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Green Lane Community 'Umbrella Classroom'

by Felix Kraty in Worcester Park, England, United Kingdom

£4,196

raised of £8,000 target
72
supporters
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This project will only be funded if at least £8,000 is pledged by December 20th 2019 at 12:00am

Support the physical and mental wellbeing of the whole school community by encouraging active outdoor learning. Learn more from our VIDEO!

by Felix Kraty in Worcester Park, England, United Kingdom

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!

Rewards!

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.

Corporate Rewards

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).

More information about the logo panel can be viewed in this PDF, and you can see which squares are still available here.

Aviva Rewards

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).

*Evidence

The following are examples of the many publications which highlight the connection between outdoor learning and children's wellbeing:

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!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Grandparents & Pupils Afternoon Tea

This reward is for Afternoon Tea and Woodland Crafts on Friday 19th June from 1-3.30pm in our Umbrella Classroom. This is all about making life-long memories in a special space. Each £20 Reward purchased is for 1 Green Lane pupil OR 1 Grandparent place. When you click on the Reward you can update the QUANTITY to the total number of people you are buying for (e.g. 2 children and 2 grandparents would be quantity 4).

£5 or more

Website Shout Out

We will write your name on a dedicated page on the Green Lane School website for the world to see

£12 or more

Green Coffee Cup!

Receive an exclusive, reusable, Green Lane branded coffee cup made from bamboo. For truly Green (Lane) Coffee! You will be contacted to collect your cup from the school

£20 or more

4 of 30 claimed

Wall of Quotes

Your favourite book quote will be displayed on our new Wall of Quotes in the school. Whether it is Harper Lee, Dr Seuss or Roald Dahl - we will take those wonderful words and inspire the next generation. 140 character limit per quote plus the Author's name. We will contact you for your quote and will ask you if you would like it dedicated to someone.

£25 or more

78 of 120 claimed

Corporate Reward: Logo Board

Your company logo will be added to a 9cm x 9cm square on our Sponsors Panel. Your organisation will be etched into our school history for eternity. If you want to sponsor multiple squares, you'll have the chance to select additional units during checkout. We will contact you to confirm your square choice and request your logo.

£50 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Quotes in our Umbrella Classroom

Choose a favourite book quote to be engraved  permanently on the wall of our Umbrella Classroom to inspire our current and future children with their learning. 140 character limit per quote plus the Author's name. We will contact you for your quote.

£65 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Dedicate a Tree

A plaque with ‘sponsored by: xxxxxx xxxxxxx’ or 'This tree is dedicated to xxxxx xxxxx' will be added to one of 4 young Rowan or Silver Birch trees near our Umbrella Classroom. These trees should grow to be 15 metres tall and will be a wonderful part of Green Lane's environment for many generations of school children.

£75 or more

14 of 14 claimed

Sponsor a bench

A plaque with 'sponsored by: xxxxxx xxxxxxx' will be added to one of the outdoor classroom sleeper benches. Plaque size will be approx 4"x2". Each bench will have 2 plaques. We will contact you so you can tell us what you would like written.

£100 or more

Prosecco and Chocolate Hamper

You (or someone who you've not yet got a Christmas present for!) deserve this reward, really. Thank you for such a generous donation, we will gift you with a prosecco hamper and a thank you card, of course.

£250 or more

Aviva employee reward

Thank you for considering placing your bid with our project. Your bid will be so appreciated by our school community and make a huge different to the children at Green Lane School. To thank you for seeing the value in our community project, we will post a video to you!


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