Countryside Classroom In Action

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More chefs Adopt a School

Wednesday 19 September 2018 12:00am

The Royal Academy of Culinary Art's 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

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Embedding outdoor learning

Wednesday 12 September 2018 12:00am

Starting this term, Learning With Nature will be working with St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Nympsfield, Gloucestershire, to embed outdoor learning into their school curriculum.

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Seasonal selection

Sunday 9 September 2018 12:00am

Ten top resources for September/October on the theme of harvest

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Sustainability resources

Wednesday 18 July 2018 12:00am

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

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Holiday competition

Wednesday 18 July 2018 12:00am

Encourage your students (14-17) to connect with nature and get creative with Earthwatch’s environmental short film competition

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Building confidence in outdoor learning

Wednesday 11 July 2018 12:00am

Grow to School are helping more teachers develop their outdoor learning skills, with benefits to all involved

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Bees' Needs Week 9-15 Jul

Monday 9 July 2018 12:00am

Co-ordinated by Defra, and supported by several Countryside Classroom partners, the week aims to encourage everyone to help our valuable insect pollinators. We also have resources to help

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Seasonal resources

Wednesday 4 July 2018 12:00am

Our summertime selection focuses on watery locations, and activities for holiday clubs

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Find a food ambassador

Wednesday 27 June 2018 12:00am

Food Education is not always well understood by senior leadership teams. One way to raise the profile of the subject and show its value is to work with a Food Ambassador

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LEAF Education is born

Wednesday 20 June 2018 12:00am

FACE, well known for supporting teachers and farmers to help young people experience our wonderful countryside, has now merged with LEAF. How does this benefit you as a teacher?

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RHS I Can Grow

Tuesday 12 June 2018 12:00am

I Can Grow is a new, exciting project from the RHS offering young people the chance to discover the power of plants and their benefits to them, the community and the wider world

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Support for healthy eating

Wednesday 6 June 2018 12:00am

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

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Newbury Challenge 2018

Wednesday 30 May 2018 12:00am

Nine schools and colleges entered teams in the 2018 Agricultural Challenge for Special Education hosted by The Newbury and District Agricultural Society at the end of April

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Visit a show!

Wednesday 23 May 2018 12:00am

Many events hosted by agricultural societies around the country have special provision for schools, children and learning, ensuring there is always plenty to do and see

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Royal seal of approval

Wednesday 16 May 2018 12:00am

Saturday 19th sees the wedding of the year, and The Wilderness Foundation has more to celebrate than most

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Advice and resources for farm visits

Tuesday 8 May 2018 12:00am

Make the most of your Open Farm School Day with our advice and resources

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Seasonal selection

Monday 30 April 2018 12:00am

Ten top resources for May and June, with a focus on biodiversity, habitats and wildlife

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Award for FTC founder

Tuesday 24 April 2018 12:00am

Congratulations to Louise Davies, founder of the Food Teachers Centre, who received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Design and Technology from the D&T Association in March

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The Country Trust at 40

Tuesday 17 April 2018 12:00am

This year sees The Country Trust celebrate 40 years of helping children with limited opportunities experience food, farming and the countryside

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New trail at Skelton Grange

Tuesday 10 April 2018 12:00am

New adventure trial and improved wildlife area now open for exploration

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International Carrot Day

Tuesday 3 April 2018 12:00am

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

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London schools grow their own business

Wednesday 28 March 2018 12:00am

Garden Organic celebrate their 60th anniversary this year. Here's just one of their current projects

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Local School Nature Grants open!

Wednesday 21 March 2018 12:00am

Apply now for a chance to receive £500-worth of nature equipment

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Brogdale branches out

Wednesday 14 March 2018 12:00am

Brogdale Collections is famous worldwide for their 150-acre fruit collection, but their education department is working in some less expected areas too

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Seasonal selection

Tuesday 6 March 2018 11:59pm

Ten top resources for March and April, reflecting spring lambing and the start of the growing season

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How my school farm inspired me

Thursday 8 February 2018 12:36pm

How school-farm experience inspired a life-long career

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Welcome to Fun Kitchen!

