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Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to inspire kids to learn outdoors. It is a day to celebrate existing programs and introduce outdoor learning to schools.  This year, Outdoor Classroom Day NSW, in partnership with Nature Play Australia and Centennial Parklands returns Thursday 7 November 2019.
Last year 300,000 children at more than 2,500 schools and early learning centres took part in Outdoor Classroom Day, and this year we are hoping for even more.

Did you know? Students who take part in outdoor learning programs perform better in reading, writing, maths and science, with 77% of teachers reporting student improvement in standardised tests.

Why is Outdoor Classroom Day important?

Intuitively, we may feel better in nature.  Research is now demonstrating the physiological emotional and behavioural benefits we gain from being in nature.  Being in nature reduces blood pressure, stress, and improves cognitive abilities.

Taking lessons outside improves leaning outcomes, improves behaviour and concentration; it is a great way for students to undertake peer learning and develop social skills.  

Research shows that well-being, social skills, resilience and leadership qualities are also developed at higher levels in the outdoors environment.

Outdoor learning also benefits teachers too, teachers who take their kids outside on a regular basis have less sick days, report of a higher level of well-being and are able to get to know their children better. 
Being outside provides kids with exercise, opportunities for gross and fine motor skills and leads to improved health.  Kids also learn how to physically take calculated risks, leading to a greater ability to manage risks in life.

With all these benefits to outdoor learning why not sign up today?

Make the most of Outdoor Classroom Day

NSW syllabus lesson plans, posters, inspiration, hints and tips, everything you need, can be found at Outdoor Classroom Day
To make outdoor classroom day easier for you, follow these simple tips:

  • Plan ahead – know what activity you are going to do, where in the playground you will use and which classes will be participating

  • Download NSW Curriculum aligned integrated subject lesson plans

  • If required, organise a timetable so you can share your outdoor spaces

  • Involve parents and carers if you need extra support

  • Be prepared for the weather – remember hats, sunscreen, jumpers and raincoats

  • Record your experiences in photographs to use in newsletters and back in the classroom

  • Celebrate the fun and learning by sharing your story with others

  • Continue ongoing outdoor learning back at school

Sign up

It’s easy to get involved and there is something every school can do. If you’re a teacher, educator or school administrator and new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out?

Or, if you’re already involved in outdoor learning, use the day to celebrate what you do and inspire other teachers around the world to join in.

Getting involved at Centennial Parklands

In 2017, Centennial Parklands hosted an Outdoor Classroom Day event for 10 schools. The day was a huge success. Our Lady of the Assumption teacher Antonina Fieni, reflected that
“This day not only engaged our students in well planned outdoor curriculum based learning activities but also gave teachers the confidence to trial these activities back at school.”  
In 2018, Castleraegh NS held their own outdoor classroom day event in Centennial Parklands, exploring the parklands and doing physical games. Elisabeth O’Carroll commented that
“It was a truly wonderful experience for the children and for the parents.”
All schools can get involved in Outdoor Classroom Day, in any outdoors environment.
“A fabulous day outside”
Gib Gate Preschool in The Southern Highlands, NSW, 2018
Share the exciting news about Outdoor Classroom Day in your networks, schools and early learning centres.

Further information here.

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.
Joseph Chilton Pearce