What Is Going Wrong With Our Schools?

Studies have shown that there are falling standards in schools. Many students are leaving without the necessary English or Maths to complete basic working tasks in the working environment. At the same time, with the rise of technology in the workplace, there is a significant need for an increase in students advancing to higher education. Schools Not Being Equipped For The Future There are plans in place to rectify these issues, but most of the current schemes are not going … Continue reading

First Look Photos: Hailsham Community College Primary Academy

In August 2019, we installed a mammoth of a canopy at Hailsham Community College Primary Academy in East Sussex. We are working on a full case study which will be available soon however, we couldn’t wait to share the finished photos with you. The canopy is a whopping 75 metres long with a 3 metre projection. Although it is a bespoke canopy, the design is based on the Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy and features large steel beams that slice through the … 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

Dates for Your Diary December 2019 – February 2020

Don’t miss out, make a note of these dates in your diary pronto! There seems to be an awareness day or week for most things these days and it’s easy to miss the ones that might be useful for schools and provide the opportunity for a different teaching and learning experience. We have shared some upcoming dates with you below from the big and obvious through to the smaller and less well-known, either way, there is plenty going on this time … Continue reading

Finding Fresh Air in the Winter

The thought of taking lessons outside in the winter can be rather daunting. If you’re the type of person that feels the cold and avoids the winter air, you may be surprised at how much both you and your pupils can actually enjoy it. The key to enjoying time outside during the colder season is preparation – make sure you all have warm clothes and where possible layer up; gloves, scarfs hats coats and jumpers will keep you warm and … Continue reading

Play & Learn Outdoors | September 2019 | Issue 1.6

Welcome to the ‘back to school’ edition of Play and Learn Outdoors. It’s a bumper issue filled to the brim with everything to do with outdoor learning, play and fundraising, we’ve even included a bundle of important dates for your diary that you can incorporate into your lessons. You will find all the main news stories from the last 3 months to inspire your imagination in the direction of enhancing your lessons and outside teaching space. To view our latest newsletter, please see … Continue reading

Able Canopies Ltd. Deliver Covered Outdoor Spaces for New Totnes Primary School

As part of a £7 million construction of the new Dartington Church of England Primary School, Able Canopies Ltd. designed, supplied and installed a number of bespoke timber canopies to provide versatile outdoor spaces for pupils and teachers. The new £7 million school in Totnes, Devon, replaced the previous eco-school which opened in 2010 but vacated in 2014 due to serious and persistent issues with the roof. The new development, which consists of 12 classrooms and a range of modern … 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

Play & Learn Outdoors Issue – 1.3

Welcome to the third issue of Play & Learn Outdoors of 2018. Your source of fun ideas to expand a safe learning environment for your school. Inside our latest issue you will find outdoor learning activity ideas, dates for your diary, fundraising ideas and much, much more! To view our latest newsletter, please see below or click here to download and save a PDF version: Play & Learn Outdoors | November 2018 We’re sorry, your browser doesn’t support IFrames. You can still visit this item., however. … Continue reading

Play and Learn Outdoors – Issue 1.1

Welcome to the first issue of Play & Learn Outdoors of 2018. Your source of outdoor learning ideas and fundraising inspiration. Inside you will find helpful tips on assessing outdoor learning, planning outdoor science lessons and much, much more! Click here to read and download the full newsletter: Play & Learn Outdoors | February 2018 In this month’s edition: The big events of 2018 Help planning your fundraising calendar Outdoor inspiration Assessing progress in outdoor learning A big difference for … Continue reading