Plant Power: Planting Flowers & Vegetables in Schools

Schools have been doing it for years; sending their pupils home with a sunflower plant that they’ve grown from seed however, have you ever thought about growing flowers or vegetables with your pupils on a larger scale? There’s lots of ways you can go about it depending on the usable outdoor space you and your pupils have access to, and it’s important to ensure that whatever way you do decide to go about it, that every pupil can take part. … Continue reading

Using the Outside To Catch up On Education

With children now returning to schools, it’s important to look at how they can catch up with their studies. There are many thoughts on this, with longer terms, shorter holidays and longer school hours all being suggested. But more time in education isn’t necessarily the answer. The quality of education is probably the best answer. There are many ways that you can continue to offer quality education and outside time might be a good way to help students catch up. … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | March 2021 | Issue 2.2

March welcomes the start of Spring, which means we are leaving the colder weather and dark nights behind. It’s the perfect time to start planning outdoor lessons, your fundraising plans and dates that you can partake in to make lessons even more fun and engaging for your pupils. The last 3 months since the previous edition of P&LO have been busy here at Able Canopies HQ, we’ve installed lots of canopies which you can see on pages 14 & 15. … Continue reading

How To Encourage Children To Exercise Outside

Once again, the UK is in lockdown and children are remote learning at home. This is causing a potential risk to children’s health. Remote learning is often associated with staying inside and sitting in front of the computer or with worksheets. Very few physical tasks are given during this time. And without access to an outside area like under your school canopy, going outside isn’t very desirable at the moment. The British weather at this time of year is wet, … Continue reading

Safety Outside in the Cold Weather for Children

Outside time is so vital for development in children. Time outside helps them to build on their confidence, physical and mental health. Yet the cold weather can make children unwell. And icy weather can also lead to children slipping on surfaces. And with the current problems with staff shortages due to isolation and illness, observation cannot be relied upon. So, how can you keep children safe at school during the colder weather? 1. School CanopiesSchool canopies are a great option. … 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

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

Keep Parents Happy and Children Dry Whilst Dining Outside

You may have already read the article regarding a school in Manchester that received backlash as their pupils were eating lunch outside in the rain; Angry parents say children ‘treated like animals and made to eat in rain’ at school. I don’t know the full details so I cannot personally comment however, I am fully aware of the struggles teachers are experiencing whilst ensuring schools follow all social distancing guidelines, keeping all pupils confined to their own bubbles and teaching … Continue reading

Outdoor Shelter for Doctor Surgeries and Dental Practices

Many Doctor Surgeries and Dentists are looking at ways they can welcome their patients whilst trying to minimise the spread of COVID-19 to both their patients and staff. During the summer, many practices provided outside seating areas which was a pleasant experience as patients could sit in the sunshine whilst also keeping a safe distance. However, with the welcome of the autumnal weather and with winter on its way, sitting outside doesn’t seem so enjoyable anymore. In order to keep … Continue reading

Covered Outdoor Waiting Areas for Healthcare Practices

Many healthcare settings such as doctor and dentist practices have fairly small waiting rooms which can only hold a handful of patients at a time given the 2-metre rule. This would have been fine during the summer months as some patients could wait outside however, as we are now in the colder, rainier months, more patients will be looking to book appointments; and they won’t be so keen on sitting outside whilst bearing the wintery elements. It’s important that patients … Continue reading