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

Plan Your Outdoor Space

When it comes to educating children, outdoor spaces are really important. They’ve been proven to help students learn more and be more enthusiastic in this learning environment. Plus they offer significant health benefits to all students. However, you can’t just have an outdoor space. You need to carefully plan it so there is a mix of planned, structured learning opportunities and space for unstructured learning for the children. You also need to make sure that children are safe in the … Continue reading

2019: A Bumper Year for the Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy

Firstly, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year, I hope that you’re all feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world after a well-deserved break. Upon my return to work, I quickly got stuck straight back into statistics as I do love a good comparison with the previous years. My first report was to see how many Coniston Wall Mounted Canopies we installed in 2019. I was pleased to discover that we’ve had a pleasant increase in … Continue reading

£7.8m Renovation for Derbyshire School

Murray Park Community School in Derbyshire were undergoing a huge £7.8m renovation which included a new school building featuring 15 new classrooms, a reception area, office space and canopies to the exterior. Able Canopies were invited to tender for the works, and we were more than happy to, particularly because we had recently completed a number of successful jobs for Wates Contraction who were managing the new project. These projects were at Westbury School, Bluecoat Primary School, Poplars Farm Primary … Continue reading

Cranfield C of E Academy Gets a Canopy

Cranfield C of E Academy has recently had a new school canopy installed at their site. There was a new school built in September 2016, but they lacked the cover that can be essential in hot weather, especially in hot weather like the UK has experienced this year. Therefore, the school contacted us to supply them with a canopy. Originally, the school’s leadership team were interested in the Shade Sails for the area. However, after consultation, explanation of the benefits … 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

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

The Coniston: 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

Playing Out In The Rain

With the weather becoming wetter throughout the country, outside time is becoming less attractive to small children. It’s cold, wet, and at times we put less toys outside to play with because of the risk. However, there are reasons why you should encourage more outside play. Different Textures Playing outside during wet, rainy weather is completely different to play when it’s hot and sunny. These different experiences can help with learning co-ordination and sensory development. Different textures can also be … Continue reading

Product Update: Ullswater Apex

The Ullswater Apex Free Standing Canopy is a long-standing product that has been in our range since the beginning. It is a robust structure that provides effective weather protection and fits in particularly well with more traditional style environments, while still looking great in modern settings too. We are always looking at ways to further improve our products and we have decided to give you more choices when it comes to the faithful Ullswater Apex. You can now choose from two … Continue reading