Outdoor Classroom Day movement and the coronavirus crisis

1st April 2020

This is a statement from the global Outdoor Classroom Day team at Semble, who Learning through Landscapes is working closely with to take forward the campaign in the UK and ROI.

Published: 01.04.2020 | Last update: 01.05.20

As the coronavirus crisis continues, children around the world are spending more time indoors and in front of screens, as governments try to stop the spread of the virus and make sure children can continue to learn. However necessary these measures are, we are concerned about the impact these changes are having on children’s wellbeing. 

As Outdoor Classroom Day can’t go ahead in its usual format this year, we asked our global community of teachers and parents what they need during this time. They told us they want ideas about connecting to nature, a way to celebrate the outdoors, and to connect with other teachers and parents around the world. That’s why – as part of the wider Outdoor Classroom day movement – we have launched Playful Nature. 

Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing ideas for connecting to nature through play that can be done from anywhere – like your garden, balcony or even your living room! And on 21 May, which should have been the next Outdoor Classroom Day, we’re inviting you to celebrate our connection to the natural world by bringing Playful Nature to everyone. 

Bring Playful Nature to everyone on 21 May

It’s easy to do and anyone can get involved – just dress up in nature on 21 May and share your creations with the world! 

  • Do you love playing in the leaves? Stick a load of them to your clothes. 
  • Do you love the sea? Turn yourself into a creature from the deep. 
  • Are you a fan of the sun? Brighten up someone’s day by dressing in yellow. 
  • You could use natural dyes to turn old clothes into nature colours. 
  • You could use recycled materials from home to highlight the impact of litter on nature. 

 

If you’ve got the space or you’re able to go out, why not spend the whole day playing outdoors in your creation? Or you could dress up for your daily walk or hang out on the balcony to make your neighbours smile. Whatever you do, share it on social media on 21 May using #PlayfulNature. 

Lesson ideas and resources

Schools that are supporting parents are telling us that children are learning outside in their gardens and on their balconies. Those that are still open (even if just for the children of key workers) tell us they are spending as much time as possible outside in their school grounds. Our resource library has lots of easy lesson ideas that can be done at school or at home – just make sure to adapt them to meet current Government guidance on social distancing and staying at home.

We will help children to retain their connection to the natural world during the coronavirus crisis. 

Thank you for your continued support.

Dominika Jarosz
Head of Campaigns
Semble

About us

The global Outdoor Classroom Day is led by Semble (formerly Project Dirt) and supported by Unilever as part of their Dirt is Good movement. Semble, a founding partner of the original campaign, works with respected environmental and educational NGOs around the world to deliver locally relevant campaigns, including: Nature Play WA (Australia), United Way Colombia (Colombia), ACE Trust (India), Movimento Bloom (Portugal), Symphonia for South Africa (South Africa), Ulko-opet ry (Finland), Learning through Landscapes (UK and Ireland) and Aktif Yaşam Derneği (Turkey).

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