Teaching the teachers

LEAF Education has teamed up with former Bayer/FACE Award winner Rosie Jeffries from Greatworth Hall Farm to help and support Oxford Brookes BA Primary Education students to focus on how teaching beyond the classroom impacts upon children’s learning.

The collaboration is part of a year-long project working with the university which has seen LEAF Education REC Elizabeth Lake presenting to BA Primary Education students about how farm visits are a great way of delivering humanities subjects to young learners. Trainee teachers have then had the opportunity to put theory into practice out on the farm with the help and support of Rosie and her team.  LEAF Education will follow up with a series of practical workshops to be delivered at the university later in the academic year.

Harriet Themens, one of four final year students given a work placement at Greatworth Hall Farm recently said: “I first heard of Greatworth Hall Farm during an 8 week placement at Hayford Park Pre-school and was eager to have the opportunity to see why the children were so excited about visiting here.”  Harriet has seen how activities on the farm can be linked to a wide range of subjects in the primary curriculum including English. Maths, Science and Food technology with students cooking recipes from food sourced directly from the farm.