Nature Lessons for Home Learning – How to Build a Hedgehog Home

Summary: Children and parents are struggling with staying indoors and sitting as a desk all day Set outdoor activities that they can both get involved in Time spent outside is good for the metal health of children and adults alike Building a hedgehog home is a great way to build many skills that a laptop simply can’t Whilst children are working from home, it’s widely known that children are finding it really difficult to sit down all day in their … Continue reading

Invite Authors for Remote Story Time Sessions

Summary: Invite local or upcoming authors to hold a remote story time session with your pupils Include a Q&A’s session for additional engagement and enthusiasm Make the most of your pupils’ interest by setting activities to complete afterwards Do you remember those days, when your pupils would be so excited that they’d be on their best behaviour because you’d organised someone to visit the school and talk to them? Those days are not a complete thing of the past. Whilst … Continue reading

A Canopy So Big You Can See it From Space (Kind off)

Okay, so maybe you can’t see if from space, but it is visible from Google Earth and there’s no wonder, the canopy is a whopper! In 2016 we supplied and installed a 112 metre Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy at Mead Primary School in Romford and it has just come to our attention that it is visible from Google Earth even when zoomed out substantially. As shown in the photo above, the white line that you can see is the canopy … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | December 2020 | Issue 2.1

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We’ve almost made it to the end of 2020 I think I speak for almost everyone when I say it’s been a tough year! However, the kindness that has come from this year has proven that when times are hard, strangers really do rally round and do what they can to put a smile on others’ faces. The pandemic has shown whats important and what’s not and one of those things is still providing children with a safe place to … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | October 2020 | Issue 2.0

We’re over halfway through the year already with winter and dare I say Christmas well on the way. That means it’s time to start thinking outside of the box when it comes to planning lessons and play sessions outside. The cold, drizzly weather doesn’t have to stop you and your pupils from enjoying the fresh air, which you can enjoy all year round. This edition of Play & Learn Outdoors is a little late this year however, the wait has … 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

Three Ways To Keep Children Motivated To Work From Home

It’s no secret that the Covid-19 lockdown has created some problems for teaching. It’s harder for many children to study at home. They might not have enough resources and their environment is more associated with play than it is to so much study. Yet the reality is, that home studying is the norm, for now. When schools do return, it will likely be phased, or that some children will remain at home to keep social distancing rules enforced. Those with … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | March 2020 | Issue 1.8

Welcome to the March edition of Play and Learn Outdoors. We’re already into the third month of 2020, can you believe it? I hope you have settled into the year well and your pupils are now used to writing the new year in their workbooks. I know I still forget, sometimes. We’ve been extremely busy over the last three months gathering all the latest and greatest news for you to read through on your tea break with a steaming hot … 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