Our recent competition to win tools and equipment from Spear and Jackson generated interesting stories from schools around the country showing how they are using gardening to enrich their teaching, how they achieve it, and the many benefits that accrue
The Honey Bee Programme run by School Food Matters is designed to raise awareness of the importance of honey bees and offers schools visits from enthusiastic beekeepers from the London Beekeepers Association (LBKA)
The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes offers a school-based Junior Park Ranger project designed to engage young people with the natural world. It’s free to join, inclusive and non-competitive, simple to run and is fully supported by their Outdoor Learning Team!
Registration is now open for Roast Dinner Day, when hundreds of schools across the country will open their doors to grandparents, toddlers and everyone in between to share a delicious and healthy lunch. Sign up for your free resource pack
New research from Swansea University has found that pupils feel a sense of freedom when learning outside the classroom, they are more able to express themselves, more engaged and more positive about the learning experience
BNF Healthy Eating Week (10-14 June) is a great way to show that health and wellbeing are important to your nursery, school or workplace! Registration is free and will give you access to downloadable resources and health promoting ideas
Farming Fortnight starts today with Market Monday, asking the question 'What is farming?'. Find ten days of resources, devised with input from school students, to help you find the answer to this and many other questions about modern farming
There are nearly 10 million cattle - beef and dairy - in the UK, playing a major role in British farming and food production. Learning about cattle and their significance can provide teaching material for many curriculum areas and all age groups, and our website has many resources to support you.
As part of their 10-year anniversary celebrations, the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) is offering schools across the UK the chance to win one of many brilliant learning outside the classroom experiences, kindly donated by LOTC Quality Badge providers. A free day at Magdalen Farm (pictured) is one of the second phase prizes; entry deadline is 3 Jul
'It is the best thing the school has implemented without doubt.' A research project conducted by Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service highlights the health and wellbeing benefits of Forest School programmes
Learning through Landscapes delivers services across the UK and internationally, but has done so under many different names, including Grounds for Learning in Scotland. In future, they will use Learning through Landscapes (LtL) for all their charitable activities. They also have an attractive new website supporting all their services
Food Teacher’s Centre has successfully piloted its Chefs Back to School programme, under which student chefs return to their original secondary school. They provide a practical demonstration to an examination class and describe their own course and future career prospects
Miller's Ark Animals sent this enchanting photo of their first Devon and Cornwall lamb of the season. It arrived in the snow at the start of February and needed a little warming up. If you're planning a farm visit at lambing time here's a selection of our resources to support learning before, during and after the event
You are invited to join in the nomination process for the Bayer-LEAF Education awards, celebrating all the great work that farmers and those involved in agriculture do to inspire young people about farming, what it delivers and why it matters. Nominations close on 21 March 2019
The Country Trust, a Countryside Classroom partner that brings food, farming and the working countryside alive for those children least able to access it, are recruiting a Trustee with an educational background
Whether its growing, crafting, farming, eating or learning - we've got sackfuls of resources on all aspects of grains and other seeds, from worksheets to videos, and from simple seed-raising experiments to understanding the machinery used in wheat production.
The Royal Forestry Society’s Teaching Trees programme, which brings primary schools together with local woods and woodland owners, has received the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom’s LOtC Quality Badge mark.
SEEd (Sustainability and Environmental Education) want to find out more about how young people across the UK are feeling about sustainability and climate issues and ask if you know and/or work with young people to share the survey with them
Words describing nature are disappearing from the Junior Oxford Dictionary. Trees for Cities are aiming to reconnect children with nature by delivering a copy of The Lost Words to every primary school in London
1 November is Outdoor Classroom Day, a global campaign to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outside and prioritise playtime.
The Campaign for Wool’s annual Wool Week runs from 8th to 21st October. For everything woolly, from sheep breeds to lambing, felt making to model sheep, we have the resources to support your teaching both inside and outside the classroom
The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Adopt a School programme is looking forward to a record-breaking new academic year, getting more chefs than ever into schools to share their skills, knowledge and passion for food
From energy to litter, climate change to food security, sustainability is an issue that affects us all. It's an important element in all three of Countryside Classroom's key themes: food, farming and the natural environment, so it's not surprising we have some good resources on the subject, ranging from a single factsheet to a complete website
In Healthy Eating Week (11-15 Jun) we're all encouraged to understand more about healthy eating and drinking; being active; food provenance and cooking. For a selection of relevant Countryside Classroom resources, click below
Even carrots have their own special day, 4th April, and why not? Carrots are a significant UK crop, easy to grow in a school garden, and a healthy ingredient for many delicious recipes. Find out more with these Countryside Classroom resources
Learning about the wild species that can be found on organic farms adds another dimension to children’s understanding of farming and how farmers manage land for wildlife. It can tie in easily with geography, science and food technology, as well as literacy and numeracy
Leading practitioners in the world of learning outside the classroom (LOtC) have been recognised as ‘LOtC Heroes’ for making a significant impact on the lives of children and young people through their commitment and dedication to providing and/or championing exciting and inspiring learning outside the classroom opportunities
Did you know that there are over 6000 rivers in Britain? 30 of these are over 70 miles long – longer than most of our motorways. With so many rivers throughout the country, there are many opportunities for schools to engage with our remarkable river systems and use them as a key opportunity for learning.
Learning outdoors offers so many new and exciting opportunities for pupils and can be even more powerful when teachers explore how to include the five senses in key learning activities. This article explores some ways in which the senses can be incorporated into lessons, both in and out of the classroom.
Research has shown that getting closer to nature is really good for us. One way to foster a love of the outdoors is to help our pupils discover more about the birds we see in our gardens and in the school grounds.
Dan Corlett explains what the Countryside Classroom partnership has learnt in 2016 as a result of three guiding pieces of research carried out by the consortium. Importantly - what can you do in leading a movement?
Y7 pupils tackle a challenge set by a local farmer and on the way enhance their skills of research, team working and presentation. An example of collaborative working between a school, a farm and a research institute.
A garden can be a lucky dip of autumn treasures such as berries. If a quick scout around shows you are in luck then capture the moment with a temporary collage showcasing the autumn's colours and textures.
It’s that time of the year when new born lambs are springing up in fields across the country. Thanks to the National Farmers’ Union, we can find out what sheep farmers have to do all year round to care for their sheep.
Teachers and policymakers are constantly bombarded with messages from every corner of society about what children should learn and experience. Dan Corlett gives four good reasons why food, farming and the natural environment should matter to schools.
Has the Great British Bake Off given you, and your pupils, fresh motivation and new ideas for food technology activities? Find out more about the story of grain-based food from farm to mill to plate to get to grips with all things bread!