OWL Curriculum

Outdoor Wellbeing Learning & Eco School

Felsted Primary School is committed to teaching the children about the environment.  We use our extensive surroundings as a resource.  The school has a wildlife area, including a pond, and a vegetable garden.  In addition, children are taken for environmental walks into the surrounding area, for example Reception children take part in 'Welly Wednesday', when they use the Flitch Way as part of their environmental learning.

Each class has two ECO monitors who are voted into the position by the other children.  Their job is to save energy by turning off electrical appliances when they are not needed and also to keep the classroom environment tidy.  They also meet with Mrs Collins and Miss Wiseman half termly as part of the eco committee to discuss how we can implement further changes/improvements.

We have achieved our bronze eco schools award.  We are now working towards our silver and then the green flag award.

Evidence shows that time spent in nature is good for our health and wellbeing. The activities and games within this booklet encourage children to reconnect with the outdoors, reengage in learning and learn about the importance of natural resource management.

The Felsted Primary School OWL Curriculum has been designed to use the natural environment as a relaxing and stimulating environment to facilitate health and wellbeing. These activities foster creativity, playfulness and imagination, as well as respect and knowledge of natural landscapes and processes.


Our two main objectives are:

  1. Learners can develop positive, informed behaviours that encourage them both to care for and respect themselves and others. These behaviours support learners’ sense of self-worth, their overall mood and energy levels.

  2. Supporting learners to develop strategies which help them to regulate their emotions can contribute towards good mental health and emotional well-being.

According to the Open University’s OPENspace Research Centre, there is considerable evidence suggesting that time spent outdoors, in nature, increases life expectancy, improves wellbeing, reduces symptoms of depression and increases a child’s ability to function in school.

In addition to better physical health, teachers report improved concentration, better ability to focus and learn, increased productivity, better behaviour, and the fostering of more positive relationships between adults and children and amongst peer groups, when children are more active and spend more time outside during the day.

  • OWL Planning Resources by Key Stage


All children to participate in:

  • Gardening & Nature spotting: Wildlife, digging and gardening areas are a great place to start. Gardening is often used as a therapeutic intervention in mental health. And under the guise of planting, digging, growing, watering, nurturing and picking plants, children can learn about biology and life-cycles, geography, climates and the environment.

  • STEM learning: Modern outdoor resources designed to aid teaching of STEM subjects outside, water walls, damming stations, kinetic play equipment, all of which require physical input, increasing opportunities for movement during the school day.

  • Structured activities that involve relating directly to aspects of the natural world, water cycles, energy and the environment, conservation, for example, give children the chance to establish respectful and meaningful relationships with their immediate environment and the world they find themselves in.


OWL learning activities & curriculum links currently in place

Foundation Stage:

  • Welly Walks along the Flitch Way – Going on a bear hunt / The Gruffalo / Dinosaurs
  • Bug hotels – Hungry caterpillar & minibeasts
  • Planting seeds / bulbs / flowers – Growing things
  • Changing seasons – Autumn Leaf art
  • Trip to Boydell’s Farm – animals
  • Find out about their environment and how they can help look after it
  • Investigate objects and materials by using all of their senses as appropriate
  • Whole school nature week: 30 days wild June wildlife trust


Key Stage 1:

  • Environmental Walks along Flitch Way – local area
  • Bug Hotels – The Bad Tempered ladybird
  • Planting seeds / bulbs/ flowers – Jack & the beanstalk / gardening & growing - sustainability
  • Trip to Colchester Zoo – animals, lifecycles
  • Trip to Frinton seaside
  • Whole school nature week: 30 days wild June wildlife trust


Lower Key Stage 2:

  • Andy Goldsworthy Art
  • British Isles Wildlife – Fantastic Mr Fox cineliteracy
  • Trip to Hatfield Forest – field skills
  • Trip to Great Notley Country Park – survival day
  • Planting seeds / bulbs/ flowers
  • Whole school nature week: 30 days wild June wildlife trust

Upper Key Stage 2:

  • Art – landscape paintings / beauty in nature William Morris
  • Art - Weather: Turner
  • Planting seeds / bulbs/ flowers
  • Whole school nature week: 30 days wild June wildlife trust
  • Forage for fruits – blackberry picking & jam making


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