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Sensing the world

An opportunity to use all of your senses.

This activity is about being in the natural environment sensing and identifying the sights, smells and sounds of the natural world.


Are you doing this activity as part of your Wild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!


This activity supports the following subjects: Health and Wellbeing/PSHE, English.


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What do I need?

  • Pens, paper, camera or sound recording equipment to record your time outside
  • You might want a map of the outdoor area you’re in to mark on where you saw or heard things
  • If making a smelly cocktail, you will need a cup or yoghurt pot and a stick for stirring.
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What do I do?

  1. Find a suitable area outside, you could do this on a walk or simply sat or lying down outside
  2. Use your senses to look, listen, smell and feel what's around you.
  3. You may want to look at the shapes of clouds, match the colours of the natural word to colour pallets, or sit with your eyes closed and take in the sounds around you.
  4. You might also want to make a smelly cocktail to help you discover the smells of different plants (especially if there are herbs). Be safe – make sure the plants you use are not harmful.
  5. Use this activity as the basis of an English lesson and to build vocabulary for creative writing. Alternatively, you could use it to inform a PSHE lesson and encourage pupils to think about how nature makes them feel and whether it can help them explore their feelings and manage their wellbeing. 
  6. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo, sound recording, drawing, painting or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.
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Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading any photographs or drawings of things that you saw. You could send in writing about what you did or maybe send us some recordings of things you heard.

Get them thinking

Here are some prompts to help with learning:

  • What can you feel on your skin?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • What clues are there to the season?
  • If you could chose a word for each of your senses what would they be?
  • We often rely in our sense of sight, if you close your eyes do you notice anything you didn't notice before?
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