School Farms, ‘Providing rich learning experiences for children and communities’
'Through school farms, pupils can experience the natural world around them and outdoor learning activities are integrated into everyday teaching practises’
OFSTED has recognised the contribution of school farms in raising standards, stating that ‘the school farm has a very positive impact on learning and links with other schools’
Hylands School is almost unique in Essex County in having a thriving on-site school farm. The school farm is a tremendously valuable resource, which is accessed in some way by almost every curriculum department of our school. In particular, the farm provides Science and Mathematics students with access to practical activities linked to their GCSE courses, the farm is managed under the umbrella of our Science department.
The direct, hands-on nature of farm work can help learners develop their skills and use of multiple intelligences.
The farm environment stretches the gifted and extends the learning style of others’
There is a growing awareness of the importance of educating children about food and healthier lifestyles, and school farms have been recognised as a valuable teaching resource.
However, our school does not regard the farm as simply a facility for it’s own students, but makes it available to visiting students from other schools in the area.
We’d like to highlight the wide range of benefits and positive effects on learning that school farms can bring to a school, its teachers and students, and the local community. These can include very positive developments to; attendance, behaviour, diet/nutrition, health/well-being, raising achievement, enterprise/economic well-being, inclusion, learning outside the classroom, skills for life, sustainability, self-esteem/confidence, relevant/applied learning and much more.
"Food growing can increase children’s scientific knowledge, and their environmental awareness. It also teaches them practical skills that will be useful throughout their lives."