About Christine

Christine is Able Canopies' Marketing Assistant Manager and is an advocate of outdoor learning. She is a big fan of fundraising and is always looking for fresh fundraising and outdoor learning ideas to share.

Teaching Children To Accept Mistakes Rather Than Be Afraid Of Them

Thomas Edison is famous for saying: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” He knew the importance of making mistakes and their part in learning how to accomplish things. Students today have to have the same mentality. They need to learn to embrace mistakes, analyse what went wrong and then make changes to try again and get it right. A classic example here is in maths. Sometimes marking is only done on a right or … Continue reading

First Look Photos: Hailsham Community College Primary Academy

In August 2019, we installed a mammoth of a canopy at Hailsham Community College Primary Academy in East Sussex. We are working on a full case study for the next edition of Outside Comfort Zone however, we couldn’t wait to share the finished photos with you. The canopy is a whopping 75 metres long with a 3 metre projection. Although it is a bespoke canopy, the design is based on the Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy and features large steel beams … Continue reading

A Premier installation

PDR Construction approached us to tender for the entrance canopy works at a brand-new building they were constructing for the Premier Inn hotel chain in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. The canopy requested by the architect working alongside PDR Construction was of a similar specification to our Kensington Wall Mounted Entrance Canopy, so we therefore put this product forward in our tender. The Kensington Wall Mounted Entrance Canopy features a galvanised steel frame which can be powder coated in any RAL … Continue reading

Another Fire in High Rise Accomodation Raises Concerns

In November (2019) another fire broke out on a multiple occupancy high-rise building; flames tore through a block of student flats in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Thankfully no one lost their lives however, two people were treated at the scene by paramedics. The incredible lifesaving work from 200 fire fighters and 40 fire engines managed to prevent another mass tragedy however, it begs the question, why are these buildings still covered in flammable materials? This situation could have been prevented; with … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | December 2019 | Issue 1.7

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Welcome to the December edition of Play & Learn Outdoors, I hope the new school year has been a successful one so far with many triumphant fundraising events and positive parent evenings. Over the past 3 months, we have rounded up the latest news from the Able Canopies HQ along with our usual tips, tricks and ideas. We have another bumper issue this month so there’s plenty to read including everything to do with outdoor learning and play, as well … Continue reading

Dates for Your Diary December 2019 – February 2020

Don’t miss out, make a note of these dates in your diary pronto! There seems to be an awareness day or week for most things these days and it’s easy to miss the ones that might be useful for schools and provide the opportunity for a different teaching and learning experience. We have shared some upcoming dates with you below from the big and obvious through to the smaller and less well-known, either way, there is plenty going on this time … Continue reading

Finding Fresh Air in the Winter

The thought of taking lessons outside in the winter can be rather daunting. If you’re the type of person that feels the cold and avoids the winter air, you may be surprised at how much both you and your pupils can actually enjoy it. The key to enjoying time outside during the colder season is preparation – make sure you all have warm clothes and where possible layer up; gloves, scarfs hats coats and jumpers will keep you warm and … Continue reading

Looking After Your Canopies in the Colder Months

As the leaves start to fall of the trees and the weather gets colder, it’s important that we look after our outside structures to ensure they are well maintained to reduce the risk of damage that the elements can cause. Whether we are forecast snow for the months ahead or not, we should still be mindful of the possibility of snow because whilst our canopies are strong, the excessive weight that snowfalls place on them, could cause avoidable damage. It’s not just snow that can … Continue reading

Walking into Winter the Right Way, with a Walkway

As a nation we seem to all have at least one thing in common – we hate the rain and will do almost anything to avoid getting wet. Which is funny really, because the UK isn’t exactly the driest of countries and good old mother nature does love a downpour over here. So, when it comes to designing a new build or a renovation, please consider the end users and keep them dry when visiting different buildings onsite. One way … Continue reading

Forget Tasting the Rainbow, You Can Build a Rainbow

As we supply many of our structures to schools and nurseries, we therefore offer a range of colourful canopy upgrades to make the outdoor areas bright, cheerful and fun. One of our favourite upgrades for schools most definitely has to be coloured polycarbonate. These roof sheets completely transform canopies, even with a standard white frame, they brighten the structure immensely. However, my most favourite feature is not only do they brighten the structure, but they brighten the area underneath too; … Continue reading