Thursday 8 February 2018 12:35pm

Fab, fun, food education is what Fun Kitchen are all about and they've recently been welcomed as a new Countryside Classroom Partner

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Helping pollinators

Thursday 8 February 2018 12:15pm

Polli:Nation aims to engage children and young people in learning about and helping pollinating insects

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Food, farming and nature at Sacrewell

Thursday 8 February 2018 12:00pm

Primary school children are enjoying a new residential offer at Sacrewell, near Peterborough

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UK Agriculture and social care

Friday 5 January 2018 3:05pm

A recent report shows the value of care farming both to the community and the farms that provide it

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Reduce, reuse, recycle

Friday 5 January 2018 2:20pm

Teaching about sustainability is an important strand in all three Countryside Classroom themes

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FaceTime a farmer

Friday 5 January 2018 2:15pm

Are you looking for exciting new ways to engage your students directly with the world of farming? Then the new FaceTime/Skype a Farmer initiative from LEAF and FACE could be for you

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Discover organic farming and wildlife

Friday 5 January 2018 2:05pm

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

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Fang-tastic beasts

Friday 5 January 2018 2:00pm

Writtle University College recently held a special event for Year 10 and 11 students thinking about taking an Animal Studies course

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LOtC Awards

Friday 5 January 2018 1:00pm

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

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STEAM-Ed Vegetables: farming as a canvas for all learning

Friday 21 July 2017 12:00am

Farming at the Festival of Education 2017 - ideas on how to use farming to create inspiring and integrated STEAM learning in primary and secondary schools.

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Remarkable Rivers

Tuesday 4 April 2017 10:34am

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.

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Use your senses

Tuesday 21 March 2017 3:41pm

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.

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Farming fun in the school holidays

Monday 6 March 2017 11:03am

Farm visits can take place throughout the year, not just in term time and The Country Trust have a new initiative to engage pupils in all the fun of the farm during School Holidays.

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Birdwatching at school

Tuesday 14 February 2017 9:14am

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.

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What has 2016 taught us?

Monday 19 December 2016 4:21pm

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?

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In the bleak mid-winter

Friday 16 December 2016 2:45pm

Is winter really so bleak?

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What's the weather doing today?

Friday 2 December 2016 9:38am

Whatever the time of year, weather is a popular topic that can fit into a wide variety of curriculum areas.

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"The chicken and the egg": New Research from Countryside Classroom

Tuesday 15 November 2016 3:56pm

New research on teachers' views and educational practice around food, farming and the natural environment

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How can I use farming topics in the classroom?

Thursday 10 November 2016 10:51am

Food and the natural environment are popular topics in the classroom but how can teachers incorporate the subject of farming that ties these two things together?

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Celebrate harvest

Tuesday 4 October 2016 9:39am

What's harvest all about? Use resources on Countryside Classroom to investigate and celebrate this special time of year.

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Countryside Classroom is celebrating its first birthday!

Friday 30 September 2016 11:36am

Countryside Classroom is one year old. Help us to celebrate by using some of our exciting content!

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These pupils aren't sluggish!

Wednesday 14 September 2016 1:29pm

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.

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Display autumn colours | competition giveaway!

Friday 26 August 2016 11:11am

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.

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A visit from a mobile farm

Thursday 14 July 2016 3:09pm

Find out what happens when your playground is transformed into a farm yard with a visit from a mobile farm.

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Get set for Healthy Eating Week 2016

Thursday 9 June 2016 11:39am

The best healthy eating resources for Healthy Eating Week 2016, 13-17 June.

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Talking about Open Farm Sunday in the classroom

Thursday 2 June 2016 4:37pm

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit a farm this weekend. If your pupils have been inspired by a farm visit, build on their experience with these resources and activities.

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Why are farms open on Sunday?

Thursday 2 June 2016 3:47pm

Sunday 5th June is Open Farm Sunday, an annual event where farms all over the country welcome the public onto their land to find out more about farming. Frances Harris looks at why they do it.

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Tis the season for a field trip

Friday 8 April 2016 12:10pm

All the signs are pointing towards spring - the best season for outdoor learning is around the corner

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Using Why Farming Matters in the primary curriculum

Friday 1 April 2016 2:33pm

Video case study to demonstrate how the Why Farming Matters Primary Education Pack can be used across the school curriculum.

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It's lambing time!

Thursday 24 March 2016 11:40am

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.

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There's no such thing as bad weather!

Thursday 24 March 2016 11:31am

Grow to School have been working with St Thomas Primary School to integrate outdoor learning across the curriculum. Now, the head says, staff and pupils expect to learn outside.

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Natural Connections - Sneak Preview

Friday 11 March 2016 6:05pm

The evidence is clear – getting children outdoors is fantastic for their health, wellbeing and learning and can set them on a pathway to happy, healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

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Maths + Farm = Learning

Friday 11 March 2016 5:54pm

Find out how Deer Park Farm rose to the challenge of planning a whole day of maths activities for Key Stage 3 pupils.

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International School Meals Day 2016

Tuesday 1 March 2016 7:33pm

Thursday 3 March is a big day across the world, as it marks the fourth annual International School Meals Day.

