Beginning in the capital, created by London Sustainable School Forum, Empty Classroom Day has now spread to all corners of the UK and even some overseas destinations.
Founded in 2011, Empty Classroom Day is designed to celebrate outdoor learning by getting bums out of seats and into the fresh air for one day. This year’s event will take place Friday 20th of June and promises to be the most international yet with a whole host of schools in China taking part and interest shown from Norway and Uganda.
The really great outdoors
The day is supported by London Sustainable School Forum – a collective of teachers, local authority officers and other volunteers who want to make all London schools sustainable by 2020 and Project Dirt – a green social media network, connecting environmental brains all over Britain.
The possibilities are endless, according to Chris Robson, a full-time teaching assistant who is voluntarily promoting this year’s event. “Activities are so varied – survival lessons, outdoor biology, sculpture, woodland walks and of course gardening,” he told us.
“Learning outside can be of great benefit to children, and is a flexible and increasingly essential part of a progressive modern curriculum,” explains Chris. “From introducing problem solving and teamwork into the classroom to teaching life skills like food production and habitat maintenance, there’s nothing the outdoor world cannot teach. It creates a stimulating environment for children and adults alike, with benefits to human health such as enhanced social skills, increased physical health and huge social, moral, spiritual and cultural development opportunities. And that’s just scratching the surface.”
If you’re a teacher and would like to get your school involved sign-up here and be part of the biggest outdoor event this school year.