Play & Learn Outside | Issue 1.4


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

Top Tips For Mother’s Day Crafts

With mother’s day coming up soon, you might be looking at activities that get children making presents for the special day. Art is a wonderful gift as it is creative, unique and fun for the children to do. To make sure that children are having fun doing their craft for mother’s day, and to save on mess inside, why not take the craft outside. You could have children complete presents on a bench outside in the sun. This not only … Continue reading

How To Cut Costs In Your Educational Setting

Every organisation, whether they are a small business, big multinational or public organisation is facing pressure to streamline costs to make them more efficient. This is true even for educational settings where budgets can be tight, but expectations are still high. There are several ways that your setting can reduce costs. Here are some of the quick and easy solutions for you to save on costs. Energy Costs Almost all small businesses, regardless of their operations, can probably save some … Continue reading

Fire Resistant Balcony Decking for Architects and Developers

I’d be very surprised if you haven’t heard about the recent tragedies that have sadly covered our news screens in recent years regarding fires in public and residential buildings including blocks of flats. This has rightfully so lead to new regulations being set out by the governing bodies to increase the fire safety within such buildings, dramatically reducing the risk of future tragedies occurring. The new regulations cover many materials and includes those used on balconies. We have therefore introduced … Continue reading

Too Many Settings Don’t Utilise Their Outdoor Space

Playing outside holds many benefits for youngsters, yet there are many educational settings that don’t allow children to play outside enough. Playing outside helps to meet targets of 180 minutes a day of physical activity for children. Currently, studies have found that only 10% of children are meeting this target. One reason for this is that many settings aren’t allowing children outside due to adverse weather conditions. Yet outdoor play is essential for learning in addition to physical well-being. Children … Continue reading

Give Your Students That Fresh Air

February and March now seem to be the time of year when cold weather really sets in over the UK. So this is when the children are often less likely to venture outside and play in the fresh air. However, children don’t have to kept indoors during this time. Instead, play in the colder months is very beneficial. Children who regularly play outside, even in the colder months have higher levels of vitamin D. When 20% of the UK population … Continue reading

The UK’s Most Popular Canopy?

The beginning of the new year, means many things, including fresh new figures that show the statistics of 2018. And naturally, this means we’ve calculated the total length of Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies supplied and installed in the year of 2018. In 2018, we supplied and installed a total of 1,142 metres in length of Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies. That’s 314 metres longer than the length of the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa). It’s also equivalent to 114 double decker … Continue reading

Able Canopies Receives 2nd Morgan Sindall Perfect Delivery Certificate

At the end of last year, we were very pleased to receive our second Morgan Sindall Perfect Delivery certificate. The certificate was awarded to us for our contribution to the project at Home Farm Primary School in Colchester, Essex. Morgan Sindall state that to provide focus to their philosophy, they have identified five tangible measures which they call their Customer Commitments. The commitments are applicable to all their customers, both internally and externally and identify five goals: to deliver safe, … 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

Make National Storytelling Week A Success This Year

There isn’t long to go until it’s National Storytelling Week and you’ll want to be prepared for this super event that encourages learning and reading, and is a great way to interact with your students. This year will be the 18th year of the national event, and it could be the biggest yet. Here are some suggestions to make your participation great! Ride The Coat Tails The event officially starts on the 27th January and ends on the 3rd February, … Continue reading