Outdoor Classroom Day
Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime.
In 2017, over 2.3 million children worldwide took part, almost 200,000 of those were in Australia. Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood.
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.
Building on the success of the 2017 campaign, the Outdoor Classroom Day aim is to get as many children as possible playing and learning outside on Thursday 1 November 2018. 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.
Benefits of Outdoor Play Include:
- Enhanced Social Skills
- Enhanced Problem Solving
- Team Working Skills
“90% of adults played outside every day as children. Now its only 30%!”
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.
If you’re a teacher and new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out? If you already get outdoors regularly, use the day to celebrate what you’re doing and inspire other teachers around the world to join in.
If you’re a parent, talk to your child’s school about the importance of outdoor learning and play and encourage them to get involved. Think about how you can spend more time outdoors as a family too and inspire other parents to do the same.
If you work for an organisation that cares about children, nature, education or the environment, speak to Outdoor Classroom Day organisers about how you can get involved. They’re always looking for partners to help spread the message far and wide.
If you’re unsure what to do on Outdoor Classroom Day you can find a wide range of resources that aim to inspire and help plan for the day on the Outdoor Classroom Day website. There are books, lesson ideas and printable materials.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Outdoor Classroom Day website.
What: Outdoor Classroom Day
When: Thursday 1 November 2018
Where: Schools Globally
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
Image Source: Outdoor Classroom Day Australia Facebook page
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