Countryside Classroom - Connecting schools with food, farming and the natural environment

Growing Schools has been re-launched as Countryside Classroom, the largest ever partnership of organisations who are committed to helping children learn about food, farming and/or the natural environment.

It is the vision of Countryside Classroom that schools and teachers across the UK will embrace food, farming and the natural environment as essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum, incorporating them into day-to-day learning. As a result of this, every child will have the opportunity to learn about and experience these topics in diverse ways that are increasingly supported by experiences outside the classroom.

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Welcome to the Growing Schools website which has been designed to support teachers and practitioners in using the "outdoor classroom" as a resource across the curriculum for pupils of all ages.

Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources for the Outdoor Classroom. Lesson ideas, outdoor activities and subject related materials. Where ever your outdoor classroom is, find resources to help bring the lesson to life.

Search for Places and People

Find a place to visit in your location.

Find Places to Visit

Register your place to visit

Find people who can help with outdoor education:
National Support Organisations
Local Outdoor Learning Providers

The Growing Schools programme and website are co-ordinated by Farming & Countryside Education a UK based charity. If you have found this website useful or support the work that it conducts alongside its partners, please consider making a donation.

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