Imagine if the four walls of a primary school classroom could vanish and be replaced by grass, and trees, and bird song, and the breeze.
We are the Parent Teacher Association for Green Lane Primary and Nursery School in Worcester Park and we want to build an outdoor classroom so our children can spend time being active and outside. Imagine a large, permanent umbrella structure covering an entire class of children and you’re in the right zone!
Please check out our wonderful Umbrella Classroom Facebook page to see outtakes from our video, Jokes of the Day, thank you videos from the children and LOTS more.
Please also check out our very own theme song - created by one of the parents in our amazing community for this special project:
We have increased the amount of outside learning time over the last few years. The children flourish when outside; they are naturally active as outdoor curriculum activities lend themselves to more physical activity such as orienteering and gathering learning resources from the outdoor area. This benefits all aspects of their school life.
We want to take this a step further and have lessons outside all year round. Get ready for the science part…
The benefits of outdoor learning are widely recognised across publications and research papers*:
- Test scores, attitude about school, attendance and behaviour all improve when students learn in and about nature
- It decreases stress levels of students and teachers, and decreases symptoms of ADHD
- Enhances the sense of community in the school. A shared learning space brings together children across the years.
- Outdoor learning is BRILLIANT!
So what are we actually trying to do?
We want to build an outdoor classroom which will be used to:
- Offer timetabled outdoor learning time to all children, every week, regardless of weather
- Teach the children about plants by being closer to nature
- Offer new sports clubs that we don’t currently have the space for. We have wonderful ideas, but no space!
- Give a dry, accessible space to support the wider community events that the school hosts – including an annual fireworks display, Christmas market and Summer Fair.
It is going to be a beautiful structure that the children will benefit from for years to come
And how much will this cost?
Our outdoor classroom will cost £8000. This includes:
- The canopy and timber framed structure
- Woodchip flooring
- 7 portable sleeper benches
- Portable steel fire bowl
- Portable blackboard
How can you help?
We need your donations to help us fund all of this. Every single piece of woodchip, wooden panel and sleeper bench needs to be paid for. We really need your help donating what you can and sharing this page with friends, family and local businesses.
And what can we offer you in return?
Well, if you would like to donate but you are not interested in a reward, then the donate button at the top right of the page will take you to the right place. Thank you for your donation!
But, we would like to offer you a reward because it makes this process more fun. We are offering some great rewards from an exclusive re-usable Green-Lane branded coffee cup to the chance for your favourite quote to be included on our School's 'Wall of Inspiration' or even have a wood engraved quote permanently in our Umbrella Classroom.
The 'Wall of quotes' will be a wall display in the main school building with quotes which can be dedicated to children at the school.
If you choose the 'Quote in our Umbrella Classroom' reward, then your quote will be engraved in wood permanently in our Umbrella Classroom to inspire all the children. For clarity, this reward is for the engraving of the quote and doesn't include a dedication.
We are installing a large acrylic Sponsor Panel in the school. The panel will measure 90cm x 120cm and will contain the logos of all the sponsors who help us bring our project to life. Each square costs £25 and is 9cm x 9cm. You can donate £25 for a single square, or if you would like to donate enough to claim multiple squares, you can click through the reward on the right then update the 'quantity' box to the number you wish to pay for. As soon as we receive your donation we will be in touch for you to select the squares you would like to use (based on what is still available).
If we are fortunate enough to receive any Aviva bids, we will be very grateful! We understand that we can't send Aviva employees any physical 'thank you' gifts but please know that in our heads we are posting you a great bottle of wine and an enormous box of chocolates! We will include the Aviva logo as a key part of our Sponsor Panel too.
Make it a Christmas present!
All of the rewards are listed to the right, just click to donate and claim them.
Many of our rewards would make great Christmas presents but sadly they won't be delivered until after Christmas. Don't worry though! We have designed a special printable Christmas card which you can give to people as a promise of the reward which they will receive! please click here to print it!
Please be aware that rewards cannot be fulfilled until the project is closed and our target has been hit. (This is because this is an all-or-nothing project; meaning that if we do not reach our target of £8,000 then all money will be returned to donors).
The following are examples of the many publications which highlight the connection between outdoor learning and children's wellbeing:
- UCL Institute of Education: Children and Nature
- English Outdoor Council: Time for Change in Outdoor Learning
- Every Child Outdoors: Children Need Nature. Nature Needs Children
Thank you for taking the time to read about our project! Please share this page as far and wide as you can to help us achieve our goals!