Play & Learn Outside | Issue 1.4

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Welcome to the January edition of Play & Learn Outdoors. As the seasons change and a new year starts, our use of the outdoors for learning and play changes. In this issue we have some fantastic ideas on how to integrate outdoor learning into your daily school life. We also have some useful dates for your diary and it wouldn’t be an edition of P&LO without some advice on fundraising. To view our latest newsletter, please see below or click here to download and save a PDF version: … Continue reading

Are Your Children Taking Part In The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch?

January is here and the annual RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch is coming up. This year is pretty special as it’s the 40th birthday of the event. You and your school can also take part in the annual survey. The annual bird watch is a great way for you and your children to include outside spaces in your learning. It is also a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our native species, something that children tend to skip, focusing more … Continue reading

Celebrate the Spring Equinox in School

The Spring Equinox officially brings us out of winter and starts the season of Spring, it is one of the four greatest solar festivals of the year. It is also an exciting time and the change of the seasons is an important subject for children to learn. On 20th March when the Spring Equinox occurs, dayand night will be equal and there are a number of ways that your pupils can celebrate this natural event at school. Read on for … Continue reading

Primary School Expands Covered Outdoor Area

Corsham Primary School in Wiltshire Expands Their Covered Outdoor Area to Enable More Outdoor Play and Learning Corsham Primary school in Corsham, Wiltshire were having various works completed at their school which was managed by Rigg Construction. Part of the works included removing an existing canopy which was in need of replacing. The existing canopy was outdated and due to its size, did not provide sufficient shade and shelter for the number of children required. As this area was outside … Continue reading

Able Canopies Feature in Campus Estate Management

Campus Estate Management is a cutting edge and informative magazine that is targeted at staff within education establishments from primary schools through to universities and colleges. We are really pleased that they chose to feature our case study about our innovative installation of a solar canopy at Bournemouth University. In 2017, we installed a bespoke Kensington Dual Pitch Solar Canopy at Bournemouth University to provide shelter to students and staff waiting for the buses at the university as part of … Continue reading

Five Reasons Forest School Is Great For Your Setting

In recent years forest schools have helped children with their learning. They are great platforms for younger minds. If your setting doesn’t yet have a forest school, here are five reasons you should consider creating one now. It Helps To Build Confidence And Independence Whether it is building dens, navigating, creating mud pies, activities in a forest school help to build confidence and independence in children. They feel empowered as they learn about interacting with their natural environment and this … Continue reading

Bring The Outside – Inside

There are many benefits for playing outside, whatever the weather. But that doesn’t mean that you can be outside all the time. December, January and February can sometimes be challenging times for outside play, not least because the rain can make outside areas slippery. Yet that doesn’t mean your outside area is completely redundant. In fact, you can take items from the outside and bring them into you classroom to continue outside learning even during these wet, cold winter months. … Continue reading

Five Outdoor Group Games To Help Them Learn

Outdoor games are great fun and excellent for learning key skills. Children that play regularly outside are developing their fine motor skills, learning about the environment, improving their confidence and building social skills. That’s why it is always great to offer games outside. Sometimes, you might want to suggest games to offer particular skill development. Here are some suggestions for you. Hide And Seek Every child knows hide and seek, and they all love the game. Children relish the challenge … Continue reading

Protection above, below and around

Eating outdoors is one of the great pleasures of life. And it’s an excellent way for hospitality businesses to maximise the potential profits of the summer months and beyond. Being able to extend that ’outdoor season’ will be a big boost for many hospitality and leisure outlets. We had this opportunity in mind for customer service businesses when we created the ultimate outdoor weather protection pack for hospitality and leisure businesses. This combination of three complementary products will let bars, … Continue reading

An Awesome Awning

Our awning offer just got bigger and better with our new 12 metre span Langton awning. The Langton is the perfect option for restaurant, retail and leisure environments. It provides big shade for big spaces. The maximum projection of 4.35 metres means that it can protect large areas of tables, people and bar areas with ease. It is this extensive coverage which makes the Langton stand out. Its size makes it a cost-effective way to cover dining, drinking or social … Continue reading