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

School Drop Off and Pick Up Canopies

Many parents across the UK (and most of the world) have been very patient and accepted the rules and regulations that have been put in place in schools to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As requested, they are happy to collect and drop their children off at the designated points, and the systems appear to be working great. Until recently… The month of October seems to have brought a bucket load of rain with it each day, I can only … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | October 2020 | Issue 2.0

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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

The Obstacles and the New Social Distancing Rules that Affect Your School

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on the 23rd June that from September, all children will be expected to attend school; whether they’re at secondary or primary. This is in part to the reduction of the social distancing rules that people must remain one metre plus, away from each other, not the previous two metres. Regardless of the distance, there are still some big obstacles that schools are facing. Classroom Space Even when you half the social distancing rules, you don’t … Continue reading

How To Fundraise In The Age Of Social Distancing

Just a year ago, fundraising was an easier time. You could organise fun runs, cinema evenings and lots of other activities that could help raise funds for important school investments like school canopies, new computers and more. However, all that has changed. Covid-19 is due to be with us for a long time and the need for schools to invest has not gone away. That’s why school fundraising options need to be found. Fundraising ideas now need to consider social distancing … Continue reading

Extending Dining Space with Canopies for Social Distancing

With the prospect of children gradually being introduced back into schools, Headteachers are looking for ways to extend specific spaces such as those where children will gather. One of those places is the school dining hall. You may think the most obvious option to achieve this would be to extend your school building however, that would be extremely costly, and the timeframe would too slow. A much more cost-effective option that will work perfectly with your time frame is a … Continue reading

6 Ways to Raise School Funds During a Lockdown

The current situation has no doubt had a huge impact on your fundraising plans and therefore your funding levels. However, instead of putting your plans on-hold, have you thought about changing them? The COVID-19 pandemic has taught a lot of people, in a lot of different situations to be creative and find alternative ways of achieving their goals. So, how can you raise funds whilst adhering to social distancing during and after a lockdown? Here’s a few ideas to get … Continue reading

Keeping Children Active Outside While Teaching Virtually

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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

How to Make a Miniature Pond in Five Easy Steps

It’s fair to say that the current times have taught us a lot of things and just one of those is that it’s important, more now than ever that we make the most of our outside spaces at school and at home. As an added bonus, if we’re able to get creative within our outside space, it will have a positive impact on our children’s (and our own) mental health as well as a it being a great learning tool and … Continue reading