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!