Children see the new National Curriculum brought to life as they discover first hand where their food comes from, explore lifecycles, discover the secret lives of birds and insects, learn about habitats and much more.
Be it Chickens, Bees, Life Cycles or Food Production, it’s always a privilege to support pupils as they experience something new and grow in their understanding. It all began in June ’11 when the Head Teacher of a large London Primary School brought a colleague to one of our courses with the aim of introducing chickens to the whole school. We then worked together to plan a strategy which involved sourcing equipment, working with the caretaker to prepare a safe area for the chickens, choosing chickens and training for staff and students. The culmination was a day at the school where we introduced the chickens, ran sessions with the ‘chicken volunteers’, questions & answers with staff, assemblies with key stages 1 & 2 and gave out certificates to the students who were now trained to look after their new hens. It has been a privilege to return to the school on other occasions to train new volunteers.
Since then we have welcomed schools to Hen Corner for visits, introduced chickens to other schools, visited schools to talk about bees, delivered hatching egg projects for the spring and lead INSET sessions for staff. More recently, we’ve brought our traditional food production skills into schools with special sessions on both bread making and cheese making.
We can plan a bespoke programme, that may include any of the above, specifically designed to meet the needs of you and your school.
Please see a recent school visit featured here.
‘Sara Ward, founder of Hen Corner, brings the countryside into your school. Sara uses her extensive experience and immediate, engaging delivery to offer sessions that inspire and delight… Sara’s sparkling and memorable workshops will enrich your curriculum and open the minds of pupils and teachers alike.’
Chris Spruce, Executive Headteacher, Heathland Whitefriars Federation.
‘Sara was a pleasure to welcome to The Holmewood School. Having already attended her fantastic chicken keeping course at her West London home, I knew our students would love her workshop. We are a small SEN school for high functioning autistic students and Sara instinctively knew the best way to deliver her sessions to a diverse group, differentiating accordingly from our youngest student of 7 years old to our oldest at 19. I was delighted with the amount of knowledge the students gained and I am currently looking into Sara delivering a bee keeping course in the summer term. I can’t recommend Sara highly enough.’
Naj D’Silva (Senior Teacher leading SMSC and personal development).