Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day

About this activity

Suitable for all schools and nurseries.

Join the global OutdoorClassroom Day campaign so your pupils can experience the benefits of outdoor learning and play.

Outdoor Classroom Day is an annual event that takes place in May and aims to get as many children as possible outside for at least one lesson in the school day and for playtimes to be celebrated. You can take part as a class or get your whole school involved!

Find out the date for the next Outdoor Classroom Day and register your school to take part on the campaign’s website.

Here are a few ideas for activities you could do with your pupils on the day:

You’ll find lots more ideas and free downloadable lesson plans and resources on the Outdoor Classroom Day website.

Work with your school travel working group and Junior or Youth Travel Ambassadors (JTA/YTA) to plan the day’s activities.

How to evidence your activity

Add your story to the STARS website. Explain the activity, add photos of your Empty Classroom Day lessons and include feedback from your pupils and colleagues. Also include any lesson plans or promotional materials you used/produced.

Activity steps

Get ready
Visit the Empty Classroom Day website (see Resources) to find out more about how you can get involved and register your school
Plan the day
With your school travel working group, eco-council and/or JTA/YTAs decide on how you’d like to celebrate Empty Classroom Day at your school
Shout about it
Promote the activities you’re planning and their benefits to the wider school community with posters and an article in the newsletter or on the website
Empty the classroom
Spend the day outside learning and discovering the local environment with your pupils. Remember to take photos and use #EmptyClassroomDay on social media to join in the global conversation!
Tell your story
Feedback to your borough officer and add your story to the STARS website


  • Curriculum

This activity counts towards:

  • Curriculum

How it helps

  • Encourages class participation and team work
  • Can be linked with curriculum subjects
  • Allows children to explore their local environment


Useful links, templates and case studies to support this activity