Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:17

More than 250 schoolchildren from Cornwall and Devon descended on the Eden Project on Friday (July 5) as part of a new initiative called Empty Classroom Day.

The aim of the national event is to encourage schools and teachers to make the most of outdoor spaces and use them to animate lessons and help children to engage fully with the curriculum.

150 schools from across the UK are expected to have left the classroom and headed out into the sunshine as part of the event.

Ten of those schools came to Eden to utilise the open space and original architecture. They included Bosvigo School from Truro who were studying bugs and insect camouflage, Carclaze School from St Austell who were doing den building and sketching, and Trythall School from Penzance who spent the morning orienteering.

Sam Kendall, Eden School Programme Manager, said: “The day has gone really well - it’s brilliant to see the whole of Eden being used in such inventive ways and that by learning outside, the curriculum-based work becomes more tangible and more exciting.”

As well as welcoming thousands of pupils to the home of the Biomes each year, Eden’s education team offer a range of inspirational teacher training workshops and staff development programmes.

This ranges from one-day workshops at Eden to help teachers enrich the curriculum with simple, practical and creative ideas to in-school training programmes that help the whole school to make the most of their outdoor space and create change throughout the whole school.

To find out more about the different opportunities to learn with Eden, go to: