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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Activities about the countryside

Activity sheets for pupils to use in the countryside.

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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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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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Ceramic flowers and plant labels

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

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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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Decorated Pots and Containers

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

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