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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If you are a teacher looking for interesting and innovative ways of incorporating outdoor learning into your lessons, this section holds a wide variety of resources related to the outdoor classroom.

If you are aware of exisiting resources which are not available in the Growing Schools resource library please submit them for inclusion here.

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Featured Resources

These are a selection of notable resources available in the Growing Schools Resource Library.

Gardening with Children and Young People with Special Educational NeedsSEN and EBD Resources

Growing Schools has produced a range of resources specifically for use with KS3-4 SEN and EBD students.

These resources cover topics from Gardening to Beekeeping.

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Renewable World

The Virtual Growing Schools GardenWant to know more about renewables but don’t know who to ask? Try The Renewable World, a website grounded in good-quality science, and offering an innovative way into this sometimes perplexing area.

Students are immediately engaged through an interactive, Top Trumps style game that encourages them to explore the use of renewable and non-renewable materials in the past, present and future. This helps them understand that many of our cheap, oil-based products come at a high environmental cost, and to explore more sustainable options for the future.

Teachers can start by using some of the interactive debating and choices tools to promote thought and discussion around the topic of renewables. Or take advantage of more detailed schemes of work, developed by other education professionals, in a range of subjects.

There are also informative videos from people working in the renewables industry.

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Growing Grains

Growing GrainsFCFCG has revised its educational Grains Pack to include details of growing grains in the UK and how to grow your own mini wheat field.

The Grains Pack can be used by any educator in order to get an insight into the history of cereals around the world and how they are cultivated.It’s also packed with ideas for milling, making crafts and other activities you can study and practically make with children.

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The Virtual Growing Schools Garden

The Virtual Growing Schools Garden

A virtual version of the Growing Schools Garden designed by Chris Beardshaw has been launched, packed full of useful resources and advice on how to create a garden of your own!

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Get Your Hands Dirty

Get Your Hands Dirty

A resource to help teachers considering the issues involved in growing plants or keeping animals in your school grounds.

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Growing Schools Year Planner

Growing Year PlannerGrowing Schools has produced a colourful and informative calendar-style year planner for the classroom.

The year planner is enlivened with inspirational photos, and packed with tips and advice to encourage outdoor learning through growing food in schools.

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