Getting Children Out In Nature

Nature and time outside is long linked to lower levels of stress. The great outdoors is also a great learning opportunity. Children should be spending time outside, even in the coldest weather, and their enthusiasm can be inspiring. Using a range of environments outside can broaden experiences and learning opportunities for children. Organising lessons in fields, forest schools or under glass canopies can really help you provide a wide learning experience that caters for numerous learning preferences and styles. Yet, … 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

Children No Longer Need To Be Crammed

As schools expand, there is a premium in space. One school in the South-West of England has even taken to putting some children into 63-strong classes. As a result, many feel that children are getting crammed into them. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many schools are aware of the need to provide space for children to play and learn. The learning environment is vital for the success of education. If children feel too crowded or … 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

Give Your Students That Fresh Air

February and March now seem to be the time of year when cold weather really sets in over the UK. So this is when the children are often less likely to venture outside and play in the fresh air. However, children don’t have to kept indoors during this time. Instead, play in the colder months is very beneficial. Children who regularly play outside, even in the colder months have higher levels of vitamin D. When 20% of the UK population … Continue reading

Celebrate the Spring Equinox in School

The Spring Equinox officially brings us out of winter and starts the season of Spring, it is one of the four greatest solar festivals of the year. It is also an exciting time and the change of the seasons is an important subject for children to learn. On 20th March when the Spring Equinox occurs, dayand night will be equal and there are a number of ways that your pupils can celebrate this natural event at school. Read on for … Continue reading

Primary School Expands Covered Outdoor Area

Corsham Primary School in Wiltshire Expands Their Covered Outdoor Area to Enable More Outdoor Play and Learning Corsham Primary school in Corsham, Wiltshire were having various works completed at their school which was managed by Rigg Construction. Part of the works included removing an existing canopy which was in need of replacing. The existing canopy was outdated and due to its size, did not provide sufficient shade and shelter for the number of children required. As this area was outside … Continue reading

Bring The Outside – Inside

There are many benefits for playing outside, whatever the weather. But that doesn’t mean that you can be outside all the time. December, January and February can sometimes be challenging times for outside play, not least because the rain can make outside areas slippery. Yet that doesn’t mean your outside area is completely redundant. In fact, you can take items from the outside and bring them into you classroom to continue outside learning even during these wet, cold winter months. … Continue reading

Adaptable, skilful and practical

Being flexible is part of our make up. The skills and products that we use for canopies can often be adapted to other uses around a site to ensure a coherent approach to the use of materials and a co-ordinated finished look to the new structures. A recent installation at Ashmole Primary School is a good example of this. Included in the work was a straight forward free standing Tarnhow mono canopy that created a new play and learn area … Continue reading

Outside Learning Supports Classroom Work

When you’re looking for learning opportunities, outside time is often forgotten or ignored. Normally this is because there’s a significant pressure on teachers to use classrooms and technology. But outside learning can be a valuable partner in your learning schedule. There are several reasons why this is the case, including: Stress reduction There is a lot research showing stress in the classroom for both students and teachers is rising. Yet being in nature is also used in a lot of … Continue reading