In case you missed it, a very important report was recently published by Natural Connections. “England’s largest outdoor learning project reveals children more motivated to learn when outside. Children from 125 schools across the South West on England are happier, healthier and more motivated to learn thanks to a new project commissioned by Natural England that has turned the outdoors into a classroom and helped schools transform ways of teaching.
The findings have been released today by the Natural Connections Demonstration project, a four-year initiative to help school children – particularly those from disadvantaged areas – experience the benefits of the natural environment by empowering teachers to use the outdoors to support everyday learning.
The project, which is funded by Natural England, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Historic England and delivered by Plymouth University, is the largest project of its kind in England and has already helped more than 40,000 primary and secondary school pupils get out of their classrooms and into the outdoors – whether that’s a maths lesson in a local park or drama out on the school field.
The team at the school was thrilled to be voted Greenest School in Camden by a prestigious panel of judges put forward by Camden Council.
Just before the holidays, we ran a stall outside Wholefoods, Camden, as part of a food education project with School Food Matters. This involved travelling to Kent to pick fresh produce for our jams and chutneys. We were raising money for the Rhyl Kitchen project.
Thank you School Food Matters and Wholefoods. A lucky group of Year 2 children had a chance to visit Stanhill Farm in Kent to pick fruit which we will later cook up in chutneys to sell in their stores next month. A beautiful day!
On Monday 20 June, 3.30 – 5.30 we are hosting a forum for schools interested in food growing.
This Forum is a chance to gain inspiration and ideas from another food growing school, share ideas and learn something new through a seasonal activity run by Food Growing Schools: London. We would also like the forum to act as a swap shop, so please bring along any seeds, plants, tools and educational resources you would either like to share, give away or swap with other schools. The forum is open to anyone from Camden & Islington schools involved in or wishing to develop a food growing project. Bookings can be made by emailing email@example.com
We have a new strand to our Growing Ideas enterprise project – exotic mushrooms! Check out these Grey Oysters …