School Grounds

School Grounds

Quite literally a playground for ideas. A school’s grounds are a fantastic environment in which to let imagination run wild. What sort of space could be created? Might there be a garden for every year group or school subject? Can we install a wind turbine? Perhaps a car park could be given over to a bicycle and scooter park. A school might create some Forest Schools space, an outdoor classroom or even a mini farm. The learning opportunities are endless; think about the knowledge to be gained about the properties of materials, the conditions needed to grow food and the changing of the seasons. Practical skills can be nurtured: digging, building, fixing, tying. Children may also develop their communication and negotiation skills to perhaps persuade their head teacher to allow a roof garden!

Schools that focus their Eco-Schools work on their grounds make a really tangible and visible statement about their school and what it stands for. School grounds at their best are great spaces to learn and play; they are litter-free, support biodiversity and, hopefully, have a flagpole flying the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

Outdoor Classroom Day
What better way to promote your school grounds than taking part in Outdoor Classroom Day, a campaign to celebrate and inspire learning and play outside the classroom. The campaign is supported by Unilever’s Dirt is Good brands and led globally by Project Dirt on Thursday 18th May 2017.
UK schools will join others across the world by taking in at least one class outdoors. Outdoor learning and play teach children critical life skills are essential for a happy childhood.
Find out how you can get involved here and start planning today

Free Trees for Schools
Interested in getting free trees for your school grounds? We have teamed up with The Woodland Trust, who are working with Defra and a range of corporate partners to offer free trees to schools.

Trees create inspiring learning spaces as well as natural, sustainable, and dynamic outdoor classrooms. They give children the chance to connect with nature and create something beautiful for future generations.

Getting involved in the Free Trees scheme is a great way to embed the School Grounds topic in to school life and helps you along the way to Green Flag!

Apply for your free trees here.

See our full range of School Grounds Partners who can help your school with this topic

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Interactive Eco-School

You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your school

Interactive Eco-School