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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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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Boris the Lost Badger

A splendidly illustrated rhyming story book, ideal for storytelling in a woodland setting, focusing on animals.

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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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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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Composting and Wormeries

This fact sheet aims to help teachers use their school garden and grounds as a creative resource.

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Developing ICT skills

A selection of websites that will engage pupils and increase their IT skills while teaching them about the environment, healthy eating and wildlife.

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Food Fact Sheet

These fact sheets are aimed to teach children at key Stage 2 level, the knowledge of food and farming. They cover subjects on wheat, nutrition and plants, whilst covering the key environmental issues associated with food production.

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Fruit and Vegetables in Hanging Baskets

This fact sheet aims to help teachers use their school gardens and grounds as a creative resource.

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