.

Going Out There

Going Out There

Going Out There - Scottish Framework for Safe Practice in Off-site Visits

This framework has been developed in partnership by the Scottish Government, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education (SAPOE), Education Scotland and the Association of Directors of Education, with input from other partners including voluntary organisations and providers.

Brilliant Residentials Learning Away

Brilliant Residentials Learning Away

Learning Away aims to demonstrate the positive impact that high-quality residential learning can have for students and teachers, and to engage increasing numbers of primary and secondary schools across the UK in the development of their residential practice.

Local green spaces in Dundee

Local green spaces in Dundee

There are lots of parks and green spaces in Dundee just a stones throw from your nursery school.  View our map of outdoor greenspaces near your school.

Outdoor Learning Centres

Scottish Natural Heritage National Greenspaces

Scottish Natural Heritage National Greenspaces

Discover more about the places that make the Tayside and Grampian area so special.