Outdoor Classroom Canopy at Ludlow Infant School Shropshire
It was a real pleasure adding this outdoor classroom canopy in Ludlow, Shropshire.
Schools catering for younger children including Infant Schools, Playgroups and Nurseries, often require an outdoor covered play area to ensure free flow play is possible in all weathers. With larger class sizes and increasing numbers, many schools welcome the addition of an outdoor classroom allowing teaching to be extended into the playground whatever the weather. Each canopy provides practical benefits and a covered teaching area – providing all-weather protection – is just one of the many benefits of waterproof canopies for schools.
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Dr. Toby Quibell (Wilderness Schooling):
My name is Toby Quibell, I’m a school teacher and an innovator. This is Wilderness Schooling. This is a great way to bring fullness of education experience to children. We all know about the attainment gap in classrooms. This program of Math, Science, and English outdoors is a great way to bring both color and attainment back into education.
What’s the best thing about these classes?
We go outside, we do treasure hunts and we play different games.
Wilderness Schooling is designed with great care, and our skilled practitioners bring the curriculum alive, wrapped up in the children’s experience.
We do stories outside, like we just did with Anita.
But you know, it wasn’t a ghost, it was the magic of the forest. She was like, “I must be asleep, I can’t believe this!”
The grass and the woods make your ideas. But in the classroom, once you’ve seen it once and then twice, for five weeks, you don’t get any ideas. There is so much fun.
Just tell me the best thing about coming here.
It’s fun because I get to do a lot of adventuring things.
It is fun, of course. The children clearly love being outside working with these wonderful practitioners in a beautiful place. But the genius of Wilderness Schooling is the way the fun is the vehicle for learning.
Cartin John (Children North East):
There’s less pressure. It’s not so stale as it were, and it’s all very real. So when we’re doing things like talking about story settings, they’re making that setting, rather than just sitting at a desk and trying to pluck up this idea. Well, it’s there in front of them and they’re a part of it physically.
Jay Latimer (Teacher, Westgate Hill Primer):
The focus on it is Math, English and Science. But instead of the children just being in a classroom, we’re taking that learning outdoors. We probably have to maybe show-off that at the end of the year, but the children are using higher-level language within the writing. Some of them are maybe able to stand up and perform and present in front of the class. So it’s really lovely to give them the opportunity to experience what maybe they haven’t experienced before.
Dr. Toby Quibell:
So we’ve seen some amazing results in children’s attainment of Math, Science and English back in the classroom as a result of Wilderness schooling. We have developed a number of ways in which the school can become involved with what we do. So I would invite you to get in touch to see how we could make this happen in your school.
Wright Robinson College
School canopies are used for all sorts of reasons, mainly to provide cover from the rain when pupils are enjoying their break times. However, Whitecross High School found they needed one for a slightly different reason. After a period of growth at the school, they realised they needed more space and lunchtimes. As it stood, there wasn’t enough space for all pupils to eat lunch in the same dining room. They decided the way to solve the problem was to install an outdoor canopy. They chose a bespoke canopy that covers a wide space on their grounds, where they could place benches and tables. It’s a solution that’s proved popular with students, as now they can take their lunch outside and enjoy the great outdoors as they eat. Even if it’s raining, they’re protected from the rain by the canopy. Outdoor canopies for schools have so many uses, but this really is something different. See more about this dining area shelter we designed for Whitecross High School.
The team at the Dean Trust Ardwick School was looking for ways for their students to spend more time outdoors. They liked to socialise and spend time out there on their breaks, but if it was raining then it wasn’t possible. The team recognised the need for them to be able to go outdoors and relax, so they looked for a solution. After speaking to us, they saw that outdoor canopies for schools were the solution. They settled on a straight roof canopy, that created a lot of covered space outdoors for the students to use. They’re now able to use the school canopies to enjoy the great outdoors, no matter what the weather is like. An added bonus is that the canopies perfectly complement the modern style of the school buildings themselves. The canopies have proved to be a popular solution, and now everyone can use the grounds on their breaks without worrying about being caught in the rain. To learn more about the straight roof shelters we added at Dean Trust Ardwick School, click here.
In a school of any size, you have an issue of being able to get around the school itself. Even in primary schools, where children stick to the same classrooms, they still have to move around and in many schools, there doesn’t seem to be enough room. When Morpeth First School looked into school canopies, they were looking to make their outdoor spaces more useable. There is lots of outdoor space and playgrounds, but if the weather is bad children are forced to stay indoors. To stop this happening, they installed a smart-looking Motiva Linear canopy around the edge of the school building. It stops the rain, and even allows sunlight through while blocking UV rays. What’s even better is outdoor canopies for schools like this make moving around the school even easier. They open up outdoor routes, so pupils can go on break and come back without getting wet. When children need to take their breaks, nothing could be better. Click here to see more about the straight roof canopy we installed at Morpeth First School.
There’s so much to think about when the numbers of pupils increase at a school. You need to have enough teachers for them all, enough classrooms, and more resources available to them. You also need to think about the space they have outside of lessons, too. That’s what Abbey Grange Church Of England School found when they got an influx of new pupils. Their queuing space for the dining hall needed to be looked at, as it became essential to save space in the dining hall. However, they didn’t want pupils to be queuing up in the rain. That’s why they started looking into school canopies. They contacted us, and we were able to install a Motiva Linear canopy over the area. It’s a small change to the school as a whole, but one that makes all the difference. Thanks to the outdoor canopies for schools available, now pupils can stay dry as they wait to get their lunch. To find out more about the straight roof shelter we fitted at Abbey Grange C of E Academy, click here.
