Outdoor Classroom Day

From Learning through Landscape

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, EYFS

Region(s): All of UK

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global movement to celebrate the wide-ranging benefits of outdoor learning and play. Outdoor Classroom Day takes place twice a year. In 2024, Outdoor Classroom Day falls on 23rd May and 7th November.

The Outdoor Classroom Day website offers a range of resources to support teachers interested in getting involved. These include:

Cost: Free.

About Outdoor Classroom Day: The first Outdoor Classroom Day (originally known as Empty Classroom Day) took place in London in 2012. Now the world’s biggest celebration of outdoor play and learning, Outdoor Classroom Day is delivered in the UK and Ireland by Learning through Landscapes, the UK’s leading outdoor learning and play charity.

Further resources:

  • Download the National Literacy Trust’s free Hot Topic – Get Outdoors resource pack, containing book recommendations for pupils aged 4-14, adaptable writing activities, and ideas to promote oracy skills.
  • Challenge your primary pupils to design a Play Street that encourages children to play outside and creates space for nature with the Planet Play competition. Download the free assembly pack and sign up for a free online  workshop on Tuesday 4th June for tips and inspiration. The competition is open to pupils aged 7+ and the deadline is 28th June.
  • Find resources and ideas to help you run a reading picnic, or Booknic, as part of your Outdoor Classroom Day activities.
  • Explore the fascinating world of plants and trees with this booklist of fiction and non-fiction titles for KS2 pupils from Books for Topics.
  • Find free outdoor lesson plans for EYFS, primary and secondary pupils that cover literacy and language and other areas of the curriculum on the Learning through Landscapes website.
  • Download CLPE’s free teaching sequence for last year’s CLiPPA-winning collection of nature-inspired poems, Marshmallow Clouds by Ted Kooser and Connie Wanek. Suitable for pupils aged 5-9.
  • Explore the range of free lesson plans, videos, activities, quizzes and games available from Earth Cubs, an award-winning educational content creator that uses the power of positive storytelling to teach primary pupils about the planet, sustainability and the Global Goals.

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