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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Apples

All about apples, from growing, through eating to history and cultural links.

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Bee Scene

A resource pack including a survey to explore how good an area is for bees based on wildflower populations.

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Budding Gardeners

Set up by garden equipment and sundries supplier Harrod Horticulture to provide advice and resources for school and community gardens on growing food organically. Some discounts available.

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Butterfly and bee borders

Grow a beautiful border that will also attract a wide range of insects to study.

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Buzz

This resource is a game to encourage children to take a fresh look at farming and wildlife. The main aim is to get the children to ask relevant questions on biodiversity and its importance.

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Ceramic flowers and plant labels

Imaginative ideas for making your own labels, and decorative ceramic flowers.

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Chickens in schools: Is it safe?

This fact sheet addresses the health and safety issues around keeping chickens in schools

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Children’s gardening booklist

Suggested books containing information and activities relating to plants and gardens

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Compost bins

Construction details and photos for the three-bay compost bin made by West Hill Primary School for the Growing Schools Garden 2007.

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Composting

Separate leaflets for teachers and students on making and using a compost bin.

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