Beat the Rain and Safeguard Your Plans

Make sure your event goes ahead whatever the weather. The weather so far this summer has been a varied mix of just about everything with a little sunshine thrown in here and there. However, it’s the time of year when we’re all making plans outside, and yet it seems most plans are being rained off last minute due to the unpredictability of the weather. Beat the Rain and Safeguard Your Plans There is a way that you can safeguard your … Continue reading

Keeping Children Safe In The Sun

As the temperatures rise in the UK and the longest day approaches, children are going to be spending more time outside. This is a great time for their physical and mental well-being, but there are also risks associated with spending too much time outside in the sun. For one, too much time in the sun can overheat children, especially those who are running around a lot and being very active. This can cause heat exhaustion or sunstroke. Another problem is … Continue reading

Wyvern Pupils Enjoy the Outdoors Whatever the Weather

Pupils at The Wyvern School in Ashford, Kent are now enjoying spending time outside all year round thanks to the 153 sqm of canopies they had installed in April by Able Canopies Ltd. The Wvyern School is a special school for children with profound, severe and complex needs from the age of 3 through to 19. To provide their pupils with the best possible outdoor setting, they contacted Able Canopies with the hope to install two canopies within their school … Continue reading

Outdoor Pets Can Be A Great Classroom Assistant

When it comes to teaching children outdoors there can be lots of great assets and tools that you can use and a classroom pet is a great addition. Classroom pets can range from pet guinea pigs to chickens and more. And there are lots of benefits of a pet joining your classroom. Here are some of them. 1. Can Teach Children About Routines And Responsibility The first is that it can teach children about routines and responsibilities. You can create … Continue reading

New: Modular Outdoor Classrooms

Have you spotted the new range we’ve added to our website? We’ve noticed a huge increase in demand for canopies with all the bells and whistles, so we have therefore added a whole new category for Modular Outdoor Classrooms to show the potential our canopies have when it comes to transforming your outside area and expanding your teaching space. Our modular outdoor classrooms consist of a selection of our most popular canopy systems with upgrades which include polycarbonate side and … Continue reading

Why Time Outside Should Not Be Discouraged During The Pandemic

While there is much concern over the spread of the Covid-19 virus, there are reasons why outside time should not be discouraged this winter. In fact, time outside, whether for fun and games or lessons should be encouraged this winter more than ever, here is why. Why Is The Outside A Worry? For some, more time outside this time of year is a worry. Colder weather is linked to the spread of the virus and more like it. However, there … Continue reading

School Drop Off and Pick Up Canopies

Many parents across the UK (and most of the world) have been very patient and accepted the rules and regulations that have been put in place in schools to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As requested, they are happy to collect and drop their children off at the designated points, and the systems appear to be working great. Until recently… The month of October seems to have brought a bucket load of rain with it each day, I can only … Continue reading

Eastbrook Secondary School Increase their Dining Capacity into the Outdoors

Eastbrook Primary School who are an existing customer of ours, having installed two Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies at the school last year, required another canopy at their secondary school which is on the same site. The Director from Living Architects who we have also worked with in the past, contacted us asking for a quotation for a large timber canopy to provide a covered dining area at the school in Dagenham, Essex. The canopy the architect chose for the project … Continue reading

Tips For Holding Classes Outside

Social distancing and schools sound like a challenge that is hard to solve. Especially as classes are being told to be limited to just 15 students in each. However, utilising outdoor spaces effectively can be a simple solution that allows more children to return to your setting and social distancing to be observed. So, here are some tips for holding classes outside. 1. Tailor The Learning Outdoor teaching isn’t going to be the same as learning inside a classroom. You’re … Continue reading

Extending Dining Space with Canopies for Social Distancing

With the prospect of children gradually being introduced back into schools, Headteachers are looking for ways to extend specific spaces such as those where children will gather. One of those places is the school dining hall. You may think the most obvious option to achieve this would be to extend your school building however, that would be extremely costly, and the timeframe would too slow. A much more cost-effective option that will work perfectly with your time frame is a … Continue reading