Our playground canopies and shelters provide children with the opportunity to play and learn outside the classroom all year round – whatever the weather. Ofsted inspectors want schools to show a genuine commitment to the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) initiative as it has been shown to help raise education standards and improve pupils’ personal, social and emotional development. Our playground shelters provide schools with the facility to do that by creating a comfortable and weather-resistant covering for children and teachers make the most of outside learning opportunities.
All-Year-Round Outside Play Area Canopies and Shelters
Our high-quality polycarbonate canopies and shelters provide:
- schoolchildren with the opportunity to play and learn outside all year round, no matter what the weather;
- the ability for children and teachers to move freely between indoor and outdoor learning environments while being sheltered from the elements; and
- teachers with a solution to the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage: Themes and Commitments, Enabling Environments, The Learning Environment.
The Importance of Learning Outside the Classroom
Ofsted has produced a number of reports and documents demonstrating the importance of LOtC, and to help schools facilitate and develop LOtC opportunities for their pupils. A key document is the report Learning Outside the Classroom: How Far Should You Go?. This report examines LOtC in practice and highlights which schools and educational establishments are doing well and where there is room for improvement.
Key findings of the report include:
- When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development.
- Learning outside the classroom was most successful when it was an integral element of long-term curriculum planning and closely linked to classroom activities.
- The success of learning outside the classroom depended very much on the leadership of the schools and colleges.
It is clear from the report that Ofsted views LOtC as a key aspect of the education system, but in order to maximise opportunities for outside learning schools are encouraged to provide a safe and comfortable educational environment for their pupils. Our playground canopies and shelters can help them do just that, effectively creating waterproof outdoor classrooms that enable schools to follow Ofsted’s guidelines and embrace outdoor learning.
Playground Shade and Outdoor Covered Play Area Shelters
Bringing young children out into the open to learn and play is an essential part of their development. However, it is equally important to allow pupils to engage in outside activities in a safe environment where their exposure to harmful UV radiation is dramatically reduced. The need to provide UV filtering shelters for school children has been recognised for some years, and Ofsted have recommended that all schools have shaded areas in their playgrounds.
Clovis Canopies have extensive experience of manufacturing and installing canopies, covers and shelters that are highly effective at shielding pupils from the harmful effects if UV radiation. The canopies that we installed at St Dunstans Primary School and Beacon Community College not only look fantastic, but provide exceptional protection from harmful UV rays. These canopies are based on our Ascot Lean-To and Oxford Barrel designs respectively, although we are able to provide canopies for schools in a range of canopy styles and designs.
Our Playground Shelters and Canopies are Made to Fit
Quality and flexibility are the hallmarks of Clovis Canopies. Each shelter or canopy is individually made to suit the site in question and can be tailored to your specific requirements. We are therefore not restricted to standard module sizes and can fit the structure to the space available maximising the covered area for the funds available. We have many satisfied customers and install hundreds of our canopies in schools and colleges throughout the UK each year.