School Grounds

Enhancing where you work and play.

Curriculum Examples

  • English – write a story about an animal living within your school grounds.
  • Science – identify the plants within school grounds, how does this vary across the seasons?
  • Maths- design a new eco-school playground; plot the playground on graph paper and work out the area and perimeter of your different eco-features.

Visit our School Grounds Pinterest for  inspiration

Do you a great idea for a School Grounds National Call to Action

Our most popular Eco-Schools topic.

If you have worked on a particular action you would now like to help us introduce it to all Eco-Schools please let us know.

Other Actions

There are lots of other charities and organisations providing free resources and project ideas that may help or inspire you to work on our School Grounds Topic from Countryside Classroom to the Woodland Trust’s Free Trees for Schools.

RHS Campaign for School Gardening

RHS’s Campaign for School Gardening provides resources and support to develop a sustainable garden for young people’s learning, health and wellbeing from participating in the Big Soup Share to applying for a School Gardening Awards, it can all be used as evidence when applying for your Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

Learn More about the RHS Campaign for School Gardening

Countryside Classroom

Countryside Classroom helps teachers to find resources, places to visit and school support from a range of contributors all relating to our natural environment. Their website is free to use and contains more than a thousand pieces of content. Their features page, containing news articles and blogs, gives plenty of practical ideas to get you started.

Visit Countryside Classroom

Woodland Trust’s Free Trees for Schools and Communities

The Woodland trust want to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree, so they are giving hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. There are a variety of packs available for schools to apply for including the Copse pack to create a mini forest school classroom, the Wild Harvest pack to grow an array of fruit and nuts and the Urban Trees pack for areas with limited space. Their fantastic Tree Tools for Schools website also provides you with everything you need to plan, plant and care for your tree pack.

Get your Woodland Trust Free Trees for Schools pack

Learn about planting and caring for your trees with Tree Tools for Schools

School Grounds Topic Winner, Eco-Schools Award Ceremony

Read about how How Honey Pot Nurseries in Liverpool turned tragedy into triumph with their School Grounds topic action.

Read about Honey Pot

School Examples

Penshurst Primary School, Hessle

The Eco-Committee at Penshurst Primary School decided it was time to create an allotment on their school grounds. In true Eco-Schools style, they decided to do this using recycled materials: neglected raised beds have been given a new lease of life; ecobricks used to build the main 6 metres x 1 metre bed; and old tyres have been used as potato planters and seating. Year 6 children spent a really enjoyable afternoon working on the project, digging, tidying and planting - working really hard and volunteering to help further as they had so much fun!
The allotment area will teach all pupils how to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers, which they hope to taste themselves and sell via their Community Cafe. It will also provide pupils and staff with an area to relax and be mindful.
The Eco-Committee are especially thankful to a member of their schools' Cleaning Staff who is an expert gardener and has been a valuable source of information and support - a great example of Eco-Schools work bringing a school community together (Step 5: Informing and Involving)!

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SJKC Tai Tong Sandakan, Eco-Schools Malaysia

SJKC Tai Tong Sandakan is actively involved in oyster mushroom cultivation project from September 2018. The project has harvested 300 bags so far and our target is 1000 bags or more by the end of 2020.
The funding of the project came from the teacher’s welfare fund and we were grateful that the first batch broke even with cost of setting the farm, water piping and some other devices. The fund we earn will support other environmental projects in the schools.
The project aims to create awareness of the beauty of mother nature and expose the pupils and the surrounding community to mushroom cultivation. The hands-on project also teaches pupils the process so they can learn about all the procedures involved in mushroom cultivation including entrepreneurship, harvesting and nourishing the mushroom by controlling their temperature, humidity and hygiene.
School administrators, teachers, parents and the community were very supportive of this project - they keep the mushroom farm active by buying the fresh oyster mushrooms from the school.

Eco-Schools Malaysia

Birchwood Primary School, Ipswich

A pupil at Birchwood noticed that their parents would buy fresh herbs (wrapped in plastic), from the supermarket each week to cook dinner with. Often their parents only used a small amount of the herbs before the plastic wrapping ended up in general waste and the remaining herbs were composted: not great for the environment or the wallet! They decided to bring the problem to their next Eco-Committee meeting to discuss. The Committee decided to grow their own Community Herb Garden. They asked for donations from a local herb grower and used money raised from their farmers market to fund the project. The herb grower came and helped the head (student) gardeners at the school plant it up. The digital leaders took it one stage further and made QR codes for each variety of herb that links you to tasty recipes from the BBC Food Website. Parents and the wider community have been encouraged to come and help themselves!
"It is lovely seeing people out there with a list and scissors collecting their bouquet!"

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Goldthorpe Primary School, Barnsley

As part of our connected curriculum we have created a bespoke outdoor education programme under the Eco-Schools umbrella. Our Eco-Schools programme is made up of five elements: Farm School, Gardening School, Survival School, Conservation School, Construction School.
As part of Gardening School we have been sowing seeds, nurturing the plants and harvesting the produce. We grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, which the children take ownership of and during their Eco-Sessions they work on a variety of projects around our allotment. The produce we grow is used in school lunches - this is a very exciting part of gardening school that engages children in healthy eating and opens them up to trying new things that they wouldn't necessarily have or try at home. We have also started to sell vegetable plants to parents and carers each morning as part of our enterprise projects. This also encourages growing at home: engaging families beyond the school gate!

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