Empty Classroom Day is on Friday 19th June. The goal is for there to be empty classrooms all over the globe, with pupils learning outside.
Every school can participate, they sign up and pledge to spend at least one lesson outside on the day. What they do is up to them! From pond-dipping to planting, tree-climbing to picnicking; the possibilities and learning opportunities are endless.
The event is supported by a host of environmental organisations as wide ranging as Groundwork, The Wildlife Trusts, ZSL and many many more, who are working together to promote outdoor learning. This is an opportunity for us all to find out about the fantastic work they do all year round with schools. Last year organisations worked with schools, delivering workshops and hosting school trips, and encouraging schools they had already worked with throughout the year to sign up for the day.
Outdoor learning is hugely valuable for pupils, and is a flexible and essential part of a progressive modern curriculum. It creates a stimulating environment for children and adults alike, with benefits to health such as enhanced social skills, increased physical health and huge social, moral, spiritual and cultural development opportunities. Pupils can extend their personal horizons through greater appreciation and understanding of the world and its peoples around them, and gain an understanding of the need for sustainable relationships between people and their environment.
Learning outside gives pupils direct contact with nature and it's wonders, which can lead to transforming events and experiences. These experiences are essential for developing conscious and responsible future citizens, something which will be very important for future generations in dealing with environmental and socio-economic problems.
Empty Classroom Day was created in 2012 by London Sustainable School Forum to celebrate outdoor learning and make it easy for any school to get involved. Since its first year, the day has grown and spread worldwide. This year, over 350 schools are taking part from countries as far and wide as Germany, Canada and South Africa.
Sign up at www.emptyclassroomday.com to join hundreds of schools having fun and learning outside each year.
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