What an amazing week we have just had launching our Countryside Classroom partnership project! The website www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk collates places to visit, people to ask and resources on the themes of food, farming and the natural environment. Teachers told us they hadn’t time to search for individual organisations and activities and wanted one place to visit. How could we refuse?
The energetic FACE regional team pulled out all the stops this week to make sure events were organised throughout the country. Thanks must go to the Countryside Classroom partners who joined with us to make sure hundreds of children enjoyed fun-filled exciting activities through which they could learn about food, farming and the natural environment.
The week got off to a tremendous start in the East of England where the whole of Mile End Cross Primary School joined chef Richard Bainbridge (this week of Great British Menu fame) to discover the tasty treats to be made from a pig’s head! Pyes’ Bakery of Peterborough held a superb breadmaking workshop whilst other pupils were busy planting and growing. The NFU Roadshow was on hand to explain all about cereal crops and the vital work of farmers.
Students at St Christopher’s High School in Accrington had the benefit of working with chef James Holden from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts – Chefs Adopt a School programme; while at St Barnabas Primary School in York Phunky Foods experts helped children to get interactive with food and Stockbridge Technology College led a seed sowing activity.
“Woodallions” (medallions made from wood!) featured in the programme at Gladstone Primary School in Stoke on Trent, thanks to the Wild Wood organisation.
Thursday was the busiest day with launch events spanning Nottinghamshire, Kent and Somerset. Tuxford Primary School had an exciting day working with chef Idris Caldora of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts – Chefs Adopt a School programme and producing a healthy lunch of vegetable soup and fruit salad. Vegetables galore were provided by Hammond Produce who also developed a variety of veg-themed activities.
At Castle Cary School Wyke Farm introduced the pupils to cheese making whilst farmland birds was the topic for a session by Carymoor Environmental Trust. Over in Kent students from local secondary schools were busy getting to know Oathall College Farm’s pigs and cattle.
And so to Friday! At Ysgol Coed y Gof children were encouraged to litter pick by Keep Wales Tidy and RSPB Cymru helped the pupils to spot local birds.
So Countryside Classroom is well and truly launched! Have you taken a look at the website www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk ? This is the first step in our collaborative project. If you want to find out more contact
. You will be very welcome to join us!