This collection of engaging and simple to use activities will jumpstart students’ understanding of science by taking teaching and learning outdoors and linking it to a specific area of the curriculum.

A wealth of practical activities in the book cover all areas from identifying, classifying and grouping to pattern seeking, making observations and comparative and fair testing.

This cross-curricular approach encourages teachers to develop useful links with other subjects which support and complement the science. With links to a range of online resources and over 30 motivating and engaging science activities, cross-curricular links cover the following areas of the curriculum:

  • Maths, English, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Art, P.E and Design and Technology.

Jumpstart! Science Outdoors is an essential classroom resource that will encourage the personal development of children and is the perfect solution for helping teachers, teaching assistants and students deliver effective and imaginative science lessons.



chapter 1|3 pages

Adopt a tree

Saying ‘hello’ to your tree

chapter 2|3 pages

Adopt a tree

Exploring leaves

chapter 3|3 pages

Adopt a tree

How much can you find out about the tree bark?

chapter 4|4 pages

Mini collections

chapter 5|4 pages

Nature’s viewing frame

chapter 6|4 pages

Amazing seed dispersal

chapter 7|3 pages

Modelling seed dispersal

chapter 8|4 pages

Prickly holly

chapter 9|4 pages

Alphabet garden

chapter 10|3 pages

Caterpillar camouflage

chapter 11|3 pages

Run-around sound

chapter 12|3 pages


chapter 13|4 pages

Feed the birds

chapter 14|5 pages

Popcorn feeders

chapter 15|4 pages

Nest architects

chapter 16|4 pages

It’s dinnertime!

chapter 17|3 pages

Observing change outdoors

chapter 18|4 pages

Natural weaving

chapter 19|2 pages

Outdoor skeletons

chapter 20|4 pages

Excavating bones

chapter 21|3 pages

Dinosaur dimensions

chapter 22|3 pages

Toilet paper timeline

chapter 23|3 pages

Fossil hunters

chapter 24|4 pages

Invertebrate microsafari hunt

chapter 25|3 pages

Comparing microhabitats

chapter 26|4 pages

Invertebrate adaptations


chapter 27|3 pages

Plant frames


chapter 28|3 pages

Lie down and listen

chapter 29|2 pages

Shadow faces

chapter 30|3 pages

Playground constellations

chapter 31|3 pages

Windy places

chapter 32|4 pages

Water cycle

chapter 33|4 pages

Message magnets

chapter 34|3 pages

Forces flingers

chapter 35|4 pages

Kites fly high

chapter 36|3 pages

Land yachts ahoy!

chapter 37|3 pages

Skateboarding scientists

chapter 38|3 pages


chapter 39|3 pages

Waterproof roof

chapter 40|4 pages


chapter 41|3 pages

Magic potion

chapter 42|3 pages

Awesome snowflakes

chapter 43|2 pages

Texture trail

chapter 44|4 pages

Peek-a-boo toys