Learning Outside the Classroom

How to raise funds for school outdoor classrooms and shelters

How to raise funds for school outdoor classrooms and shelters

We are all aware nowadays that funding in schools is tight with budgets being ever more tightly reigned in. But schools do still require products and buildings which promote outdoor learning in the playground (especially with the growing popularity of the forest schools initiative) so how is a school supposed to fund these items when budgets are going in the opposite direction?

At the Hideout House Company, we have built up many years of experience of working successfully with schools in helping them access the necessary funds to pay for our products and services so below is a precis of how your school best goes about this.

Schools Gather At National Digital Storytelling Day

Schools Gather At National Digital Storytelling Day

Teachers from schools across the UK gathered at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire last week to mark the start of National Share-a-Story Month.

Hosted by Discovery Education on 18th April, the Digital Storytelling Day showcased the very latest tools and ideas for using ed-tech in literacy, helping teachers to nurture a love of stories in every child.

Taking advantage of Knebworth’s famous dinosaur trail, teachers took part in a prehistoric QR coded treasure hunt, and learned how the bar-code technology can be used in literacy lessons.

 

Sparks Set To Fly At Lincoln Cathedral

Sparks Set To Fly At Lincoln Cathedral

The countdown is on for this year’s three-day Spark engineering festival which is set to fire-up the imagination of young people across the region.

 

The event is taking place from 5-7 May at Lincoln Cathedral will bring engineering to life through interactive exhibits and celebrate Lincolnshire’s engineering past, present and future.

 

As part of the run-up to the event, people are being asked to tweet their favourite Lincoln-based engineer or inventor – whether it’s a historic figure, such as Frank Whittle who invented the jet engine, or someone’s friend or relative who has encouraged them to take an interest in engineering.

 

Introduce your children to wildlife this spring with the CJ Wildlife live webcams

Introduce your children to wildlife this spring with the CJ Wildlife live webcams

For the second year running, CJ Wildlife is live streaming nest box cameras from nine species on their website 24/7 to give you a bird’s eye view of what goes on inside a nest box during the breeding season.

The live webcams run 24 hours a day and let us take a very up close and personal look into the nests of Peregrine Falcons, Little Owls, Tawny Owls, Barn Owls, Storks, Herons, Swifts and Kingfishers.

 

Last year’s nest box cameras proved particularly popular with parents and teachers. Children are captivated by nature and the nest box cameras quite literally bring the nesting season to life in the classroom and allow us to follow the stories of the nesting birds, giving children a front row seat to the world hidden within the nest box.

Top training tools for school sporting needs

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Phoenix Sporting Goods (PSG) was born on the 5th May 2015, to create and distribute a range of strong, performance led brands to the grass roots, sports education and professional markets, throughout the UK and Europe. With inspirational leadership and world class customer service, PSG’s aim is to aid aspiring athletes and their coaches, from grass roots to sporting professionals, to achieve their goals, with products that will increase the accuracy of the athlete through repetition or via products that will enable the athlete to train through the winter months on their own or within a team environment.

 

Forest school outdoor learning

Forest school outdoor learning nature hut

The Hideout House Company have created a new range of outdoor classrooms and shelters to complement the forest school revolution

As the Forest Schools programme spreads to more and more UK schools and is becoming ever more popular within both rural and urban educational environments, the Hideout House Company is now offering a creative and comprehensive range of products which complement this theme. The principal theme or philosophy being to encourage and inspire individuals of any age range through an innovative and long term approach to outdoor learning in a woodland or outside environment.

Flat Stan First Aid – Essential Life Skills for Children has hit 15,000!

children learning first aid

Great News - Flat Stan First Aid has now introduced 15,000 children to basic first aid around the UK in the last year – Amazing. 

Flat Stan workshops were developed by first aid trainer Simon Ferris when he noticed there was a gap in the market to introduce and teach essential life skills to 3 -11 year olds. These life skills are now being delivered in primary schools, pre-schools, after school clubs and more, nationally by our team of fully qualified and experienced trainers. 

The 60 -75 minute workshops provide children with the skills and knowledge to recognise a variety of first aid situations, how to deal with them and summon help.

The Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier is one of the largest moveable flood barriers in the world. It protects over 125 square kilometres of London and over 375,000 properties, historic buildings including the Houses of Parliament, offices, power supplies, tube lines and hospitals to name a few.

The Environment Agency maintains and operates the Barrier as well as the capital’s other flood defences. The Barrier is also one of London’s most striking and famous landmarks. With its distinctive stainless steel piers it spans 520 metres across the Thames near Woolwich. 

Visit the Thames Barrier Information Centre, based next to the Thames Barrier in Woolwich, to view this amazing structure.

Yorkshire Water opens a new Education Facility at Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Yorkshire Water is opening the doors to a brand new Education Facility at Tophill Low Nature Reserve in May. 

The Yorkshire Water Education Team is delighted to offer primary schools free visits to the Environmental Centre, which is located at the company’s Tophill Low Nature Reserve, ahead of the official public opening in June. 

Teachers are advised to book their visit now. For more information, or to make a booking teachers should visit; www.yorkshirewater.com/educationcentres  

Schools called go dotty for vital sight-loss charity

Children across the UK invited to go dotty for charity

Schools across the nation are being called to go dotty this spring to raise money for a valuable sight-loss charity. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is asking schools up and down the UK to "Wear dots and raise lots" in support of its vital work. 

"Wear dots...raise lots" is an annual fundraiser, which will be taking place in May. It  is inspired by Louis Braille's system which features raised dots and revolutionised reading and writing for people with sight problems. 

The UK is currently home to more than two million people who are affected by sight loss, with one person beginning to lose their sight every 15 minutes. 

The Outdoor Classroom Revisited

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The multifarious benefits of outdoors learning are now generally accepted; fresh air and natural light stimulate the brain and senses, with the possibility of more flexible lessons. But a climate of reduced budgets has seen schools turning to their outside spaces to alleviate the pressures of overcrowded classrooms and there is little sign on the horizon of schools being offered any real help in addressing this problem. 

But outside classrooms are not only a solution to a problem but can be a valuable resource in their own right. Establishing an “outdoor learning hub” helps teachers shape policies and strategy for outdoor learning and encourages collaborative activity in a very natural way. 

New apprenticeship register announced to help young people "climb the ladder of opportunity"

Government announces new apprenticeship

Some of the nation's leading training providers have been highlighted in a new register published by the Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency. 

This register was created to enable people to find out more about different apprenticeships schemes and ensure they are receiving training with a top-quality provider. 

It also means that the trainers who are providing the courses tailor teaching to the needs of the apprentices and the requirements of the business they work in. 

Collaborating for innovation in edtech

Collaborating for innovation in edtech

The rise of the Multi Academy Trust offers new ways for suppliers and schools to work more closely together

The number of academies and multi academy trusts (MATs) increases on a monthly basis. At Bett Academies (16-18 March, NEC, Birmingham) the director of Assembly, a non-profit joint venture between Ark and NEON, will be talking to suppliers and MATs about the changing needs of these schools, and how collaboration will help the next wave of edtech to evolve.

 

Half of school-leavers are considering taking on an apprenticeship after school

Most employers hire someone with the right attitude and relevant work experience

Half of school students aged between 16 and 18 say they will consider an apprenticeship after leaving school, a new report claims. 

The study was commissioned by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) ahead of National Apprenticeship Week next week to find out more about what it is young people are after. 

Results from the study showed that 37% of young people wanted to start earning money straight away, while 35% wanted to get valuable work experience, and 30% wanted to learn valuable work skills as soon as possible. 

The study also revealed that two thirds of 16-30 year olds (that's eight million young Britons) think an apprenticeship could fast track their careers over going to university. 

Schools get set for splendiferous celebrations for 20th World Book Day

World Book Day celebrates 20 years of fun

Schools across the nation will be filled with excited children dressed in their best fancy dress in the ultimate homage to some of the world's greatest literary creations.

With playgrounds brimming with Willy Wonkas and Cheshire Cats, and more wizards and witches than you could wave a wand at, schools across England, Wales and Scotland are all set to go above and beyond for this year's 20th anniversary celebrations. 

World Book Day has been a staple in the school calendar for two decades and has seen children all over the country step into the worlds of some of their favourite books. 

Over the years, the event has grown and grown with schools going above and beyond to celebrate some of our best-loved characters.