Better looking, longer lasting school shelters
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Greentrees Primary School is an institution that prides itself on providing the best learning experience to their students. They aim to create a happy learning environment, where pupils are excited to come and learn every day. This encompasses so much, including providing excellent outdoor spaces. It’s hard to do that though when dealing with the British weather. Rainy days or blazing sun make it difficult for children to be allowed to be outdoors. The school looked to us for a solution, so we worked with them to find it. They chose a Maxima Tepee, something that offers just the shelter they were looking for. Having been made with waterproof material, it’s a great place for pupils to shelter from the rain on their break times. The tepee also adds a modern edge to the school’s design. It looks fantastic on the school grounds, making it very popular with everyone who uses it. To read more about the Maxima Tepee at Greentrees Primary School, click here.
At the end of the school day, parents need to come and collect their children from school. The problem is they have to do this whatever the weather. In our climate, they’re more likely to be standing in the rain than not, something that really isn’t pleasant. Beechgrove Primary School wanted to protect their parents from the weather, so they talked to us to see what could be done. They found that a Motiva Mono was just the thing to protect them. This shelter allows ample space for parents to gather underneath, so they didn’t have to get wet as they wait for the school bell to ring. The curved roof of the shelter adds a great decorative touch to the school. It makes it look more modern, making it a delight to see every afternoon. It’s certainly improved things for both pupils and parents alike. See more about Beechgrove Junior School’s curved roof canopy.
Newdigate Primary School were in the middle of an extensive renovation, and they knew needed a canopy for their playground. Having a shelter on the grounds means that children can easily go and play, no matter what the weather is like. After all, no child wants to be cooped up indoors when they could be outdoors playing. However, the school had another consideration in mind, too. They knew that they didn’t want posts under their canopy, as they wanted to make the space as safe as possible. They decided to talk to us, to see if it were possible. In fact it was, with the use of a Motiva Cantilever canopy. These canopies work by using back, front, or central upright options. This enables you to avoid posts anywhere you don’t want them. The school were able to have the posts in a safer location, so children can run and play under the canopy without any concerns. To read more about Newdigate Primary School’s cantilever canopy, click here.
Birkett House Special School aim to offer all their pupils the best learning environment possible. That includes classrooms kitted out to foster a fun learning experience, but they wanted to incorporate outdoor play more too. The problem was that if it rains, there’s no way children can enjoy their time out on the playground. They wanted to find a solution, so they got in contact with us to see what we could do. Together, we decided that a Motiva Mono canopy would be just the thing. This has an asymmetric roof design, with the high end sitting next to the roof of the school. This way, it becomes a real extension of the playground. Children can head outdoors right from the classroom and play outdoors, regardless of the rain. The school chose to have the canopy in blue, complementing the existing design of the school. This makes it fit right in, and really improve the look of the school too. To read more about the Motiva Mono at Birkett House Special School, click here.
It’s amazing how much value a canopy can add to school grounds. Their main purpose is to create shelter from the rain when you need it most, mostly when children are playing outdoors on their breaks. It’s so important to have, as it allows children to blow off steam when they need to even when the weather is wet. St. Helen’s Primary School asked us to install a canopy to give them that shelter, but they didn’t want it to stand out too much from the rest of the building. They chose a Motiva Linear canopy, as it adds a lot of shelter and looks great, too. The navy blue colour blends in with other fittings, so the canopy looks as though it was always there. As well as sheltering pupils, parents find the cover perfect to wait under at home time. It’s also a great place to store equipment, saving space indoors. See more about the Motiva Linear at St. Helen’s Primary School.
Aurora Hanley School had a problem with one of their walkways on property. It was used often for pupils to get from one area of the school to the other, but it was exposed to the elements. In the rain and snow, it wasn’t pleasant to go out there, but it had to be done. The school knew they needed to do something to make things better, so they got in touch with us. They looked at what we had to offer and decided upon a Motiva Linear canopy, to cover that walkway as students were moving around. It works well as it still has open sides, allowing for students to enjoy the outdoors even as they’re sheltered from the elements. The school decided on a slate grey colour for the canopy, ensuring that it fits in perfectly with the rest of the school. It looks great and keeps pupils dry as they go to class. Read more about the straight roof covered walkway at Aurora Hanley School.
When the weather was poor at Jack Hunt School in Peterborough, the students were forced to spend their lunch and break times inside. Fortunately for them, the school were aware of the importance of good access to outside spaces and they set out to add a cover system.
