Play & Learn Outdoors | March 2021 | Issue 2.2


March welcomes the start of Spring, which means we are leaving the colder weather and dark nights behind. It’s the perfect time to start planning outdoor lessons, your fundraising plans and dates that you can partake in to make lessons even more fun and engaging for your pupils. The last 3 months since the previous edition of P&LO have been busy here at Able Canopies HQ, we’ve installed lots of canopies which you can see on pages 14 & 15. … Continue reading

Plant Power: Planting Flowers & Vegetables in Schools

Schools have been doing it for years; sending their pupils home with a sunflower plant that they’ve grown from seed however, have you ever thought about growing flowers or vegetables with your pupils on a larger scale? There’s lots of ways you can go about it depending on the usable outdoor space you and your pupils have access to, and it’s important to ensure that whatever way you do decide to go about it, that every pupil can take part. … Continue reading

Using the Outside To Catch up On Education

With children now returning to schools, it’s important to look at how they can catch up with their studies. There are many thoughts on this, with longer terms, shorter holidays and longer school hours all being suggested. But more time in education isn’t necessarily the answer. The quality of education is probably the best answer. There are many ways that you can continue to offer quality education and outside time might be a good way to help students catch up. … Continue reading

Tensile Canopies: Fun, Bright, Safe and Strong

It’s no secret that the last year has highlighted the importance of time spent outdoors; it’s safer compared to time spent indoors when it comes to avoiding viruses, it has a positive impact on our mental health and it keeps our physical bodies healthy too. So, what better time is there than now to improve your outdoor area and transform it into a pleasant space that can be enjoyed all year round, no matter what the weather has to offer. … Continue reading

We Are Now Certified by Acclaim Accreditation

You may have noticed that we’ve removed the CHAS certification from our website but please don’t be alarmed, we haven’t lost this certification; we’ve simply replaced it with the Acclaim Accreditation. The Acclaim Accreditation means that we comply and adhere to everything that CHAS required from us so you can rest assure you will continue to receive the same great service and health and safety measures. Why did we do it? We have been members of ConstructionLine Gold for some … Continue reading

Our New Fun, Fresh and Fabulous Shade Sail Fabric

Our commercial shade sails have always been popular products, particularly within educational and play settings due to the bright and cheerful fabric colours available. We’re an innovative company and we’re always looking at ways to ‘keep up with the times’ to ensure our products meet all the requirements our customers require whilst still offering the very best in quality and customer service. That’s why when our supplier contacted us regarding their new shade sail fabric range, we couldn’t contain our … Continue reading

How To Make Fundraising Fun This Year

Whether you’re looking to invest in a new computer room or a school canopy, you’re going to need funds and this will probably require you to do some fundraising at some point. Covid-19 has caused so much of the school budget to be allocated to other things like new cleaners and equipment, new classroom accessories and more. Therefore, your budget is likely to be a little stretched. Fundraising used to be a very fun occasion. But so many activities are … Continue reading

Cornwall Holiday Park Extend their Dining Facilities into the Outdoors

With the go-ahead for self-contained holiday accommodation in the UK from April, Holiday Parks and hotels are looking forward to opening their doors to their much-loved guests, none more so than Lizard Point Holiday Park in Cornwall. In 2020, Parkdean Resorts invested over 1.8 million into the popular holiday park which was previously known as Mullion; part of those improvements included the addition of alfresco dining facilities. Able Canopies supplied and installed a 17 metre x 9 metre Tarnhow Dome … Continue reading

Ways To Ensure That Social Bubbles Don’t Mix

The return to school has come at a time when other restrictions are still in place and so children and parents are still being asked to participate in strong social distancing. However, the school setting can make this a challenge. Using social bubbles, in which classrooms or year groups are grouped and don’t interact with others, has become very normal for many but how do you ensure that all social bubbles remain distanced? 1. Entrance And Exit Of School One … Continue reading

Three Board Games That Can Be Adapted For Outside

There’s no hiding the fact that board games can be a great way for children to learn. They can build all kinds of skills with board games such as mathematics, logic skills, inter-personal skills and more. But with the current Covid-19 problems, board games have been hard to play. However, there are ways that you can take the board games and adapt them to be played outside, whether you’re playing in the playground or under a school canopy. 1. Snakes … Continue reading

Canopies for Restaurants

As I’m sitting here tapping away on my laptop, the sun is shining through the windows and the guys on the local radio station are talking about children enjoying the start of their Easter holidays at the beach. It’s only March so it may not a big deal that we’ve hit the hottest day of the year so far however, it is pretty hot out there and they have just announced that it’s officially the hottest March day since 1968. … Continue reading