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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South West CPD training in blue spaces

Natural Connections and the Ecover Blue Mile have joined forces to deliver CPD workshops in blue spaces in Bristol and Somerset in September.

‘Outside the Classroom’ Natural Connections School Competition

A school competition to encourage learning outside the classroom as well as the chance of winning great prizes for your school

Happy Empty Classroom Day

Take learning outdoors!

Sign up for the Grow Your Own Salads scheme!

The Grow Your Own Salad (GYOS) initiative from the British Leafy Salads Association is returning for a third year and is now accepting registrations. One thousand free GYOS kits are available this year!

Green Beacon Shines Bright at St John’s

The green beacon of outdoor learning continues to shine strongly at Totnes St John’s Primary School as a group of Year 6 children recently claimed their John Muir Award for the second year running after a week of hard graft on the school’s nature trail.

Major New Teaching Project Moves the Classroom to the Beach

Thousands of schoolchildren are to benefit from one of the biggest Teach on the Beach projects in the UK, being launched by the Ecover Blue Mile and Plymouth University’s Natural Connections.

Let's get Growing Schools!

Have a read of our article in the latest edition of the UKED Chat Magazine

Growing Schools Launches Local Outdoor Learning Providers Directory

The Growing Schools Website is now accepting registrations from providers across the country for inclusion on a national database of Local Outdoor Learning Providers. As part of the Natural Connections demonstration project aimed at encouraging the use of local outdoor spaces for learning.

John Muir Award Leader Training

A two-day residential course which gives a thorough introduction to the relevant skills, knowledge and approaches needed for delivering the John Muir Award.

Nominate your gardening champions!

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening has opened applications for its highly anticipated RHS Young School Gardener of the Year competition.

Natural Connections launch in Cornwall

Natural Connections had a fantastic week celebrating their official launch in Cornwall

Visit My Farm Upgrade

A revitalised on-line information hub branded Visit My Farm is set to inspire farmers to host more farm visits and encourage teachers to take their children down on the farm.

Plymouth University MA Module: The Experience of Outdoor Learning

Take your qualifications to the next level and register with Plymouth University for the MA module ‘The Experience of Outdoor Learning’.

Project Wild Thing - Reconnecting kids with nature

‘Project Wild Thing’ is the UK’s biggest ever campaign that aims to reconnect children with the natural world

Education Secretary has seen first-hand a school’s ‘secret sauce’ to success

Outdoor learning is a winning formula in delivering first class education to primary school students in Wokingham

Poultry in Schools CPD Course - 13th November - Worcestershire

A workshop on the practicalities of keeping poultry in schools: lesson links, health and safety, legislation and best practice.

Making the Connection: major project launches to help children learn outdoors

A ground-breaking project which aims to significantly increase the number of school-aged children experiencing the full range of benefits that come from learning outside the classroom in natural environments has been launched today at Glenfrome Primary School, Bristol.

Teaching Kids Gardening

New blog on the Wilko life website offers a concise argument in favour of introducing gardening to schools.

The Wild Weather Book

Loads of things to do outdoors in rain, wind and snow. Now there is no excuse to be bored and stuck inside…