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Three ways to teach sustainability

Thursday 18 February 2016 5:55pm

Sustainability is a challenging but exciting topic to cover in the classroom. Here are three ways to teach sustainability this year.

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28 days to send us your Passports

Tuesday 26 January 2016 2:16pm

Help your class to collect their final Countryside Classroom Passport points by including Passport challenges in core subject lessons.

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Mission Breakfast

Monday 25 January 2016 10:33am

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to eat a healthy breakfast every day this week. Here's how.

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Darwin for a Day

Wednesday 9 December 2015 5:18pm

Teaching adaptation and evolution in KS2 Science? Rather than just learning about Darwin, give young visitors the chance to experience a little slice of life through his eyes.

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Reconnecting children with nature

Wednesday 25 November 2015 12:00pm

Encounters with farms, nature reserves and the countryside help to reconnect children to nature and the land. Rob Macklin explains why that matters to The National Trust.

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Natural memories

Monday 9 November 2015 2:47pm

Examine how a visit to the Yorkshire Arboretum generates many more meaningful experiences and memories than planned.

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Create your own Countryside Classroom

Friday 30 October 2015 1:24pm

A DIY guide to bringing Countryside Classroom to life with hands on activities from local experts.

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Bad Education

Friday 25 September 2015 4:34pm

What does comedy tell us about learning outside the classroom?

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Farm visit Q&A

Friday 25 September 2015 4:28pm

Farmer Jo Nelstrop answers our questions on what to expect from your farm visit.

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Welcome to Countryside Classroom

Friday 25 September 2015 4:24pm

Lord Curry first brought together the partners behind Countryside Classroom in 2012 and looks back at progress so far.

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Dear Mr Gibb

Monday 21 September 2015 2:25pm

16 year old Georgia Locock believes all young people should learn about the natural environment in school. She makes her case to the Minister for Schools, Nick Gibb.

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Colourful autumn

Friday 11 September 2015 1:52pm

Top tips for introducing children to woodland with an autumn walk.

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British Food Fortnight 2015

Saturday 5 September 2015 4:19pm

Get involved with British Food Fortnight from 19th September – 4th October 2015.

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Polli:Nation schools programme

Tuesday 25 August 2015 11:21am

The Polli:Nation project, developed by Learning through Landscapes, will support schools in helping to protect the future of our seriously dwindling bee population.

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Please be positive - six ways to discover British food with kids

Wednesday 19 August 2015 2:27pm

British food has come of age in the last ten years - it is cause for celebration not commiseration, and what better time to do so than during British Food Fortnight?

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Spotting nature in your school grounds

Thursday 30 July 2015 3:18pm

School grounds are a perfect place to observe nature, and also a perfect place to help it along a little.

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Why, why, why, why, why?

Wednesday 24 June 2015 11:26am

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.

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Seven steps to recipe success

Monday 22 June 2015 12:28pm

Creating a recipe of their own is a great way to get children involved in cooking, but where to start? Award winning chef Idris Caldora takes us through the process of creating a recipe from scratch.

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Catching character outdoors

Monday 22 June 2015 12:09pm

Find out how experiences of learning outside the classroom are particularly well suited to developing character traits such as curiosity and resilience in your students.

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Chef on the Farm

Monday 22 June 2015 11:59am

Two Countryside Classroom partners, Farming & Countryside Education and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Chefs Adopt a School Trust bring 'farm to fork' alive in the Chef on the Farm project.

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Make memorable experiences

Monday 22 June 2015 11:44am

What do you remember from your time in school? Just a few days here and there? Make more of your pupils' school days memorable by taking a trip outdoors.

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Five ways to follow up a lambing visit

Thursday 18 June 2015 10:33am

Five handy suggestions to capitalise on the lingering excitement of your visit with these follow-up activities for the classroom.

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Knead to Know - inspire tomorrow’s bakers

Thursday 18 June 2015 10:23am

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!

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“It’s about more than the curriculum and it’s certainly more than just another school trip.”

Thursday 18 June 2015 10:18am

Offer children more than testing and targets by introducing them to experiences that inform and inspire them about the natural environment and where their food comes from.

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Year-round inspiration from the calendar

Thursday 18 June 2015 10:09am

The calendar is full of special days and weeks which can be a focus for a wide variety of curriculum related activities. Use Countryside Classroom to help find resources to bring the seasons to life.

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Four steps to Food Enlightenment

Wednesday 17 June 2015 5:20pm

Four measures that, given a free hand, Bill Graham would introduce to reignite children's relationship with where their food comes from to improve the lives of future generations.

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