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By Westover Farm, Jul 2 2013 08:00AM

Have just come across this blog by a school in the North of England who are getting out and enjoying the outdoors! They visit a woodland area of their local park on a weekly basis and the blog documents what the children learn, see and feel. It’s great that they have got everyone involved so they can get out of the classroom on a regular basis as it is important for children to experience learning outside of the classroom. It’s great to see examples of children solving problems, experiencing nature and getting muddy! I’m sure when the children go home at the end of the day it is all they talk about and something they remember for ages. Such a superb way for young people learn, let’s hope other schools are inspired!

By Westover Farm, Jun 27 2013 09:27AM

There appears to be some confusion amongst British children according to a recent poll by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). The BBC News article – ‘Cheese is from plants' - study reveals child confusion’ highlights some worrying perceptions of what children’s food is and where it comes from, including the perception that bread and pasta are made from meat! Let’s hope that the numerous campaigns and initiatives out there by different parties and groups will go some way to helping children understand where their food comes from and what they should be eating. Here on the Isle of Wight we are lucky enough to have some fantastic local produce and ventures such as the Cowes Food Show and Incredible Edible Wight showcase this. Of course, the best way to learn about where your food comes from is to visit the source! Westover Farm and several other Island farms offer the chance to visit a farm and discover where food begins….

By Westover Farm, Jun 4 2013 02:54PM

I've just read a fascinating article about Learning Holidays. It highlights the great opportunities that are available to us all over the world for us to learn new things at any age! Learning shouldn’t stop when you leave school and it shouldn’t just be restricted to the classroom (but we already knew that bit…!!) In the past we have hosted visits from groups of all ages visit the farm; from early years to the local WI, proving that anyone can benefit from a trip to the countryside….or Lapland…or the Masai Mara…!

By Westover Farm, May 23 2013 08:00AM

TES New Teachers recently published an article entitled “School Trips: a stress free guide to organising trips”. It reveals findings from Ofsted’s report “Learning outside the classroom: How far should you go?” in that schools and colleges are not utilising the benefits of schools trips. Having seen children of all ages visit the farm get a educational and exciting experience as well as positive feedback from teachers we can fully appreciate the value of learning outside of the classroom. I hope that new teachers in particular are inspired by the article and use the guide to explore options that will prove a powerful tool in their teaching.

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