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Educational Supplies To Get Your Class Involved With National School Grounds Week

Author : Neil Tug

Now that we are enjoying Spring and Summer is well on the way, it's the ideal time to get creative in our gardens, allotments and outdoor spaces.

National School Grounds Week runs from the 13th to 19th of June and offers a fantastic excuse to bring the classroom outside with great opportunities to meet curriculum objectives in a new and exciting way!

Getting outdoors with your classroom, team or group is a chance to celebrate your school or setting and its unique outdoor environment. Weather your in the country side or city, there is always something you can do to start creating or improving your outdoor space.

Learning through outdoor activity is something that every child can get involved with, regardless of age, ability or background. All it takes is a little effort and time to organise a simple outdoor activity to get everyone involved and start making a difference.

Smaller children love learning how seeds grow into plants, how to care for them and watch them grow; so why not get your class of smaller ones involved in planting a few seeds? It's a great introduction to lifecycles and will teach them the importance of looking after a living object.

For older children, there is opportunity to develop skills in activities such as allotment keeping where they can be responsible for growing their own fruit, vegetables and other plants, which can boost self esteem and promote independence. Its also a great activity to channel creativity and boost confidence in children of all ages, especially those who may struggle with everyday subjects such as Maths or English.

Outdoor school grounds settings also help to enable teachers to gain a better and more sustainable understanding of how to make the most of the learning opportunities the outdoors can offer. With materials available to teachers full of ideas and activities they can do with their class, the support really is there for the teachers to get started. Make sure your educational supplier is your first port of call for these materials, they will have many ideas and resources to get you on your way.

If your school or setting needs to start from scratch and order outdoor tools and materials, don't stress, simply visit one of your 'one stop shop' educational suppliers who will have a great selection of everything you need to get started (or keep you going!), all at great value prices. From packs of seeds, to wheel barrows and gloves, trowels, shovels and hanging baskets- all suitable for children, they've got it covered.

So get cracking with your outdoor space and start making a difference to your school or setting's grounds while getting everyone active, creative, learning and involved! You'll be surprised at the sense of community you can develop with your children, patents and local communities and most of all it's a great opportunity to simply have some fun outdoors!

Don't forget, Nation School Grounds week isn't just for the week, its something you can get involved with all year round. So start getting your educational supplies ordered and get outdoors!

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Hope Education provides teaching resources and educational supplies for teachers around the UK to pre, primary and secondary schools. Hopes range covers everything from curricular resources and school stationery to resources for modern foreign languages and special needs

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