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-solving, teamwork and creativity.

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the movement will look a bit different in 2020. After consultation with our global community, our priorities will be to share ideas about connecting to nature, bring people together to celebrate the outdoors, and help parents and teachers to connect with others from around the world.

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 focus, boosts 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 friendships, test 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, Semble (formerly 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.

In response to the coronavirus crisis, the movement looks a bit different in 2020. See our latest statement on Outdoor Classroom Day and coronavirus.

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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Help to spread the word about Outdoor Classroom Day! Share this page and get friends and colleagues on board.

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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 🙂

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Classroom Day!

We’ll send you a newsletter shortly. 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 🙂

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 🙂

Thank you for supporting Outdoor Classroom Day!

We’ll send you a newsletter shortly. 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!