Play and Learn Outdoors – Issue 1.1


Welcome to the first issue of Play & Learn Outdoors of 2018. Your source of outdoor learning ideas and fundraising inspiration. Inside you will find helpful tips on assessing outdoor learning, planning outdoor science lessons and much, much more! Click here to read and download the full newsletter: Play & Learn Outdoors | February 2018 In this month’s edition: The big events of 2018 Help planning your fundraising calendar Outdoor inspiration Assessing progress in outdoor learning A big difference for … Continue reading

Great Outdoor Learning Activities For Springtime

This week was the official start of spring, and this is one of the best times of the year for outdoor learning. Not only are outdoor areas starting to get more colour, the improved weather makes it easier to plan learning activities for outside. There are several options for you to create excellent, fun and educational experiences this spring. Here are a few of our favourite ideas for you to consider. A Fairy Garden Little children love fairies, trolls and … Continue reading

An Outdoor Treasure Hunt – Creating Conversation Through Discoveries

The outdoors is abundant in learning opportunities. Some of these opportunities are so common that they pass us by. However, for children, the outdoors is one of the greatest sources of learning, both about the world around them and for developing their senses, awareness, speech and social skills. Consider any outdoor space, this could be a park, wood, beach or an outdoor space in your setting. There are lots of resources in those areas that children can interact with and … Continue reading

How Loose Parts Can Enhance Play And Learning

When trying to develop young minds, there are many tools available. However, there seems to be a current drive to use technology to inspire and teach. This might be great at times, but there’s still lots of learning and fun that can be achieved through small, lower cost items. Loose Parts are an excellent tool for learning and are great fun for children. The best part is that they aren’t just for one use. Loose Parts can be used in … Continue reading

Riding the wave

With more than a third of UK adults currently classed as cyclists (source: Mintel 2016), and 18% riding weekly or more, it is clear that cycling is playing a major part in the lives of people across the country. From occasional cyclists to health-conscious commuters and full on lycra clad racers, a large part of Britain moves on 2 wheels. One downside of the increase in cycling has been the number of cycles that are stolen each year. The good … Continue reading

It pays to talk

We are under no illusions about the place that a canopy has in most construction projects, it is not the number 1 priority. That doesn’t mean to say that we can’t add value to the work. No matter what your experience of specifying a canopy is, the earlier that you talk to us about your requirements the better your project outcome will be. Early consultation leads to smarter solutions, less disruption and better final outcomes. For example, bringing us into … Continue reading

A 21st century bus shelter

As part of a major infrastructure development Bournemouth University created a new transport hub to connect the University to the wider area. Because it serves a busy university campus the transport hub had to provide practical shelter for passengers. This weather protection had to have a couple of significant differences to a standard installation. Firstly, it had to look good and fit in with the wider design themes of the development and secondly, to deliver on the University’s sustainability goals, … Continue reading

The Gold Standard

Able Canopies achieve Constructionline Gold status Our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of service and business practices has been recognised with the recent award of Constructionline Gold membership. Achievement of this standard means we been able meet new levels of assessment and risk management. As Constructionline explain: ‘The Gold (level 3) membership extends the mandatory PQQ and includes a mandatory Health and Safety Accreditation. The enhanced PQQ question set now includes verification of Environmental Management, Quality Management, Equalities and … Continue reading

Colour Co-ordinated

This recent installation at a school in Northampton was our first use of coloured polycarbonate. As the pictures show the results are quite striking. The use of coloured polycarbonate allowed the colours of the new canopy roof to be matched to the Schools’ own corporate colours. The installation not only looked good on completion but also demonstrated that the specialised panels worked excellently with our own rafter bar, meaning this type of work can be tackled in a time and … Continue reading

The Outdoor Environment – The Perfect Place For Young Minds And Senses

There is no hiding the fact that an outdoor space at any early years location is a great asset. Children love being outside, whether they are finding bugs hiding in the undergrowth, or pretending to be a superhero. Their play and learning outside is stimulating and memorable. The outdoors can be used in many ways to improve the sensory learning of your children. Here are a few outside activities they can engage in and what you can do to enhance … Continue reading