Enrichment

FARM PROJECT

Beechcliffe farm is a working farm set in a quiet rural area in Staffordshire where pupils work alongside the farmer to experience all aspects of farm life.

The animals allow a therapeutic approach to their learning. The farm offers opportunities for kinaesthetic, audio and visual learners.

Pupils assist in the handling and care of livestock, as well as learning about animal anatomy, animal welfare, and the agricultural industry.

Pupils assist in general maintenance around the farm; putting up fences, clearing trees, checking soil quality, stacking bales of hay, assisting move cattle and sheep from one part of the farm to another. This allows them to develop communication and leadership skills and learn to work as a team to complete tasks whilst keeping themselves and the animals safe.

Pupils sit together at the end of the provision and share a home cooked meal in the farmhouse kitchen.

learning aims for this provision include:

  • Learning to work as a team.
  • Increased self-esteem.
  • Development of communication skills
  • Improved numeracy through material handling and animal care
  • A wider understanding of food and its origins
  • Confidence working with and handling livestock and farm animals
  • Work experience
  • Raised aspirations to pursue a career in farming or associated industries.

Careers and Aspirations

This provision gives pupils an insight into the wide range of careers that area available within the farming industry.

Pupils have the opportunity to meet with other professionals such as vets, agricultural inspectors, agricultural mechanics, suppliers and purchasers.

They learn about the skills that are valued within the industry. They gain invaluable firsthand work experience as they learn to perform tasks to industry standards.


THE COMPANY OF HORSEMEN ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION THERAPY WITH HORSES

The Company of Horsemen is a family based equestrian business situated in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside.

The Company performs trick riding, jousting and western performances at shows and have also been used on the sets of various films and television productions.

In conjunction with The Company of Horsemen we have designed an outdoor provision programme which allows pupils the opportunity to study all aspects of caring for, riding and performing with horses. Pupils learn about stable management, grooming, feeding and health care. They also learn to ride both in the traditional sense and to perform stunt riding tricks.

The change in environment from a tradition classroom can help pupils to reengage with their learning and as horses are sensitive to body language this can help pupils to recognize and regulate their own emotions and behaviors.

Building a bond of trust with the horse can boost emotional wellbeing, confidence and self-worth. We have seen our students thrive with increased confidence and resilience as they develop new skills on this program.

learning aims for this provision include

  • Improved communication skills
  • Overcoming fears
  • Learning to work as a team
  • Building trust
  • Achieve goals
  • Improve resilience
  • Develop a sense of responsibility, respect and empathy
  • Work experience
  • Raised aspirations to go onto a career in the equine or associated industries.

Careers and aspirations

This provision gives pupils an insight into the wide range of careers that area available within the equine industry.

Pupils have the opportunity to meet with other professionals such as vets and farriers. They are able to shadow as well as gaining invaluable hands on work experience.

They learn about the skills that are valued direct from employers within the industry and learn to perform tasks to industry standards.

JP ALTERNATIVE EDucation

Qualifications

YMCA LEVEL 1 Body Image and Its Relationship To Wellbeing

John Muir Bush craft Award

Paddle power 1 and 2

The Julian Porter Outdoor Education Programme provides alternative, often non-competitive, avenues for achievement, as well as opportunities to develop independence and self-reliance.

Our pupils take part in a range of activities from rock climbing to hiking, mountain biking to kayaking, and even bush craft to cooking.

The inclusive programme allows every young person to take part at their own pace. Taking part in new challenges and overcoming fears allows pupil to develop resilience, confidence and to learn new skills.

Careers and Aspirations

  • This provision gives pupils valuable work experience necessary for careers in the Sports and Fitness Industries. Raised fitness levels are beneficial for those seeking a career in the Armed Forces, Police or Fire Service.
  • This provision encourages pupils to take on new challenges helping to raise self-esteem and aspirations. It promotes direct learning using safe practice in challenging environments. It also promotes a healthy lifestyle and an appreciation for areas of outstanding natural beauty.

LANDBASED PROJECT - agricultural studies

This is a bespoke provision created specifically for the pupils at The Hollies by The Company of Horsemen. The course is designed to give pupils a practical insight into Farming, Land Maintenance and Equestrian industries.

Pupils have hands on experience in making, repairing and maintaining the different types of fencing necessary for livestock and for the protection of crops. They are involved in the making and maintenance of drainage ditches.

Pupils also gain knowledge of grazing land maintenance and the principles of grass land and crop fertilization.

General stable management is also covered.

Basic farm machinery maintenance is also covered giving pupils additional work experience in mechanics.

learning aims for this provision include

  • Improved organizational skills and time management
  • Planning skills
  • Learning to work as a team
  • Raised self-esteem and confidence.
  • Improved resilience
  • Enhanced communication skills
  • Work experience
  • Raised aspirations to study further to pursue a career in agriculture, equestrian or horticultural industries.

Careers and aspirations

This provision gives pupils an insight into the wide range of careers that area available within the agricultural, equestrian and horticultural industries.

Pupils try out a wide variety of tasks to enable them to discover their strengths.

They learn about the skills that are valued direct from employers within the industry and learn to work to industry standards.

Practical hands on work experience on this provision covers a wide range of skills including building, maintenance and motor mechanics.