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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‘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

Natural Connections have launched their 2014-2015 school competition ‘Outside the Classroom’.

The competition is open to all primary, secondary and special schools that are within the local authority boundaries of Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon, Torbay, Wiltshire, Bristol,South Gloucestershire  BANES and North Somerset.

The natural environment is one huge classroom. It provides fresh settings and new horizons for students’ education as well as rewarding teaching opportunities. Learning outside allows the opportunity for pupils to engage with the living world in their every day school life.

Natural Connections would love to hear about your school’s outdoor learning lessons. Whether you are out growing food, recording and measuring in Maths, creative writing in English or bug hunting in science, fill out the form on the link below and your school could be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes to help you expand your outdoor learning.

Three first prizes of £100-worth of local fruit trees and bushes will be awarded - one each to the best entry from a primary, a secondary and a special school. Many thanks to Adams Apples, who are providing these wonderful prizes. 

We also have loads of great runner-up prizes to be won, such as a class day out at the Eden Project, an nature specialist visit and many more – see the information sheet (link below) for full details! Our thanks to everyone who has contributed to such a fantastic array of prizes.

Submission deadline is 6th March 2015

Competition information

Download the form (word document)


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