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Teaching in the ‘New Normal’: Taking Learning Outside The Classroom

As schools in England look set to open in September, many teachers are grappling with how to teach pupils in the ‘new normal.’

Teaching as a profession was always fraught with challenges, however when combined with social distancing measures and the safety of the school community it can be hard to know where to start.
Protecting Staff […]

A Quick Coronavirus Update: It’s Business As Usual!

With governmental guidelines updating daily and the future feeling uncertain, many schools and nurseries are searching for some way to keep moving forward, even if it is only to keep a sense of normality.

With school closures announced recently new plans are having to be formed and executed quickly.

However we wanted to reassure you that if […]

25 Fundraising Ideas That Are Perfect For Schools & Nurseries!

25 Fundraising Ideas That Are Perfect For Schools & Nurseries!
With budgets tighter than ever, many schools and nurseries turn to fundraising to help fund their playground installs and redevelopments.

Fundraising can also be a great learning opportunity for students and a way to bring the whole school community together in general.

As such, we’ve rounded up lots […]

How to Choose Your Playground Theme

When you are designing your new playground, one of the most important things is to think about the theme you are going to choose.

Theming a playground not only makes it look more cohesive and well thought out, but it can also make your playground even more useful! If you are unsure of what theme you […]

Real Teachers Share Their Tips For Taking Learning Outdoors.

A few months ago, Outdoor Classroom Day posted on Twitter, asking their followers what advice they would give teachers wanting to take the first step towards more time outdoors. The responses were vast and varied and there were so many good ideas shared that we didn’t want you to miss out.

As such, here are just a […]

How To Create An Outdoor Gym When You Don’t Have The Equipment

As childhood obesity rates show no sign of slowing down, society often looks to schools to help through educating children and promoting an active lifestyle.

Therefore many schools are investing in outdoor gym equipment that children can use both during organised classes, clubs and breaks.

Whilst the PE & Sports Premium and initiatives such as the Sugar […]

Boost Your Pupils Mental Well-being Through Outdoor Play

After seeing all of the conversations surrounding World Mental Health Day recently, we wanted to write a blog post about how important it is to encourage good mental health in children.

We could have included some shocking statistics, or maybe an inspiration quote.

But if we are being totally honest, that felt a bit pointless.

Because we all […]

Is Play In Early Years The Secret Too Success?

If you’ve read any of our previous blog posts chances are you know that we believe play can have a huge impact on childhood development.

Outdoor play gives children the opportunity to practise running, jumping and balancing along with fine motor skills. It helps them develop social skills and resilience. In short, outdoor play is vital […]

Take Learning Outdoors & Prepare For The Next Outdoor Classroom Day!

This year’s Outdoor Classroom Day proved to be more popular than ever with many schools using the initiative to “test the water” when it comes to outdoor learning.

Originally founded in 2012 by Anna Portch. Outdoor Classroom Day was originally known as “Empty Classroom Day” with only a few schools in London taking part, but in […]

Play In The Early Years – What The World Health Organisation Recommends.

Here at Billy Bounce HQ, we talk about play a lot. If we’re being honest, we probably talk about it too much.

When it comes to the importance of play we’re obsessed, all consumed and despite our best intentions we keep bringing it up in conversations. Which can be a bit awkward when all you’re doing […]