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NEWS: Insights from the School Farms Conference

Wednesday 24 July 2019

The recent conference showcased the many benefits of school farms

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RESEARCH: How pupils view learning outside

Wednesday 24 July 2019

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

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RESEARCH: 100 Edible Playgrounds and what they've achieved

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Read how they support schools and how to get the best from them

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NEWS: Welsh winners

Wednesday 10 July 2019

A national farming competition to bring teenagers closer to farming and how their food is produced has been won by Ysgol Henry Richard

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HOW TO: Bring the outdoors indoors

Wednesday 3 July 2019

A thought-provoking piece from a British teacher now living in California and recently certified as a Green Classroom Professional

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EVENTS: London market days 4-11 July

Wednesday 26 June 2019

School Food Matters has a whole series of market days around London in July

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RESEARCH: Playtime matters

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Minimum time for outdoor play at school is key to improving children’s mental health

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RESOURCES: Healthy Eating Week starts here

Monday 10 June 2019

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

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NEWS: RHET celebrates 20 years

Wednesday 5 June 2019

The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) is marking its 20th anniversary with a charity tractor tour of Scotland

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NEWS: It's Market Monday!

Monday 3 June 2019

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

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RESOURCES: Beef and dairy cattle

Wednesday 29 May 2019

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.

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RESOURCES: 30 Days Wild

Tuesday 21 May 2019

The Wildlife Trusts’ annual nature challenge is back for its 5th year and it’s wilder than ever!

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RESOURCES: Farming Fortnight 3-14 June

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Celebrate Market Monday, Tractor Tuesday, Woolly Wednesday and more! Focus on British farming and food production with two-weeks worth of new resources from LEAF Education, tailored to all ages

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SCHOOL STORY: Leeks from soil to soup bowl

Tuesday 7 May 2019

Children from Symondsbury Primary School’s gardening club took their green fingers to the kitchen during a visit to the Discover Farming classroom at Washingpool Farm

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COMPETITION: CLOtC Schools Prize Draw

Wednesday 1 May 2019

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

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CASE STUDY: Green gains

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Research indicates that the use of green space or green exercising improves health. See how they achieve it at Yorkshire Arboretum

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RESEARCH: Benefits of Forest School

Wednesday 17 April 2019

'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

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HOW TO: Start a school farm

Wednesday 10 April 2019

A five-point plan to creating and maintaining a successful school farm, from an experienced school farmer in Kent

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NEWS: LTL developments

Wednesday 3 April 2019

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

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PROGRAMME: Chefs Back to School

Wednesday 27 March 2019

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

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NEWS: Lost Words widely shared

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Trees for Cities launched their Lost Words campaign on World Book Day (Mar 7) and are now poised to send copies to nearly 2000 London primary schools

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CASE STUDY: Breaking the Fast

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Focusing on the value of breakfast, Newbury and District Agricultural Society's school-based workshops embrace cooking, physical activity, farming and gardening

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RESOURCES: Lambing time

Wednesday 6 March 2019

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

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NEWS: Bayer-LEAF Education Awards

Wednesday 20 February 2019

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

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RESOURCE: FaceTime a Farmer

Wednesday 13 February 2019

How a Merseyside secondary school hooked up with a Devon poultry farmer, and what they found out about each other

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COMPETITION: Game with a modern twist

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Create a unique game recipe that looks and tastes delicious, is seasonal, local and quick to cook. Entries close 1st March

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VOLUNTEER VACANCY: Trustee for The Country Trust

Friday 8 February 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

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RESOURCES: Seeds and grains

Wednesday 6 February 2019

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.

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NEWS: Congratulations to Teaching Trees

Wednesday 30 January 2019

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.

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COMPETITIONS: Innovative challenge for teenagers - deadline extended

Wednesday 23 January 2019

Schools from across the UK are being invited to take part in a national food, farming and environment competition aimed at opening young people’s eyes to the world of farming and food production

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IDEAS: Winter gardening activities

Wednesday 23 January 2019

If you're looking for inspiration, check out these three great indoor activities from Garden Organic's Food Growing Schools: London project

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The Prince's Countryside Fund supports land-based training

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Two projects providing training for young people interested in a rural career are among recent recipients of gramts from The Prince's Countryside Fund

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RHS support for community gardening

Tuesday 8 January 2019

Receive expert advice and up to £500 for your community gardening project. Applications now open

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Youth attitudes to sustainability

Wednesday 19 December 2018

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

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New guidance for school visits

Wednesday 12 December 2018

The Department for Education (DfE) has published new guidance for health and safety on educational visits

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Farmvention on the road

Wednesday 5 December 2018

NFU Education have been spreading the word on food and farming, and their current primary school competition, during an action-packed visit to a school in Leeds

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Have your say!

Wednesday 28 November 2018

The DEFRA consultation into England's National Parks and AONB's is open until 18th December. Submit your views on their role and management, and what makes them special

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Sensory stories

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Sensory stories are an amazing resource which enable children and adults for whom traditional story-telling methods are inaccessible to access and enjoy narratives alongside their peers

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Help restore our lost words

Thursday 15 November 2018

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

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Food and Farming Inside and Outside the Classroom

Wednesday 14 November 2018

The Food and Farming Inside and Outside the Classroom programme provides an opportunity for trainee teachers to update their own understanding of modern farming on a variety of different farms.

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Seasonal resources

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Ten top resources for November/December based around seasonality and, of course, Christmas

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Talking farming to teenagers

Thursday 1 November 2018

How do 12-18 year olds view food and farming? Find out with LEAF Education's pioneering research

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Not just for Halloween

Wednesday 24 October 2018

There's more to pumpkins than making Halloween lanterns, fun though they are. Use them for cookery, craft, maths, science and more

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​Get ready for Outdoor Classroom Day!

Friday 19 October 2018

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.

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Wool Week

Wednesday 10 October 2018

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

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Get the bug

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Bugs, mini-beasts, creepy crawlies, invertebrates, whatever you call them, autumn is the ideal time to investigate their small world, learn their life stories, and find out how to encourage them

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Seeds galore!

Wednesday 26 September 2018

The Seed Gathering Season has just begun so there's plenty of time to join in by collecting local seeds, fruits and nuts and growing the trees of the future.

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More chefs Adopt a School

Wednesday 19 September 2018

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

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Embedding outdoor learning

Wednesday 12 September 2018

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

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

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Sustainability resources

Wednesday 18 July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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Find a food ambassador

Wednesday 27 June 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Seasonal selection

Monday 30 April 2018

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

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

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

New adventure trial and improved wildlife area now open for exploration

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International Carrot Day

Tuesday 3 April 2018

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

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

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

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Brogdale branches out

Wednesday 14 March 2018

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

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

How school-farm experience inspired a life-long career

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Welcome to Fun Kitchen!

Thursday 8 February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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FaceTime a Farmer

Friday 5 January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is winter really so bleak?

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What's the weather doing today?

Friday 2 December 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does comedy tell us about learning outside the classroom?

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Farm visit Q&A

Friday 25 September 2015

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

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

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

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

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Polli:Nation schools programme

Tuesday 25 August 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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