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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The Growing Schools Garden London

Growing Schools Garden - London - Garden Tour

Playground

Playground plan

  1. Entrance sign collage
  2. Compass mosaic
  3. Recycled mural / Curved seating
  4. Artwork
  5. Playground markings
  6. Classroom displays
  7. Drinking fountain flower mosaic
  8. Friendship stop & playground rules
  9. Gourds on the pergola & fruits in hanging baskets
  10. Well dressing
  11. Herbs and vegetables in decorated pots & recycled tyres

Entrance sign collage

Entrance with pupils from Chaddesley Corbett Primary School
School:
Chaddesley Corbett Primary School
Image caption
Entrance with pupils from Chaddesley Corbett Primary School

Compass mosaic

Representing the seasons. Spring at the centre to winter on the perimeter.

School:
St John's CE First School

Recycled mural / Curved seating

Life Cycles mosaic depicting night and day, chicken to egg, and growing apples.

Factsheet:
Murals (PDF)
School:
Long Eaton Community School

Artwork

Insect themed artwork
Schools:
Boyne Hill CE Infant School
Coombes Infant School
Elton CE Primary School
Mapledene Early Years Centre
Selwood Anglican & Methodist Middle School
Image caption:
Insect themed artwork

Playground markings

School:
Alvanley Primary School - Pupils' own games
School:
Coombes Infant School - Strategy games requiring math skills

Drinking fountain flower mosaic

School:
Selwood Anglican & Methodist Middle School

Friendship stop & playground rules

Encouraging social integration in the playground
School:
Godwin Primary School

Gourds on the pergola & fruits in hanging baskets

Factsheet:
Fruit and Vegetables in Hanging Baskets (PDF)
School:
Brockhill Park Secondary School

Well dressing

A traditional example of ephemeral artwork.

Factsheet:
Well Dressing (PDF)
School:
Elton CE Primary School

Herbs and vegetables in decorated pots & recycled tyres

Schools:
Boyne Hill CE Infant School
Normand Park Primary School