Miracle Catchers - For children aged 3-12 on Saturday afternoons - 24th and 1st May, and 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th June 2021 between 14:00 – 16:00
Who are our groups aimed at?
All children 3 -12 (younger children are welcome supported by a parent/ carer). Adults of children aged 5 or over are welcome to join in the session but can drop off and pick up their children at the end of the session. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
What are Farm School groups like?
At Farm School, we, the leaders and growers co-design and follow a scheme of work based on the seasons and a child-led pedagogy that focuses on the discovery, and capitalises on the senses, logical as well as intuitive reasoning. Our activities involve the hands, hearts, and heads, and revolve around food and healthy eating in particular and understanding and looking after nature and the environment in general.
What will we be doing during Miracle Catchers?
Throughout 6 weeks we will be:
Caring and growing as we:
- sow courgette, spring onion and pea seeds
- pot up tomato seedlings and plant, mulch and weed our raspberry canes
- prepare a new bed to create a ‘snack bed’ of fast growing vegetable delights for farmschoolers to enjoy when on site
Cooking and nourishing as we:
- harvest and prepare a fresh mint sauce for salad dressing or to enjoy with a roast dinner back at home
- make and share rosemary and sage risotto
- harvest, prepare and enjoy a spring feast for the last session
Creating and making as we:
- experience ‘forest bathing’ - immerse ourselves in the multi sensory experience of the woodland - what can you hear? Smell? See? Feel? Possibly even taste?
- identify trees from their leaves, bark and buds, and learn about the role of trees on the farm. Then collect leaves from a variety of plants to make rubbings from
- hunt for mini beasts at farm school, learning more about identifying them and the important role they play in nature. Make minibeast models from clay
What do I need to bring?
- Extra snacks, water bottles, appropriate clothing and sun cream if needed.
-In light of COVID-19, we would like you to bring your own hot drink flask, if you need one, and a reusable cup, bowl, and cutlery when indicated by your group leader prior to the session please.
-Bring a bag/box to take a harvest share home from our Farm School crop.
-We wish to keep our paper towel use to an absolute minimum, so please bring a small labelled (if possible) hand towel for your child to use during the session.
Who is leading my group?
Angela or Fatma TBC (please refer to our bio in the main Farm School page here)
What have we done to reassure you during Covid-19?
1. We manage capacity
As always, we limit our capacity to 10 bookable spaces maximum per group (one or two children maximum can book accompanied by one adult only) which is a maximum of 20 adults and children at one time.
2. We run courses for the same group of people every week (a bubble, if you like)
Each course will have the same group at the same allotted time each week for the whole 6-week half term. Spaces are available for booking, one space per child, adults don’t need to book.
3. We facilitate distancing by being outdoors in a spacious, open natural site and also by:
- Using our newly built and floored open shelter with spaced out benches and work surfaces with wipeable tops to allow enough space for each family.
- Providing a disinfectant hand gel on-site and using two spaced out handwash sinks in addition to a double washing up sink.
- Being mindful while planning for our sessions to spread participants out at work areas (weeding in separate beds, cooking and food preparation on different work surfaces, and harvesting from different plants, or alternating the tasks, for example).
What do we expect of you?
- Book your course as soon as they go online (a maximum of two children and one adult per family).
- Carefully read our handbook, and Covid-19 policy, and return booking forms by email before the start of the course; both will be sent out in a welcome email upon booking.
- Stay at home if you or anyone in your household displays symptoms of Covid-19.
- Respect Social distancing by following the guidelines in our handbook and the group leaders’ instructions.
- Bring your own gloves, bowls, water bottles/ flasks, and cutlery.
Have you got any questions for us?
Please don’t hesitate to either
- Or message us on our Shillingford Organics Farm School FB. Page here: