Play & Learn Outside | May 2019 | Issue 1.5

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Welcome to the May edition of Play & Learn Outdoors. Spring has settled in and summer is on it’s way, so put the kettle on and have a quick read through the inspirational articles inside. In this issue we have listed some fantastic national dates coming up that your school can take part in, a host of outdoor learning ideas and it wouldn’t be an edition of P&LO without our popular fundraising ideas and tips. To view our latest newsletter, please see below or click here … Continue reading

Outside Comfort Zone – Spring 2019

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It’s been a while since you last received an edition of OCZ and I can assure you, it’s been worth the wait. After our love with timber in the last issue, we have restored normal service with a good mix of installs and guidance to help you design and plan your next canopy installation. There is a bit of a ‘back to basics’ feel with this edition. It’s easy to lose sight of the core purpose of canopies as we … Continue reading

Earn Funds For Your School Through Recycling With TerraCycle

Recycling is a major focus for many communities up and down the country. Despite our best efforts however, there is 300,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste produced in the UK every year. Much of this waste is taken to countries afar a field as Singapore, where it is burned or just dumped, causing more damage to the environment. That is where companies like TerraCycle come in. They’re offering business, schools and individuals the chance to recycle items that councils and authorities … Continue reading

Embrace The Outside! Learning Using Everything That Is Outside

When it comes to learning, the outdoors can be a great classroom. There are numerous elements that can be incorporated into lessons that help children develop their mental well being, understanding of the world and physical abilities. Here are some of the ways that you can use the outdoors to enhance learning in your educational settings. Sounds Any outdoor space is noisy. There are animals, passing traffic, people and other elements that can make for interesting learning points. Spend time … Continue reading

Aluminium Decking for Architects, Specifiers and Contractors

Introducing the World’s First Quick Fit, Slip Resistant Aluminium Domestic & Commercial Decking for Architects, Specifiers and Contractors We are extremely proud to have completed the launch of our new product range: Ali-Deck aluminium decking. Ali-Deck is the world’s first quick fit, slip resistant aluminium decking system and is expected to take the market by storm given last years’ change in fire regulations for high-rise buildings. Ali-Deck aluminium decking has a number of features which will encourage you to start … Continue reading

Calculating the ideal installation

Shane Jerram, Operations Director at Able Canopies discusses the importance of site-specific calculations to ensure each canopy meets all the relevant performance and safety standards.   There are a range of canopy products on the market to upgrade outdoor spaces into usable, safe areas in all weather conditions. The requirements for each job can vary depending on the end user needs – and to ensure the most suitable solution is installed, the specific site and potential weather conditions should always be … Continue reading

8 Ways a Shade Sail Can Benefit Your School

Shade Sails offer many benefits to schools and other educational environments. Below I have listed the top 8 benefits that shade sails offer, proving that shade sails really are the ideal sun canopy for schools. 1. High UV Protection Shade Sails offer high UV protection from harmful UV rays produced by the sun. Fortunately children are now spending more and more time outdoors however, we need to protect them from the risk of skin damage such as skin cancers. Our shade sails protects … Continue reading

How the Fire Safety Regulations in High Rise Buildings Affects Projects with Balconies

Since Dame Judith Hackitt filed her report for the Government in May 2018, awareness has increased dramatically regarding the risk of combustible materials used in high-rise buildings. So much so that as a result, a new regulation was set in place on 21st December 2018 which meant that combustible materials will not be permitted on the external walls and features of new buildings over 18m high containing flats. This also applies to new hospitals, residential care premises, dormitories in boarding … Continue reading

Young Minds Learning With Minibeasts

Young children are always interested in life around them. They can get excited by a group of ants on a pavement, a butterfly on a flower, or a worm in some mud. Insects and other invertebrates can be an interesting way to spark curiosity in young minds and for them to learn, so they should be part of your learning. There are so many ways that you can incorporate minibeasts into your learning. Here are some of the lessons you … Continue reading

Able Canopies Receives Third ‘Perfect Delivery’ Certificate from Morgan Sindall

Here at Able Canopies we are extremely pleased to have secured yet another ‘Perfect Delivery’ certificate from Morgan Sindall. It’s our third Perfect Delivery certificate that we’ve received from them which was awarded for the works carried out at Ashmole Primary School in London in July 2018. What’s a perfect delivery certificate? On the Morgan Sindall website, they declare that in order to deliver focus to their philosophy, they have recognised five evident measures which they call their ‘Customer Commitments’. … Continue reading

Shade Sails for Schools

Shade sails are popular products within schools, not only because they look great, but  also because they provide protection from the sun, keeping the children underneath cool and protected. School Shade Sails are available in many different shapes and sizes and multiple shade sails can be installed together to create stunning shade sails arrays. Our Shade Sails are available in square or triangular shapes up to 6m wide each and there no limit on how many we install to create … Continue reading

Sun Safety Tips For Your Educational Setting

With summer on its way, comes the hot sun. Sunshine is a great stimulus for outside play and all summer long children enjoy playing their favourite games in your gardens, playgrounds and outside at home. However, the hot summer sun also presents some dangers. UV damage is one of the biggest problems. Children can also struggle with getting too hot. So, here are our suggestions for sun safety in schools. Use Shaded Areas Regularly One of the first things you … Continue reading