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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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!

Aimed at pupils aged 7-11 years old, the kits, containing pots and three different types of seeds supplied by Tozer Seeds, will help students develop first-hand knowledge of where their food comes from in their own classrooms.

Six new worksheets, created in conjunction with the British Nutrition Foundation, will also be available. The worksheets will cover aspects of the new Cooking and Nutrition element of the National Curriculum such as basic food preparation, food safety and hygiene and links to healthy eating and how to create a salad for a certain occasion. The worksheets will join existing curriculum based worksheets which are downloadable online.

Participating schools can showcase their salad crops with two competitions running in conjunction with The Sun newspaper’s gardening editor Peter Seabrook. Schools are invited to send photographs of their crop to be in with a chance of winning £500 worth of gardening vouchers and they can win a further £500 worth of gardening vouchers by devising their own salad recipe using their salad crop. For more information visit -

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