It’s Outdoor Classroom Day 17th May 2018 

Just in case you aren’t already aware, Outdoor classroom day is less than a month away and I wanted to let you know so that you have time to organise something exciting.

Last year I worked with Colmers Farm Primary School in Birmingham on Outdoor Classroom Day.  The children and staff had a truly magical day, playing games in the playground.  Every class of children got to participate and there was alot of laughter and sunshine.  Let’s hope the sun shines this year!

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world will take lessons outside and prioritise playtime. As well as having fun, they will show how important and easy it is to give children more time outdoors.

In the UK and Ireland Outdoor Classroom Day will be on 17 May, when some pupils in England will be taking their SATs.  Since play has been shown to improve problem-solving skills, creativity and wellbeing, this is a great opportunity to both support pupils and highlight the importance of time outdoors.

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.

We’re challenging every school in the UK and Ireland to join the movement and sign up to the 2018 campaign – it only takes five minutes!  If you’ve already joined, why not encourage friends and colleagues to sign their schools up too? Visit the website to download free lesson and activity ideas.

The global Outdoor Classroom Day is led by Project Dirt, in partnership with Unilever as part of their Dirt is Good movement. In the UK and Ireland, Learning through Landscapes is working with Persil to deliver the campaign.??

Take this time to get in your school garden (if you have one), hold an art lesson in the playground, go on a natural treasures hunt or get out your copy of 101 Playground Games and introduce new games to your children and play!

The link below gives loads of ideas, including lesson plans/resources etc… so hopefully as many pupils as possible can enjoy the outdoors that day.

Lesson Ideas

I’m going to be spending the day teaching playground games to children in a Birmingham school. How will you spend your day?

Check out our GOW (Game of the Week) – The Hokey Cokey, one of my favourites! I remember playing this in Primary School and I can even remember the name of the teacher who taught it to us, Mr Dennis. I loved it that much!! Make sure you introduce it to your children this week, it’s a firm favourite when I’m running playground games training.

Download this week’s Game of the Week  The Hokey Cokey.

Have a play filled week!

With kind regards,