Play & Learn Outside | September 2019 | Issue 1.6


Welcome to the ‘back to school’ edition of Play and Learn Outdoors. It’s a bumper issue filled to the brim with everything to do with outdoor learning, play and fundraising, we’ve even included a bundle of important dates for your diary that you can incorporate into your lessons. You will find all the main news stories from the last 3 months to inspire your imagination in the direction of enhancing your lessons and outside teaching space. To view our latest newsletter, please see … Continue reading

Outside Comfort Zone Summer 2019


Welcome to the Summer Edition of Outside Comfort Zone. In this edition, we have shared some ‘first look’ progress photos of a big project we are working on at Lexden Springs SEND School in Essex for Morgan Sindall. These photos haven’t been shared on any other platform so be sure to take a look. As you may or may not be aware, we have managed to secure exclusivity from Ali Deck who have designed and manufactured an exciting aluminium decking … Continue reading

Ideas For Outdoor Play Sessions

When it comes to the new school year, there’s going to be a lot of excitement from children who are excited about their new classrooms, teachers and even new schools. Many of the children will also be looking forward to going outside whether the weather is wet, cold, sunny or warm. Learning outside is a fantastic opportunity for many children. It helps to develop confidence, social and fine-motor skills – all important for every day life. Playing outside is also … Continue reading

£7.8m Renovation for Derbyshire School

Murray Park Community School in Derbyshire were undergoing a huge £7.8m renovation which included a new school building featuring 15 new classrooms, a reception area, office space and canopies to the exterior. Able Canopies were invited to tender for the works, and we were more than happy to, particularly because we had recently completed a number of successful jobs for Wates Contraction who were managing the new project. These projects were at Westbury School, Bluecoat Primary School, Poplars Farm Primary … Continue reading

How To Maximise The Use Of Your PE Areas

Every school has a PE area, but not everyone utilises them to their full potential. Physical education is very important for the development of children. Not only does it help to develop their physical skills, but it can also help with confidence, emotional, and interpersonal skills. So, how can you maximise the use of your PE areas? Here are some suggestions: Redecorate Your PE Areas The first thing you want to do is to redecorate your PE areas. The more … Continue reading

The Product That is Taking the Industry by Storm

We’ve been so busy lately that it feels like an age away that we introduced you to our new range of aluminium decking. This product range has taken the market by storm and enquires and orders have been flooding in. However, between the mayhem we have managed to squeeze in the launch of a new product to add to the range; Fire Resistant Flat Balcony Decking. Sound familiar? Well yes it may, we have an existing product called Fire Resistant … Continue reading

How To Make Outdoor Role-play Areas Work

Role-play is a great way for children to learn, play and develop. Children naturally like to emulate what they see on television, what their parents do, and copy what they’ve read in books. Children can benefit from role-play in several ways; including: Development of creativity and imagination. Enrich language and use of communications. Develop social and emotional skills. Enhance physical development. Unfortunately, many don’t see this. Some experts have come across parents who reject role-play as just a way for … Continue reading

Filling in the Gaps

Lakes Meadow, a care home in Coggeshall, Essex had an area that was an awkward shape within their grounds which they wanted to utilise by storing mobility scooters and keeping them sheltered from the rain. The area in question was in between two buildings and was 7.19m in length, 1.98m at the smallest opening and 6m at the largest opening. Because of the odd shape, the canopy would need to be bespoke to be able to over the whole area … Continue reading

We’re Springing into Action at Lexden Springs SEND School

Morgan Sindall secured a project for Lexden Springs SEND School in Colchester which was an £18.8 million overhaul and included relocating the school to a new site. The new school will almost double the number of pupils it can support by offering an additional 80 places, bringing the total places available up to 200. The finished project will also create 30 boarding places for pupils, as well as extensive car parking and landscaping works. We were very pleased to have … Continue reading

Cranfield C of E Academy Gets A Canopy

Cranfield C of E Academy has recently had a new school canopy installed at their site. There was a new school built in September 2016, but they lacked the cover that can be essential in hot weather, especially in hot weather like the UK has experienced this year. Therefore, the school contacted us to supply them with a canopy. Originally, the school’s leadership team were interested in the Shade Sails for the area. However, after consultation, explanation of the benefits … Continue reading