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The RFS Teaching Trees team is gearing up to make Outdoor Classroom Day 2019 a truly memorable event for primary schools across the country.

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Contact your nearest RFS Teaching Trees Officer for details about Outdoor Classroom Day opportunities for your school

Training and Programme Officer Becky Wilkinson says: “Teaching outdoors engages all of the senses.Children will often remember the lessons for life - they are inspirational for all abilities.

 “Spring is one of the very best of seasons in a wood with leaves and blossom coming out, insects stirring and birds beginning to nest. Children are naturally inquisitive. They love to find out more about their local environment and how woodlands contributed to communities in the past and how they continue to do so.

 “All Teaching Trees sessions are high on fun, can be adapted to fit in with specific school projects and are curriculum linked for Early Years to Key Stages One and Two. We find children are often so enthusiastic about the things they have learned they are encouraging their parents and siblings into woodlands as well.”

Outdoor Classroom Day is being celebrated on 23 May 2019. To book a free session with Teaching Trees Education Officers in Cumbria, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, The National Forest, Grantham, Northumberland, Staffordshire or West Yorkshire contact the Education Officers here. Outdoor Classroom Day sessions available on a first come, first served basis. Other dates available throughout term time.

According to the Muddy Hands Report 2018, the benefits to children from learning outdoors are many! Not only does it help connect us to the places we live and the environments we will want to protect but it results in better learning outcomes:

  • 97% of teachers say that outdoor play is critical for children to reach their full potential.
  • 88% of teachers say that children are happier after playing outdoors.
  • 88% of teachers say that children are more engaged in learning when taking lessons outdoors.
  • 86% of teachers say that playing outdoors gives children a better understanding of the environment.

The Royal Forestry Society’s Teaching Trees project has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) quality mark recognising both the quality of the learning and the safety of the courses.

Since the Outdoor Classroom Day campaign started in the UK in 2011 over 40,000 schools in more than 100 countries have taken part.