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

Garden Tour


Recycling plan

  1. Weather station & weather instruments
  2. Compost bins with heat sensors
  3. Alternative energy feature

Weather station & weather instruments

Instruments illustrate teaching this topic at primary and secondary level.

Windsock bird and windmill weather vane

Windmill First School

Stevenson screen to house instruments

Cardinal Wiseman RC School

Compost bins with heat sensors

Composting and Wormeries (PDF)
Cardinal Wiseman RC School

Alternative energy feature

Both solar and wind power are harnessed to charge three 12V batteries. These drive a pump to deliver water to the soil towers demonstrating how the infiltration of surface water varies with the type of soil. The pump also drives a watering system for container plants.


Royston High School