Play & Learn Outdoors | June 2020 | Issue 1.9

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As I’m writing this, the sun is shining and it feels like summer has well and truly settled in. The last few months have been tough for many of us across the world and we’re here to try and offer some lighter content and positivity. In the June edition of Play and Learn Outside, you will notice a couple of appearances from our very own superhero Shade Man and his latest offer which is exclusive to schools and nurseries. We have been very busy … Continue reading

Architect Newsletter: Outside Comfort Zone (May 2020)

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Welcome to the Spring 2020 edition of Outside Comfort Zone; your quarterly dose of building design solutions for you and your clients. This months’ issue brings you a selection of solutions to help your clients adapt to the new normal and a big Kier project we recently completed in five phases over six months. We also discuss the big upgrade UK holiday park owners are making to the facilities on their sites. Read the full newsletter here: OCZ Spring 2020 We’re sorry, your … Continue reading

Ideas To Turn Your School Website Into A Fundraising Powerhouse

Whether you’re raising funds for a new school canopy or perhaps a new computer room, fundraising in this day and age has become more challenging. Sponsored events, school fetes and other activities have ground to a halt. That doesn’t mean that you’re unable to hold fundraising events, it just means you have to change strategy. One strength of a school that is often ignored is the potential of the school website. Very few educational institutions take advantage of their website … Continue reading

Forest Schools And Covid-19

Schools have started to return and there certainly have been differences to the start of the year. Students are facing new limitations and experiences within schools. And there have been concerns about how children can get the same high quality of teaching as they have done before. And where does the current restrictions leave forest schools? Transmission Within Outside Settings Lower The advantage of forest schools is that they’re outside. Either within a forest area or under the cover of … Continue reading

Can You Bring The Learning To The Children’s Interest?

Learning for children can sometimes be unwanted. They want to play or engage in activities that they’re interested in. They don’t want to be sat at a desk or on the floor listening to how to count or write out sentences. Children don’t see the value of these lessons in their life. However, that doesn’t mean that learning can’t be done by intermixing it with their own interests. In fact, children can become better learners when important lessons are blended … Continue reading

Three Ways School Sports Can Be Adapted For A Safer Return

There’s no doubt that covid-19 is going to be around for the next year, if not longer. And many parents are worried about social distancing in school. Classrooms can be made secure, but PE and sports are a bigger challenge. Anyone who has watched a primary school football match will know that young children will swarm onto a ball. This close contact can be the perfect place for the spread of illnesses. So, how can children be given sports that … Continue reading

Planning For Winter Fundraising With Social Distancing

Scientists and the government are warning us that there’s a potential of a second wave of Covid-19 coming this winter. And as a result, there is likely to be social distancing for the foreseeable future. That doesn’t stop the need for fundraising for your school. Normally, fundraising would be an event, held indoors, that can sometimes get crowded. Events might include school performances, school winter fetes and other evenings. These could all be put at risk should there be a … Continue reading

Eastbrook Secondary School Increase their Dining Capacity into the Outdoors

Eastbrook Primary School who are an existing customer of ours, having installed two Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies at the school last year, required another canopy at their secondary school which is on the same site. The Director from Living Architects who we have also worked with in the past, contacted us asking for a quotation for a large timber canopy to provide a covered dining area at the school in Dagenham, Essex. The canopy the architect chose for the project … Continue reading

Three Ways School Canopies Will Help With Re-Opening In September

As schools re-open in September there are going to be significant challenges to face. One of those is space. While the Government guidelines state that children within a bubble don’t have to be concerned with social distancing, bubbles should be separated and all adults on sites must maintain a two-metre distance between them and others. This does present a space issue. However, there are ways that this can be eased through the use of school canopies. Here are three ways … Continue reading

If You’re Quick, You Can Still Bag a Summer Canopy Installation

If you’ve recently received a canopy quotation from us and you would like your canopy installed in the summer holidays, there is still time but hurry, we’re almost fully booked! The cut-off date to place your order is 17th July, this is so that we can get your canopy components delivered well in time for your installation to ensure everything runs smoothly. If you have any questions regarding your installation, or would like to give us some feedback, please contact … Continue reading

The Obstacles and the New Social Distancing Rules that Affect Your School

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on the 23rd June that from September, all children will be expected to attend school; whether they’re at secondary or primary. This is in part to the reduction of the social distancing rules that people must remain one metre plus, away from each other, not the previous two metres. Regardless of the distance, there are still some big obstacles that schools are facing. Classroom Space Even when you half the social distancing rules, you don’t … Continue reading

The Increasing Demand for Alfresco Dining

How Architects and Contractors can help their clients make the right choices when it comes to cover from the weather In recent years, alfresco dining has become extremely popular with UK residents opting for an outdoor lifestyle, particularly in the warmer months. This has seen an increase is demand for restaurants, pubs, café’s, hotels and holidays parks to provide outdoor spaces where their visitors can relax and enjoy spending time outside with family and friends. It’s a familiar picture; on a hot summers’ … Continue reading