A Food Education Case Study
Aylesford Sports College
Each term a group students from the College’s Bridge project attended a weekly 50 minute session. At Communigrow they experience the natural world and learn about food and plant cycles in practical sessions from adults with a passion for the environment. Each session was carefully planned to cover aspects of the National Curriculum programs of study and included hands on activities and where appropriate joined in with growing tasks on the field.
“Students have grown in confidence and look forward to the sessions and in time have started to work as a productive team, each respecting the need for co-operation and respect. Students have had the opportunity to build on the character education and our school values. These are:
Respect, Confidence, Self-discipline, Integrity, Open- mindedness, Courage, Compassion, Motivation, Resilience, Curiosity
The students involved have been excited by the practical element and have mentioned that they have benefited in science from the topics covered by Communigrow, especially the work on different soil types and drainage. A full time student of the Bridge provision, who has specific challenges with group work and listening has been able to reintegrate back into mainstream lessons. He has taken the soft skills gained at Communigrow back into the classroom and is so far doing very well. Students have all said that they come back from Communigrow calmer and value the time spent at the project.”
The Bridge, Aylesford School
We were asked to provide a lesson on seed dispersal. The following lesson drew on the wide variety of species we have growing on site to illustrate different ways in which this occurs. We were able to ‘walk and talk’ as we moved around the field discussing how the various seeds we found are dispersed and could see self-seeded spinach plants, evidence of mammals hiding seeds, a tiny oak sapling etc. We returned to the Yurt to look more closely at the seeds pupils had collected themselves and they were fully engaged and able to explain the adaptations needed for each method of dispersal. Harvesting bean seeds at the end of the session gave them the opportunity to work alongside other adults and work cooperatively.