Play & Learn Outdoors | June 2020 | Issue 1.9


As I’m writing this, the sun is shining and it feels like summer has well and truly settled in. The last few months have been tough for many of us across the world and we’re here to try and offer some lighter content and positivity. In the June edition of Play and Learn Outside, you will notice a couple of appearances from our very own superhero Shade Man and his latest offer which is exclusive to schools and nurseries. We have been very busy … Continue reading

Keeping Children Active Outside While Teaching Virtually


In the current climate it’s hard to imagine how you can keep children active and going outside while they’re in lockdown and you’re providing lessons virtually. However, with technology and some ingenuity, you can create some interesting lessons outside that encourage your students to do some lessons in their gardens. There are many benefits to this. First of all, they’ll keep up with some fitness which has been a worry for the Government and children’s charities. Plus, time outside can … Continue reading

Young Minds Learning With Minibeasts

Young children are always interested in life around them. They can get excited by a group of ants on a pavement, a butterfly on a flower, or a worm in some mud. Insects and other invertebrates can be an interesting way to spark curiosity in young minds and for them to learn, so they should be part of your learning. There are so many ways that you can incorporate minibeasts into your learning. Here are some of the lessons you … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outside | Issue 1.4

Welcome to the January edition of Play & Learn Outdoors. As the seasons change and a new year starts, our use of the outdoors for learning and play changes. In this issue we have some fantastic ideas on how to integrate outdoor learning into your daily school life. We also have some useful dates for your diary and it wouldn’t be an edition of P&LO without some advice on fundraising. To view our latest newsletter, please see below or click here to download and save a PDF version: … Continue reading

Could Forest School Be Useful For You?

Did you know that nearly three out of every four children don’t play for one hour outside each day? Considering the significant benefits of outdoor play, it’s amazing more children don’t. Children might not go outside because they struggle to see the potential experiences and adventure available. This is where forest school can help. Forest school becomes an exciting third educator and can support learning in many ways. Children can learn fine motor skills, promote independence and help to raise … Continue reading

Top of the class

We are proud of all the canopies, shelters and accessories that we offer. But like most companies, even if we sometimes don’t like to admit it, we have a favourite product. What elevates a product to treasured status? It might be the one that has been around the longest, or the one that has the most applications or the one that is the most popular with customers. Or, as in the case of our Coniston, all three of those reasons. … Continue reading

Turning a big space into an even bigger opportunity.

The benefits for schools of being able to cover large spaces so they be used more often for more activities are clear. It helps to maximise the use of the whole school, estate, it can add a focal point for school life, with the newly transformed area becoming a hub of social activity, and it gives a new space for dining, sports and entertainment. So why don’t more schools who have large spaces take on projects to add shelter those … Continue reading

Child-Led Learning Benefits and Tips

Educational facilitators are often planning activities for their students and usually focus on what they can learn from them. However, research has shown that child-lead play and learning can actually improve learning results and personal development. What Is Child-Led Learning? Child-led learning is where the child chooses the activity, location, and length of time spent on it. They have control of the activity, but the teacher can structure learning based on what they are doing. For instance, a child playing … Continue reading

Enabling Environments in Early Years Settings

One of the over arching principles of the Early Years curriculum is ‘Enabling Environments’. This reinforces the importance of having a place where children can access the curriculum as a whole without being restricted by weather constraints. The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage states: “Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs” Children can learn in lots of different ways. Some learn best by observing, some by listening … Continue reading