Barnham Primary School’s farm visit shows teachers the value of real-life learning
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
A visit to an East Anglian farm taught primary pupils about the great outdoors – while headteachers learned how to make lessons come alive outside the classroom.
More than 80 children from Barnham Primary School, near Thetford, enjoyed forest cooking, den building, river flow studies and story-telling around a campfire during a day out at the Euston Estate, part of an ongoing educational partnership between the school and its neighbouring farm.
And they were joined by headteachers from London, Loughborough, Suffolk and Norfolk as part of a Prince's Teaching Institute imitative to help them develop richer curriculums, and take advantage of real-life learning opportunities.
Barnham headteacher Amy Arnold said: 'It enhances the children's learning, but also their knowledge of the wider world. For example, because of the recent snow, the river was too high for them to do river-dipping, so they are already understanding more about the impacts of that in the natural world.
'In particular, the children in the forest group said it makes any tricky learning in school seem easier, when they could be out here and feel more free.'
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