Outdoor Learning is one of possible solutions for schools : as Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman announces that from next autumn inspectors will be moving away from looking at academic results and towards whether a much broader curriculum is being delivered in schools.
Taking the curriculum outside can improve attainment, increase engagement, and develop a wide range of skills including problem solving, communication and resilience. Outdoor learning also provides endless opportunities for experiential, contextual and applied education. At the Apricot Centre, Huxhams Cross Farm we believe that Outdoor Learning is at its most potent when it is interwoven within the formal school curriculum and we have a wide range of curriculum based outdoor learning that can meet the needs of a wide range of students in a wide range of subject areas.
At a time when we are all becoming increasingly concerned about the physical and emotional wellbeing of our children and young people, and question whether they will leave education with the skills and competencies they will need for the future, outdoor learning brings with it a range of benefits which are now widely evidenced, acknowledged and accepted.
We offer a range of activities and workshops , the costs visits are dependant on activity and duration, however we usually charge £300 + VAT for a half day session which includes 1 farm tour and 1 activity for 30 children but do get in contact and we can discuss your needs.
Please contact Rachel for more information.
We run a number of different educational visits which can be tailored to support the National Curriculum . All our courses are designed and run by a qualified Secondary School Teacher and Higher Education Tutor.
Discover more about our farm including visiting our cows and chickens. This is an excellent opportunity for young people to learn more about where their food comes from. We will discuss the origins of different food including meat, eggs, bread and vegetables. Includes an animal feeding session.
Learn about the varieties of apple on the Farm, carry out an apple taste and use specialist equipment to mash and press them for the juice. Children are involved in the process from start to finish and it will be the best glass of apple juice they have ever had! This session is best in the autumn, when you can use the farm’s own apples.
Learn about the plants grown on farms and their uses in food. We discuss plant care and growth and young people sow seeds in a pot to take away with them to care for.
Young people learn about what goes into a compost heap, the creatures live there and how to make your own compost. This activity also includes a seed sowing activity.
Young people explore and forage a range of herbs and wildflowers that are used to create a dye, young people then tie dye their own eco bag with plant dye.
Children can pick their own lunch from the farm, cook it in our kitchen and then sit down and eat it. This is a lovely way for children to learn where their food comes from, an example of this activity could be making your own pizza using produce from the farm such as our flour and tomatoes, or make your own soup using the vegetables on the farm.
We have worked with a number of secondary school focusing on elements of the curriculum such as Food and Nutrition, Art and Design, Geography and Science.
The farm can be used as a citizens science site to support areas in the curriculum
If you are interested in your class visiting the farm to provide an action learning experience please contact Rachel on firstname.lastname@example.org