This is an excellent opportunity to take your learning outdoors so why not click on this link to sign up! http://projectdirt.com/group/the-empty-classroom/page/signup EMPTY CLASSROOM DAY[/b] Taking Learning Outdoors on Friday 6th July 2012[/i] What is the Empty Classroom Day? On Friday 6thJuly 2012 pupils will be going outside to learn. The Empty Classroom Day is a project created by a collection of organisations who met at London Sustainable Schools Forum (LSSF) and all support learning outside, school grounds and growing. The day was developed to help schools benefit from outdoor learning and share their best practice with other schools. Schools are signing up to support for outdoor learning and to show that one class will be learning outside for one lesson on Friday 6thJuly 2012. Pupils will be; Doing their maths lesson in the playground Making art on city farms Doing bug hunts at nature reserves Running races for school sports days Bird watching in their playgrounds Writing stories in the local park Following maps in Zoos Weeding in the school vegetable patch Why are schools doing this? Learning outside the classroom can be fun, memorable and healthy. By signing up to the Empty Classroom Day schools are joining together so many pupils experience the benefits of learning outside on Friday 6thJuly 2012. Everyone benefits from learning outside*; young people will get the chance to learn in new, more relevant and exciting ways – in particular these can benefit those who find classroom learning difficult teachers will be able to broaden and deepen their teaching skills and subject knowledge while working with more motivated pupils the school can use these new approaches to raise achievement the wider community can benefit through involvement in, for example, developing school gardens of all kinds, leading to a wider understanding of issues such as healthy eating, sustainability and caring for the environment.