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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Activities about animals

A series of teaching activities for use when visiting farms or in school.

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Activities about Plants

A series of online teaching activities for use on visiting farms or in school.

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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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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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Exploring Nature Play

Resources for all those interested in Exploring Nature Play.

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FieldNotes - wildlife recording software

FieldNotes is an exciting new concept in wildlife recording, offering a vast range of resources to develop interest in the natural environment, and actively encouraging information-sharing with biodiversity projects and organisations.

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Funding for schools and community gardens

Comprehensive list of organisations that may help fund your school garden (RHS Campaign for School Gardening)

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Gardening for primary schools

Laminated, fold-out guide to help primary school teachers set up and maintain a school garden. Includes a garden calendar linked to the school year (Field Studies Council

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Gardening with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs

Growing Schools is pleased to have supported the production by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) of a new report and teaching resources for gardening with Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs.

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