Schools urged to use the great outdoors this July

Teachers are being encouraged to support outdoor learning by signing up for the second Empty Classroom Day.

The event is rolling out nationwide this year and schools around the UK can sign up now and pledge to teach pupils outside for one lesson on Friday 5 July 2013.

Pupils doing the OPAL water surveyOrganisers aim to give young people the chance to learn in new, more relevant and exciting ways, as well as helping teachers to broaden their knowledge and skills.

If you need inspiration for your outdoor lesson, why not use OPAL's resources for this year’s Empty Classroom Day?

From hunting for invertebrates in the playground for Bugs Count, to studying trees in your grounds for our next survey on tree health, our activities offer a range of ways for pupils to get hands on with nature.