Play & Learn Outdoors | June 2021 | Issue 2.3


Summer is finally in full swing and time spent outside has never been more enjoyable, whether that be for recreation or taking lessons outside in schools. This edition of Play & Learn Outdoors is packed full with all the inspiration and ideas you need for teaching your pupils outside in the fresh air and raising those much needed funds for your school. So take a break, sit back, relax with a cuppa and have a read. Hopefully you’ll be able … Continue reading

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

Cornwall Holiday Park Extend their Dining Facilities into the Outdoors

With the go-ahead for self-contained holiday accommodation in the UK from April, Holiday Parks and hotels are looking forward to opening their doors to their much-loved guests, none more so than Lizard Point Holiday Park in Cornwall. In 2020, Parkdean Resorts invested over 1.8 million into the popular holiday park which was previously known as Mullion; part of those improvements included the addition of alfresco dining facilities. Able Canopies supplied and installed a 17 metre x 9 metre Tarnhow Dome … Continue reading

Three Board Games That Can Be Adapted For Outside

There’s no hiding the fact that board games can be a great way for children to learn. They can build all kinds of skills with board games such as mathematics, logic skills, inter-personal skills and more. But with the current Covid-19 problems, board games have been hard to play. However, there are ways that you can take the board games and adapt them to be played outside, whether you’re playing in the playground or under a school canopy. 1. Snakes … 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 Moving Showcases Outside Can Help Your School

Covid-19 has forced numerous changes upon the way that things are done in school. A couple of years ago, regularly parents would be invited around to see their children’s work in the classroom. It was an excellent opportunity for children to showcase their achievements and get parents engaging with classroom learning. However, Covid-19 has made it almost impossible to run these events. However, there are ways that you can run these events, safely and this is by hosting these events … Continue reading

Can Children Benefit From Outdoor Reading?

Outdoor reading, in numerous places from forest schools to school canopies, can be a great way for your children to engage with their books. There are many advantages of taking your school reading outside, here are some of those reasons. 1. More Imaginative EngagementReading can sometimes be enhanced by having other activities that run alongside them to tell more about the story. For instance, students can act some of the key scenes from the book or try out some of … 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