The team at Castlefort JMI Primary School have really added to the look and feel of their school by adding school canopies to the building. When they got in touch with us, they were looking for something that would fit in with the rest of the building and the grounds as a whole. They decided on a Movita Mono, as they offer great shelter and are designed to fit right against an existing building. The school knows how important the children’s breaks are, and so these canopies allow them the chance to get outside no matter what. These outdoor canopies for schools are giving pupils the chance to enjoy the great outdoors, without having to worry about wet weather. What’s also great about the canopies is the fact that because they’re against the building, they’re the perfect place for children to line up when they’re ready to come back into the building after breaks. No more waiting in the rain to get inside. See more details about the curved roof canopy we installed at Castlefort JMI Primary School.
There are so many opportunities for learning outdoors. If a school can find the space, they can bring in sand and water play, gardens, areas to run, and so much more. It really only is restrained by your imagination and the weather. Many British teachers would like to do more outdoor work, but they’re stopped by wet weather. Ludlow Primary School wanted to do more outdoors, so they asked our team for a solution. We installed a Motiva Monocanopy, after considering several different school canopies for them. This has gone down a storm with both teachers and students. Now, they have so much outdoor space that they can use all year round. Having that canopy has allowed them to expand their classrooms and really bring a new dimension to learning.It’s clear that outdoor canopies for schools really make a difference, as this school is living proof of that. Now, the pupils can spend as much time outdoors as they want. To see more about the playground canopy we designed for Ludlow Primary School, click here.
The Perse School in Cambridge is one of the UK’s leading Independent Co-educational school for boys and girls aged 3-18. With an already magnificent campus and identifying as a school that commits to all-round development of its pupils, the school saw the value in developing their outdoor spaces. The site had recently added a newly paved area. The overall aesthetics were great, but it was an unfinished project. They knew to complete this area a school canopy would be their best choice.
Before installation, they needed to know that it would complement the school colours, would provide an efficient shelter for the children, and could be installed without damaging the paving stones. They knew they needed a company with extensive expertise, and that’s when they brought in A&S Landscape. With all of the necessary requirements in consideration, A&S Landscape quickly and efficiently started work on the chosen area.
The school canopy that would accommodate all of the school’s needs was none other than the made to measure Maxima StarSail™. A combination of a shade sail and umbrella design, this a wholly unique feature in any place it is situated. This canopy also boasts the longest guarantee on the market, is available in a wide range of colours and the resistant canopy structure offers some of the best weather protection. It is clear to see why this is a popular choice for schools.
To ensure the paving was preserved, A&S Landscape used a small crane to lift in the shade sails. This cut the installation time to just one day, a bonus for everyone. Paving preserved, the new shade solution stood proudly in place at the school.
Needless to say, the school were extremely pleased with their new outdoor eating plaza. With their top-notch educational facilitates, the learning environment has only improved since the creation of an ideal shelter to eat outside. It’s a pleasant place to socialise with friends, as the students have been thoroughly enjoying since its installation.
Not only that, the canopies have provided the ideal learning space for outdoor education. Teachers are happy that they are able to take the children outdoors for fresh air which stimulates learning, focus and concentration. This is one of the biggest advantages to a school canopy, you are able to create the extra space you need for teaching, dining and other school activities.
“At The Perse School, our values shape what we do and how we do it. Alongside endeavour and scholarship, we promote balance, well-being and perspective.” In this short self-statement, The Perse School describe their commitment to providing a second-to-none education experience, and the holistic approach they adhere to. Located in the beautiful town of Cambridge, this school is regularly featured in the top 25 schools nationally, something they are very proud of.
Working with The Perse School was a fantastic experience. The project presented challenges, we had to ensure that the new paved area was not damaged during the installation, but with the helpful nature of the school, this challenge was easily overcome. We had a particular fondness to this school due to their commitment to the personal development for each and every student and this was clear to see in all members of staff whom we worked with.
Investing in a school canopy can bring countless benefits to both pupils and teachers. Whatever your requirement, a canopy brings great value, flexibility to your design and a truly stylish solution. Here are just some of the reasons why a school canopy is a worthwhile investment.
When parents leave their children at the school gates, above every other worry, they want to ensure they are in safe hands. While we don’t want to wrap our children in cotton wool, we want to ensure that avoidable harm is avoided. An efficient shelter keeps the ground dry reducing the risk of slipping. As kids are rarely put off by the weather when it comes to running around, they can do this quite safely underneath the covered area.
Outside play is available all year round
Parents will be thankful that their children can spend time outside, as this is beneficial to their development, they’ll also be pleased for the tiring out of kids who have boundless energy! An outside covered area can also double as a waiting area for parents too. But the applications of a school canopy doesn’t end there, it could also be used as a play area, dining area or a teaching area, whatever your requirements are, an outdoor canopy is a flexible solution to your needs.
High-quality protection from the weather
All canopies by A&S Landscape are designed to withstand the full force of the British weather. The full potential of your outdoor canopy is defined by this very feature, without an effective shelter, the canopy would have no value. A&S Landscape can guarantee to design you a canopy that is built with robust, durable materials, like our Motiva Bespoke Canopy, which is predominantly used for entrance canopies, or the covered MUGA, which is a covered sports ground. Whatever shelter you would like, you can be assured that the final product will be long-lasting and provide maximum protection.
A&S Landscape has been covering school grounds across the UK for 44 years. With a predominant amount of our work taking place within an education setting, we have developed highly sought-after expertise in the sector. We can help through the whole process and will always ensure you are presented with all the options available to you before you make a decision.
Our friendly, reliable and personal service is what sets us aside from our competitors. We won’t just offer you a predesigned canopy, we will take the time to explore your options with you, to ensure you are happy with the end result. With a whole host of varieties to choose from – canopies with side panels, fabric shelters, curved roof variants – we know how important your canopy project is to you, and for the children it will benefit.
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