The Growing Schools initiative aims to give all children the opportunity to connect with the living environment, whether it is an inner city window box or a vast country estate, a school vegetable plot or a natural woodland. Interacting with living plants and animals provides a very rich, hands-on learning experience in which both formal and informal education can flourish.
The Growing Schools website, hosted by Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), has undergone a major upgrade to increase the range of on-line learning resources and tools for teachers to support the delivery of learning in natural environments across the national curriculum.
You can browse through a wide selection of suitable outdoor sites presenting numerous opportunities for where to stage lessons outside: from gardens, parks and local nature reserves; to woodlands, science learning centres and farms.
You can browse teaching resources arranged by key stage or subject, and can search for outdoor activities and topics such as discovering more about plants and animals, how to teach maths outside, gardening with children with special educational needs and much more ……