Adding outdoor shelters to the existing educational facilities would allow the school to achieve the perfect balance, which they could obtain by bringing on board A&S Landscape. With their expertise and efficient project coordination, they took responsibility for the whole process. This included the overall design, the supply, and the installation of the three proposed canopies.
There were two chosen sites for the three canopies. Two of the shelters were wall-mounted to school buildings and were from our Motiva Linear™ range. Both feature modern steelwork finished in grey and clear polycarbonate roofing. The ‘Linear’ shelter has a straight roof and has several useful applications, including covered walkways, outdoor dining rooms or classroom extensions. Its standard configuration is wall-mounted to existing buildings however, the design flexibility allows for freestanding structures too.
The second chosen site was the previously neglected courtyard. We selected the Maxima Sail™ as the third and final canopy. With a great choice of fabric colour options available for these shelters, the school opted for a sky-blue colour to fit with the surrounding environment. Finishing the posts in grey, the shade sails have become a huge focal point within the school grounds. The overall look of the outdoor canopy is inviting, warm and calming.
The students of Jack Hunt School can now enjoy a pleasant experience when they break for lunch or in between lessons. Prior to the cover solution, the students would often cram into the indoor spaces found on the school grounds, which would become stuffy, congested and far from relaxing. Now, they often spend quality time on sunny days under the sail shades enjoying the fresh air, knowing they are protected from the harmful UV rays. The canopy works seamlessly with the school colours too, and so the overall aesthetics are the perfect complement to the existing school buildings.
The linear canopies too have brought several practical benefits. They are used by students waiting for lessons, during lunchtimes, or by teachers who choose to hold their lessons in an external environment. With excellent weather protection, the fun and protected areas are available all year round. Both students and teachers are delighted with the outdoor shelters and the massive benefits they bring, the school is now the perfect environment for education!
Due to their structural variability, there are several other practical uses for linear canopies. They make naturally effective and stylish cycle shelters, with the addition of side panels, or roller shutters for optimum security. Cycle racks can be installed inside, and so bike owners can enjoy superior protection for their prized possession. When a school decides to add a cycle shelter to their grounds, it is a prime example of an educational body that is going the extra mile to care for its staff and students. With this sustainable transport option becoming far more popular, especially with the Government’s Cycle to Work Scheme, it is a worthy investment. It is always worth a chat with one of our advisors should you like to discuss optional extras and find the right product for you, so please get in touch on 01743 444100.
Jack Hunt School in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire is a specialist language and sports college. In 2004, the school successfully applied to become a ‘Leading Edge’ school, meaning that they are constantly striving to overcome challenges faced along the educational journey. Working collaboratively with several organisational partnerships, they aim to inspire, test and adapt education professional practice, with the intention of raising the standards of learning and teaching.
We were thrilled to work with such a driven school that evidently went above and beyond for their students. We thoroughly enjoyed helping to enhance the outdoor environment of their educational facilities, which could now be enjoyed even in times of inclement weather. With the extra social space and the perfect outdoor teaching environment, we think school life may just have changed for the better!
A&S Landscape offers a whole range of standard shelters, which are created to fit with the urban world. A wide variety of bright colours, grey steel frames, bespoke structures that offer flexible dimensions to fit with existing buildings, you name your requirements, we will deliver!
We also offer canopies that are more suited to natural settings. Perfect for a woodland environment, or for any outdoor area that needs a touch of nature, our comprehensive range of timber canopies are an amazing fixed shelter option. Sustainably sourced timber of the highest quality, that is both durable and long-lasting, these outdoor structures have gained immense shelter value in the market.
With both straight and curved roof options, and colour choices with the polycarbonate roof, the design flexibility lets you achieve your perfect canopy solution. There are multiple uses of our timber canopies including playground shelters, forest schools and nature reserves. They also offer an excellent learning environment, with many teachers opting for outdoor education as a healthy alternative to learning within the classroom. They truly are a beautiful addition, enhancing any natural environment, even within urban spaces.
In the 44 years, we have operated as a family firm, we have stuck to our core values we developed all those years ago. We have installed countless shelters for primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities, with each canopy project adding an essential piece to the outdoor environment. We have completed projects that create space for outdoor play, or for the development of a covered teaching area, all with the aim to enhance education facilities.
Asides from the development of shade structures for the education sector, we have worked with businesses too, including commercial sites, public attractions and garden centres. Every time we complete a project, we know that the final canopy installed is a wonderful addition to the chosen settings.
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. They also provide additional outdoor teaching space, allowing teaching to be extended into the playground whatever the weather. A covered teaching area, providing all-weather protection is just one of the many benefits of waterproof shelters for schools.
