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Healthy Living: Outdoors Learning at School Grounds

  1. 1. Schoolgrounds-UK Advice Sheet Healthy living The programmes and of the Environmental Curriculum initiatives detailed below Centre in Eltham (south east include reference to how London) and BirminghamSchoolgrounds-UK isone of the subscription school grounds can support Botanical Gardens. They areservices from Learning available to visit to gain healthy living. The text usedthrough Landscapes, inspirational ideas on developingthe UK’s national school is largely taken from the a garden space within thegrounds and early years websites quoted. grounds of your school. Pleaseoutdoor play charity. contact the Environmental Curriculum Centre or BirminghamFor more information Growing Schools Botanical Gardens respectively toabout subscriptions, book a 01962 845811. Growing Schools is a government Healthy Schools Initiative programme which aims to harness the full potential of the outdoors by encouraging, The National Healthy School supporting and inspiring all Standard (NHSS) is jointly funded schools to use the outdoor by the Department for Education classroom, both in and beyond and Skills (DfES) and theThe Schoolgrounds-UK the school grounds, as a contextAdvice Line is open Department of Health.Monday to Friday all for learning across theyear round. Contact curriculum. It is part of the governmentsour specialist team foradvice on using, drive to reduce health It focuses in particular on food, inequalities, promote socialdesigning or managingyour space: farming and the countryside, on inclusion and raise educational ensuring pupils are given first standards.Tel: hand experience of the natural01962 845811 world around them and that A healthy school is one that isEmail: outdoor learning activities are successful in helping pupils to integrated into every day teaching their best and build on their practices. achievements. It is committed ongoing improvement and The Growing Schools website development. It promotes supports teachers in using the physical and emotional health by ‘outdoor classroom’ as a resource providing accessible and relevant across the curriculum. The site information and equipping pupils includes case studies, schemes of with the skills and attitudes to work, lesson plans, learning make informed decisions about materials, sources of funding and their health. A healthy school support and other materials. understands the importance of Training information with a range investing in health to assist in theLTL accepts no of programmes on offer including process of raising levels of pupilresponsibility for the sessions on outdoor education, achievement and improvingquality of goods or horticulture, garden construction,services provided by standards. It also recognises theany companies listed. health and safety issues, animal need to provide both a physical husbandry and how to secure and social environment that isThis Advice Sheet offers funding. The site has been conducive to learning.a selection of contacts designed so teachers can searchto try – always try yourlocal Yellow Pages or by subject and key stage and willThomson Directory, and soon feature a ‘schools network’ Eco Schoolsan internet search offering teachers the opportunity such as to tap into local aswell. expertise and knowledge. Eco Schools is a programme for promoting environmental There are two Growing Schools awareness in a way that links to Gardens, located in the grounds many curriculum subjects,JM: 09-10
  2. 2. Schoolgrounds-UK Advice Sheet Healthy living including citizenship, personal, incorporates a plant finder / plant social and health education (PSHE) selector service. Other useful and education for sustainable information, available from theSchoolgrounds-UK isone of the subscription development. It is also an award Education Department at the RHSservices from Learning scheme that will raise the profile garden in Wisley, includes advicethrough Landscapes, of your school in the wider on compost creation and healththe UK’s national school community. The Eco Schools and safety when working outsidegrounds and early yearsoutdoor play charity. process is holistic. It works by in the school grounds. involving the whole school (pupils, teachers, non-teachingFor more information staff and governors) together with Thriveabout subscriptions,call 01962 845811. members of the local community (parents, the local authority, the media and local businesses). It Thrive is a horticultural charity will encourage teamwork and help specialising in gardening for to create a shared understanding people with special needs. Visit of what it takes to run a school in their website or call for advice on a way that respects and enhances the ideal dimensions for planters the environment. and raised beds, along withThe Schoolgrounds-UK specialised tools, advice onAdvice Line is open sensory planting etc.Monday to Friday all Whole School Food Policiesyear round. Contact specialist team foradvice on using, Garden Organic (formerlydesigning or managing The British Nutrition Foundation HDRA)your space: website (contains information about the development of a whole )Tel:01962 845811 school food policy. The guide has This national charity provides been written to help schools tailored training for schools in allEmail: develop, write and implement a aspects of gardening and Whole School Food Policy. It is and produces a wide range ofWeb: designed to be easy-to-follow and publications including based firmly in the context of real leaflets on crop rotation, compost school life. Food has a significant making and green manures. Their role to play in determining health Cook’s Garden Planner contains a and well being, establishing social calendar of vegetables (with roles and reflecting and shaping sowing and harvesting times). The the schools ethos and individuals website includes a site called values. A Whole School Food Organic Gardens for Schools – a Policy can benefit pupils, staff, free schools membership scheme parents, caterers and others with a newsletter, dedicated associated with a school. advice and support hotline,LTL accepts no schemes of work and curriculumresponsibility for thequality of goods or links, with information updatedservices provided by Royal Horticultural Society on a termly basis regarding theany companies listed. activities that need to take place in the garden at that time of year.This Advice Sheet offersa selection of contacts The Royal Horticultural Societyto try – always try your (RHS) run a free schoollocal Yellow Pages or membership scheme including an The Federation of City FarmsThomson Directory, and advice line, regular newsletters and Community Gardensan internet searchengine such as and free seeds, plus the (FCFCG) as Campaign for School Gardening programme. This national charity also offers an annual INSET This national charity encourages programme for schools all over and supports community farmsJM: 09-10 the country and the website and gardens across the country,
  3. 3. Schoolgrounds-UK Advice Sheet Healthy living including those within school  Reduce diet-related grounds. There is a network of inequalities in childhood forty-nine sites across London, through food education andSchoolgrounds-UK isone of the subscription many of which offer educational school based from Learning links, resources and advice.  Improve food skills throughthrough Landscapes, food education, and schoolthe UK’s national school and community initiatives.grounds and early yearsoutdoor play charity. Common Ground The aims of the Trust are being recognised as increasingly Tel: 01747 850820 important. There is a body ofFor more information evidence which links children’sabout subscriptions,call 01962 845811. Common Ground is diets to their immediate and long- internationally recognised for term health, whilst experience playing a unique role in the arts from schools suggests that when and environmental fields, children eat a balanced diet they distinguished by the linking of find it easier to concentrate in the nature with culture, focussing classroom and their behaviour is upon the positive investment significantly improved. Diet is people can make in their own increasingly being seen as centralThe Schoolgrounds-UK localities and by inspiring to unlocking the potential ofAdvice Line is open celebration as a starting point for children as well as being criticalMonday to Friday all action to improve the quality of to their health. Improved nutritionyear round. Contact our everyday places. They offer and food habits can play a part inour specialist team foradvice on using, ideas, information and inspiration enhancing well-being anddesigning or managing through publications and projects emotional welfare, and are anyour space: such as Field Days, Parish Maps, important part of addressing the Flora Britannica, Apple Day, need to reduce the number ofTel:01962 845811 Community Orchards, Tree overweight and obese children. Dressing Day and the campaign Since poorer eating is regularlyEmail: for Local Distinctiveness. associated with low income, improving food in schools canWeb: School Food Trust help address children’s The School Food Trust Board and staff believe that eating well during the school day is crucial to a number of government, societal and parental objectives, including improving the health, well being and academic performance of children and young people. TheLTL accepts no Trust is charged with helping allresponsibility for thequality of goods or stakeholders to ensure that youngservices provided by people eat better food at school,any companies listed. and has set for itself four broader objectives to achieve this agenda.This Advice Sheet offersa selection of contacts Established at the outset, theseto try – always try your are reviewed each year to ensurelocal Yellow Pages or they remain relevant.Thomson Directory, and  Ensure all schools meet thean internet searchengine such as food based and nutrient as standards for lunch and non-well. lunch food.  Increase the take-up of school meals.JM: 09-10