The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Researchers say children should learn more outdoors. Children spend too much time in classrooms to pass exams. Outdoor learning is important for social skills, health and development. It also gives a better quality of life. Researchers say that schools did not take the advice of important reports about outdoor learning. This means there is less outdoor learning today. The researchers want all schools to do more outdoor learning.



There are many benefits of outdoor learning for children. One advantage is that it builds confidence in children. They experience things like climbing trees. It also teaches children about the environment and to respect nature. There are also health benefits. Children exercise instead of sitting in classrooms or being at home with video games. It also helps with the problem of 'stranger danger'. Many children grow up hearing about this.

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Sources
  • http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk /nursery-world/news/1158179/put-outdoor-learning-on-curriculum-policymakers-urged
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk /education/2016/07/11/schools-should-hold-more-lessons-outdoors-despite-unpredictable/
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/science-environment-36795912


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. children should learn
  2. Children spend too much time
  3. pass
  4. important for social
  5. health and
  6. a better quality
  7. schools did not take
  8. researchers want all schools to
  1. of life
  2. skills
  3. development
  4. in classrooms
  5. the advice
  6. more outdoors
  7. do more
  8. exams

Paragraph 2

  1. There are many benefits
  2. One advantage is that it builds
  3. It also teaches children about
  4. respect
  5. There are also health
  6. Children exercise instead of
  7. It also helps with the problem
  8. Many children grow up hearing
  1. benefits
  2. about this
  3. nature
  4. of 'stranger danger'
  5. of outdoor learning
  6. the environment
  7. confidence
  8. sitting in classrooms

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers say children (1) ___________________ outdoors. Children spend too (2) ___________________ classrooms to pass exams. Outdoor learning is important (3) ___________________, health and development. It also gives a better (4) ___________________. Researchers say that schools did not take the advice of important reports about outdoor learning. This means there (5) ___________________ learning today. The researchers want all schools (6) ___________________ outdoor learning.

There (7) ___________________ of outdoor learning for children. One advantage is that it (8) ___________________ children. They experience things like climbing trees. It also teaches children about the environment and (9) ___________________. There are also health benefits. Children exercise (10) ___________________ in a classrooms or (11) ___________________ with video games. It also helps with the problem of 'stranger danger'. Many children grow (12) ___________________ this.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researcherssaychildrenshouldlearnmoreoutdoors.Childrenspendto
omuchtimeinclassroomstopassexams.Outdoorlearningisimportantf
orsocialskills,healthanddevelopment.Italsogivesabetterqualityoflife
.Researcherssaythatschoolsdidnottaketheadviceofimportantreport
saboutoutdoorlearning.Thismeansthereislessoutdoorlearningtoday
.Theresearcherswantallschoolstodomoreoutdoorlearning.Thereare
manybenefitsofoutdoorlearningforchildren.Oneadvantageisthatitb
uildsconfidenceinchildren.Theyexperiencethingslikeclimbingtrees.I
talsoteacheschildrenabouttheenvironmentandtorespectnature.The
rearealsohealthbenefits.Childrenexerciseinsteadofsittinginaclassro
omsorbeingathomewithvideogames.Italsohelpswiththeproblemof's
trangerdanger'.Manychildrengrowuphearingaboutthis.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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