Learning Outside the Classroom

Learning in the Great Outdoors

Children learning in the Great Outdoors

Being outside is good for all of us. However, the great outdoors provides an expanse of learning opportunities that are particularly significant for those in pre-school, Reception and Year 1.

In recent years, study after study has highlighted the growing amount of time young children spend in front of screens and the correlating diminishing time spent outside. Society has changed. More of us work in offices Monday to Friday, few of us work outdoors and many of us only see our children in the evenings and at weekends. These days, kicking a ball around a field or collecting leaves in Autumn has a lot to compete with. Computer games, Youtube and on demand children’s TV often consume our children’s entire attention.

State funded schools run more residential trips per year than independent schools

children on residential trips

The results of a survey of nearly 400 school leaders from secondary schools across England, focusing on residential school trips, has been released today. The research was carried out by the School Travel Forum, the not-for-profit professional trade association for educational travel providers, dedicated to promoting safety in school travel.

Pendine Outdoors – excellent value!

Pendine Outdoors – excellent value!

Make your next residential brilliant at Pendine Outdoors!

Providing group accommodation and activity breaks to school groups for over 30 years, Pendine Outdoors is well able to offer professional, bespoke packages for all, including a diverse array of activities, making it easy to plan your group's educational residential ... and all within 5 minutes walk of the award winning blue flag Pendine Sands.

Rein & Shine Seeks Sponsorship to Offer Free Equine-Assisted Learning to Autistic Children

Rein & Shine

A North Wiltshire equestrian centre is seeking sponsorship to be able to hold an event offering free equine-assisted learning for autistic children. Rein & Shine’s Hoof Club is running the event in support of the National Autistic Society (NAS), with the aim of benefitting the wider community on a not for profit basis.

The centre hopes to fund the event with the help of local companies with any profits being donated to the National Autistic Society.

Rein & Shine is an Accessibility Mark accredited centre, with a well-respected reputation for teaching disabled riders.

Musical Sensory Garden

Musical Sensory Garden

Percussion Play Reveals the Secrets to Building the Perfect Musical Sensory Garden

 

UK-based outdoor musical instrument manufacturer Percussion Play details how to build inclusive spaces that allow everyone to experience music and nature, with a specialist guide to building a musical sensory garden.

Percussion Play has built musical instruments for parks, playgrounds and schools all around the world – and now, they’re sharing their specialist knowledge on sensory gardens.

In the free guide, the UK’s leading outdoor musical instrument manufacturer showcases their tips on planning, planting and percussion so that everyone can enjoy music, sound and the great outdoors.

Who really benefits from having a Canopy i2o ltd have the answers

Canopy

Interview with Mark Cooper Sales Advisor i2o ltd & Little Miracles Sean Robson- Business Manager on Canopy's

 

How has Little Miracles benefited from having the canopy?

 

We are able to offer particular activities and equipment like the table football and pool table all year round now which we would only ever offer outside if we were guaranteed it was not going to rain. But, now we can just keep them out there rather than taking them out and putting them up and then packing them down again and bringing them in.

There is an alternative way to address social mobility

Professor Sonia Blandford is speaking out about the urgent need to change our way of thinking to address social mobility, to include, value and improve outcomes for children and young people experiencing challenge, needs and disadvantage.

We must address the ever decreasing opportunity to break the cycle of disadvantage; new thinking and new leadership is needed now.

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Monkey World

This internationally-acclaimed rescue centre, in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland, is home to over 250 primates – including the largest group of chimps outside Africa.  Many have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions, or experienced unbelievable cruelty.  At Monkey World, they can all enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment, and some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species.  

12 fishy facts for back to school, with special guests Dory and Nemo

Fish-tank

Many kids headed back to school in the next few weeks will no doubt have their heads full of the hit film Finding Dory.

The animated feature has been topping box offices in the UK and Ireland, with families flocking to see the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo. But while everyone knows Dory, not many know that she can go by a string of different names, among them Regal Blue Tang, Surgeonfish and Doctorfish. And did you know that it's a myth that fish have memory problems like Dory does?