Find out more about the benefits of taking early years classes outdoors
Matt Robinson (United Kingdom, Learning through Landscapes):
I know when I’m outdoors how relaxing and engaging and good it is for me in health and mental well-being, and I also know that I learn about the world around me. So I see that in children. I know when I take them out, that they often behave differently and they see much more about the world, and they understand how complicated and interrelated it is.
Søren Emil Markeprand (Denmark, Stockholmsgave):
For me, outdoor education is one of the most important things in the world. I think the outdoor environment for children is the best to develop and to learn in.
There are lots of activities like that, that just get children looking and listening instead of just walking past.
We’ve got lots and lots and little games and collections just get children thinking about where they’re going, what they’re looking at, and things like that.
Trine Andreasen (Denmark, Stockholmsgave):
It gives them a sense of being out in the nature. It gives them the opportunity to explore and to develop their own body. It keeps them the space to try different things.
Ruth Staples-Rolfe (United Kingdom, Learning through Landscapes):
Good access to outdoor learning and play is essential in the informative years. From my perspective, outdoor learning is when a child has quality time that’s led by the amount of time that they want to spend outdoors, both having adult-led and child-led, but predominantly child-led activity for children who are under six.
Gordon MacLean (United Kingdom, Learning through Landscapes):
For me, one of the simplest reasons I just love being in the outdoors and I hate spending all day inside. So if I can go outside to work and to help children learn, then for me, that’s a massive benefit already.
I don’t think it’s that expensive. You can use cheap materials, recycled materials, or you can just be outside in a park or forest and use what you have.
It’s really important that children feel that they have ownership of the space, that they’re part of something that is theirs, but at the same time, we as adults do have an influence. We have an influence over where we take them, we have an influence over what the boundaries are that those children have, we have an influence over whether we introduce other materials to those outside spaces.
The challenge is this: each person is going to find two leaves that match identically; absolutely the same.
Kairi Kondimäe (Estonia, Rukkilille Kindergarten):
Children love to be outside. They are much healthier outside. They’re much happier outside because there is much more space for running around, there is so much to do outside. But I don’t think there’s any more risk being outside than being inside or being on a playground. The auroral is that you are prepared and you teach the children how to act according to the different environments that they’re joining.
There’s a huge amount of discovery and just wonder. The size of the trees, the smoothness of the stones, the feeling of rushing water between your fingers, mud slipping between your toes; all of these things can just push the emotions of an individual.
Sometimes it’s easy to think this is fun, this is just good time. Actually, one of the things I think we need to be better at doing is saying, “No, there’s really deep learning going on here.” If I can evaluate what the children are doing and evidence that, just like I would indoors, then that adds to the reasons for being outside, but it also allows me as an educator to have insight about what worked and what didn’t work, and how my behaviors or the children’s behaviors could alter to improve that learning experience.
Kadri Käosaar (Estonia, Rukkilille Kindergarten):
If you won’t let them try those things, they don’t know the risks. We need to show them that fire is hot, there’s a risk, so that they know the rule that I can’t put my fingers into the fire. If they put their finger inside, they can feel the pain, so they know the risk by themselves and they’re learning.
How that feels and how they respond to it, and they become much more resilient at taking on risks and managing risks, and bouncing back when things don’t go right and there’s failure.
I think first we have to be role models for them, because they’re kids. If we show them what to do, how to do and when to do something, off the bat, they’re going to do it by themselves. They’re going to learn; they’re going to explore and discover.
When I go outside, children can be really physical and they can be really creative and imaginative. They can use things in a way that we wouldn’t have planned. They can make noise and they can run at high speed. It’s much more child-led and much more enjoyable for them.
You have to give the opportunity to be outside to get the calmness of your mind, to experience the presence of being in the nature and use all your senses.
Everything is definitely as new as interesting. We go over uneven terrain, we’re looking at natural materials that all have different sensory input. It just captures the motivation, the imagination, and just the whole heart of the child.
We have this vision that we want children all over Europe to get outside and have all the benefits of the outdoor environment. So, that’s why we have the project.
The ‘Take Me Out’ project, I think it benefits me in a number of ways. It’s given me confidence with my own practice. It’s given me the ability to go out there and know that I’m not alone, and that other people are going through the same sort of day-to-day ups and downs in their settings. But at the same time, that I am doing some good outdoor stuff. I really enjoy being outdoors, and I know what my core values are and why I’m doing it. I know why I’m here.
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