Taking Part

Why you should join in on Outdoor Classroom Day?

When teachers take learning outdoors they report some powerful impacts: Children’s behaviour improves, whole classes are excited to learn, and individuals who feel inhibited by the curriculum often thrive in an outdoor environment.  When adults think back to their own happiest memories of childhood, they frequently recall the joy of playing outdoors. Play is not only central to children’s enjoyment of childhood, but teaches critical life skills such as problem-solvingteamwork and creativity.   

Building on the success of the 2017 campaign, our aim is to get as many children as possible playing and learning outside in 2018 across two dates — Thursday 17 May and Thursday 1 November. For some schools, this will be an opportunity to try learning outside the classroom for the first time. For teachers who regularly take students outdoors, the day will be a celebration of what they are doing already and a chance to inspire other schools to get involved. For everyone, Outdoor Classroom Day will act as a catalyst for more time outdoors every day. 

Sign up to be part of the Outdoor Classroom Day movement today!

Benefits Include

  • 1. Better
    Social Skills
  • 2. Enhanced
    Problem Solving
  • 3. Team Working
    Skills
  • 4. Seriously
    Fun!!

PREPARE TO BE AMAZED!

Lessons learnt outdoors, whether maths, science or language, often stay with us for life. Being outdoors helps children focusboosts creativity and imagination, and can simply be more fun. 

Children who have the freedom to play today — making friends, getting lost in the moment, having fun — are better prepared for whatever tomorrow throws at them. Playing helps children build friendshipstest their own boundaries and solve their own problems. It’s central to a child’s development and their enjoyment of childhood. 

To discover more, check out the videos in this playlist… 

The Founders

The History of Outdoor Classroom Day

In 2012 a handful of schools in London celebrated outdoor learning as part of a new campaign founded by Anna Portch, Empty Classroom Day. By 2015, over 600 schools in 15 countries were involved. In 2016, Project Dirt, one of the founding organisations, partnered with Unilever’s Dirt is Good team to take the movement global. Following consultation with school leaders, play experts and NGOs around the world, the global campaign became Outdoor Classroom Day. Later that year, the campaigns were brought together under one name and the truly global Outdoor Classroom Day movement was born. 

The UK and Ireland campaign is led by the charity Learning through Landscapes, supported by Eco-Schools EnglandProject Dirt and Unilever’s Persil team. 

ACADEMIC RESEARCH SHOWS THAT ACTIVE PLAY IS THE NATURAL AND PRIMARY WAY THAT CHILDREN LEARN.

Sir Ken Robinson, leading expert in education, creativity and human development.

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Wohoo! Top marks for signing up!

Thanks for joining the movement we can’t wait to see what you get up to on the day! Please share this with your colleagues and friends to help us make it possible for every child to get outdoors to learn and play every day 🙂 Check out the resources tabs for ideas for the day – and to make learning and play part of every day!

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Classroom Day!

We’ll send you a newsletter shortly, but in the meantime why not print out this poster and take it to a teacher you know…?

Time to play is critical for every child – share your moments with us by tagging #OutdoorClassroomDay and make every day a day to learn and play outdoors!

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Classroom Day!

Thanks for joining the movement we can’t wait to see what you get up to on the day! Please share this with your colleagues and friends to help us make it possible for every child to get outdoors to learn and play every day 🙂 Check out the resources tabs for ideas for the day – and to make learning and play part of every day!

Wohoo! Top marks for signing up!

Thanks for joining the movement we can’t wait to see what you get up to on the day! Please share this with your colleagues and friends to help us make it possible for every child to get outdoors to learn and play every day 🙂 Check out the resources tabs for ideas for the day – and to make learning and play part of every day!

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Classroom Day!

We’ll send you a newsletter shortly, but in the meantime why not print out this poster and take it to a teacher you know…?

Time to play is critical for every child – share your moments with us by tagging #OutdoorClassroomDay and make every day a day to learn and play outdoors!