Organic Farming and Healthy Eating at Bore PlaceBore Place
Bore Place in Kent tell us how they use learning outside the classroom to teach children the importance of organic and sustainable farming, food chains, food choices and healthy eating.
Morning, can we start by asking you which curriculum areas you cover with both your day trips and residential stays?
"We cover a broad range of the curriculum for KS1 & 2 including science, geography, design and technology including cooking and nutrition, and art and design. Our focus is on developing connections and understanding.
Obviously there are a lot of educational benefits from a visit to Bore Place. What are some of the key benefits from learning outside the classroom in regards to personal development and team building?
"Learning outside the classroom encourages students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills as well as engaging a broader range of soft skills such as teamwork, leadership and compromise in their learning environment. Real-world learning also improves young people's personal and social development and can act as a vehicle to develop their capacity and motivation to learn.
How do these benefits at Bore Place relate to progression in the classroom?
"Learning outside the classroom is known to contribute significantly to raising standards & improving pupils' personal, social & emotional development. Young people who experience learning outside the classroom as a regular part of their school life benefit from increased self-esteem and become more engaged in their education both inside and outside the classroom walls. It supports improved standards, an increase in attainment, reduced truancy and improved discipline.
You are home to a working organic farm, what does a typical day of activities look like? Do Schools participate on the farm?
"The one thing that is consistent about all visits to Bore Place is a tour of our working organic farm. This gives young people the opportunity to learn about organic and sustainable farming principles and meet our dairy herd and see a working farm in action. Depending on the programme that has been chosen, a typical day might also include harvesting in our market garden and cooking, den building and campfires, minibeasts and pond dipping or environmental arts working with clay, mosaics or weaving.
What are some of the benefits of children learning about food chains and healthy eating?
"With rising rates of childhood obesity in this country it is ever more important to help make young people aware of where food comes from and how healthy eating affects their overall wellbeing. At Bore Place we also explore the impact that food choices can have on the wellbeing of the planet. Being a working organic farm, as well as having cooking programmes and facilities here, means we are well placed to deliver this part of the curriculum.
How important do you think it is for children to explore the natural world and what are the most popular activities with the children?
"Vital. There is so little time in today's busy curriculum to learn experientially, and there is a lot of evidence available now that supports the fact that it is beneficial for children to have a connection with the natural world. Popular programmes include our Minibeast programme aimed at primary schools which explores minibeasts and food chains as well as pond dipping and habitats. A popular programme for older students is our Global and Sustainable Food and Farming Programme which explores food miles and food production and looks at global and sustainable issues around food and farming and the impact of our food choices.
You have experienced educational staff that lead the activities. How do they ensure an engaging and productive visit?
"We have over 30 years' experience delivering tried and tested educational programmes. Our staff are experienced and very passionate about our values and what we do and we know from feedback that that is reflected in the programmes they deliver. We regularly review feedback and adapt programmes to reflect this.
What sort of facilities do you have on site for teachers to use?
"We have a purpose-built education centre with ample toilet facilities for young people. Our teaching cooking facilities are also designed for children. We have extensive gardens and grounds which visitors and school groups are encouraged to explore - both a market garden and ornamental gardens. There are also woodlands, ponds, picnic areas and indoor eating spaces as well as plenty of parking and a choice of overnight accommodation options.
If you are interested in hearing a bit more about how Bore Place can help you with planning your next school visit then why not get in touch here.
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