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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School garden

Growing Schools champions the value of getting out of the classroom, and engaging with the wider world to promote a different, and often more effective, ways of learning. Embracing this style of education can be a challenge for teachers and children alike, as well as for school managers and the wider school community.

In this section we give enthusiasts some ammunition to help them with Making the case. There is also a substantial list of Support organisations able to provide both inspiration and practical advice, links to Case studies of schools who have successfully integrated learning though the living environment into their curriculum, some reassurance about Health and safety and a host of ideas for Funding.