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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Animal care

These resources supply children with information about different small pet animals, including their diets, housing and breeds. The questionnaires are for the students to fill out, concerning the housing and nutrition of the animals.

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

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Art and design projects for your garden

Ideas to get your class thinking about art and design in the garden, including decorating flowerpots, turning plants into artwork, customising tools and making decorations

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Bank erosion in The Broads

Aimed at GCSE Geography and AS/A2 Geography and Environmental Science students, this richly illustrated Fact Sheet discusses the causes and management of bank erosion in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

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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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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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