Pick and mix from our suggested topics and activities to create a package that best fits your learning objectives. Activities can be adapted to suit all levels of learning and ability.

FOOD – GROW, COOK, AND EAT!

Fork to Fork –cook and eat (2-3 hours)

Learning Outcomes:
Cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients
Trying new foods
Learning basic food preparation skills
Working together
Reading and following instructions.
Writing for a purpose

Curriculum links:
DT food: Eating, raw and cooked ingredients, growing ingredients, varied diet, how seasons affect food. Maths: Measuring, weight, mass, capacity, volume, time English: listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers, comprehension, spelling and handwriting

 

A unique opportunity for pupils to harvest, cook and eat fresh ingredients from our grounds in our fully equipped kitchen. Choose from seasonal recipes such as fresh pasta & pesto, bread, pizza, ketchup, soup or ice cream. Careful supervision is provided with knife skills, cooking techniques and food hygiene. All pupils are encouraged to try the food they have helped prepare and produce their own copy of the recipe to take home.

Food Walkabout (1hr)

minibeast mayhem 5Learning Outcomes:
Understanding where & how food is grown.
Observing raw, growing ingredients
Listening, learning new vocabulary and applying/recalling it.
Working together
Discovering the effect of seasons, weather and growing methods on food
 

Curriculum links:
DT food: raw and cooked ingredients, growing ingredients, varied diet, how seasons affect food. Science: plants, seasonal changes, English: vocabulary, listening, asking relevant questions to extend understanding and knowledge

Pupils take a guided walk around our orchard, fruit cage, poly tunnel and raised bed gardens seeing how fruits and vegetables are grown first hand and using their senses to taste, smell and touch new ingredients. Afterwards they are challenged to retrace their steps on a Tuppenny Barn treasure hunt and recall some of the new things they have discovered.

 

 

Unpacked Lunch (1 hour)

Learning Outcomes:
Connecting raw ingredients with processed/packaged food.
Mapping where different food comes from
Sorting and identifying healthy and unhealthy foods
Reading and understanding packaging and food labels
 

Curriculum links:
DT food: Eating, raw and cooked ingredients, growing ingredients, Geography: travelling, using maps, location knowledge. Maths: number, adding and subtracting, measuring and scale. English: vocabulary, listening, asking relevant questions to extend understanding and knowledge

Pupils are assisted in identifying the raw ingredients of the products in a typical lunch box. Together they discover how and where the ingredients are farmed, plotting them on a giant world map to see how far they have travelled. They are then encouraged to sort foods into different categories and decide if they are healthy, sustainable or not.

How Does It Grow? (1 hour 30 mins)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALearning Outcomes: Understanding how seasons affect food
Sorting and identifying different crops
Visual communication, writing and drawing
Learning about the lifecycle of plants
 

Curriculum links:
DT food: Eating, raw and cooked ingredients, growing ingredients, how seasons affect food. Science: plants, seasonal changes English: vocabulary, listening, asking relevant questions to extend understanding and knowledge, writing, spelling and presentation. Art: colour, pattern, line, shape, space

Looking at an example crop on site, pupils learn about the plant’s life cycle from seed to fruit. They will make a paper pot to plant their own seed to take away. They play the seasonal food wheel game, and design a poster about seasonality or crop life cycles.

SUSTAINABILITY SUSSED

Rubbish matters (1 hour)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALearning Outcomes:
Understanding the impact and scale of rubbish in the environment.
Learning about alternative options for waste
Creative thinking
Discovering how objects change over time.
 

Curriculum links:
Science: plants, animals and humans, uses of everyday materials, collecting data, size and scale, History: past, present and future Maths: number, adding and subtracting, measuring and scale.

Pupils will discover where our rubbish ends up and have a go at putting rubbish items on the decomposition timeline. They will see examples of clever recycling and visit our giant wormery as they learn about making compost. Through our Scrapheap Challenge they can have a go at inventing a new use for unwanted objects.

No bricks allowed! (1 hour)

Learning Outcomes:
Exploring an example of an eco built structure
Applying information practically
Discovering different material properties
Thinking creatively
Working together

Curriculum links:
Science: uses of everyday materials, difference and similarity between natural and man made, size and scale, DT: DMA design: purpose, function, appeal, templates and mock ups. Tech: Structures stronger, stiffer, more stable, mechanisms. Maths: measuring and scale

Taking inspiration from our eco-built education centre, pupils will design a house made from recycled or natural materials. They will be encouraged to play with different building materials discovering their properties to inform their designs.

Maggie Haynes – Local Hero (45 mins)

Learning Outcomes
Discovering how and why Tuppenny Barn was started
Seeing how past decisions have impacted the local area
Predicting how today’s decisions might impact the future
Engaging in question and answer time
Creative writing

Curriculum links:
History: (local) past,present and future, people affect recent past, Geography: My local area English: listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and handwriting, asking questions to further understanding

Maggie started Tuppenny Barn in 2005, when it was just a neglected plot of land and an old barn. Through an interactive tour pupils will hear the story of how and why she started it, how it has changed and the plan she has for it’s future. They will be encouraged to ask her questions. Pupils can then write the story of Tuppenny Barn in their own words either on site or back in the school classroom.

WILDLIFE ON OUR DOORSTEP

What’s the buzz about bees? (1 hour)

Chichester-20130430-00039-2Learning Outcomes:
Understanding the role of bees in the ecosystem and the threats they face
Learning what actions can be taken to help bees survival
Working together
Visual communication of recalled information

Curriculum links:
Science: animals incl humans, collecting data, observing different groups of animals,DT:DMA: materials and media, design, purpose, appeal. English: comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and handwriting, asking questions to further understanding

Pupils will see our working beehives and learn about the important role of bees. They can do the bee quiz, try on a bee keepers outfit, and learn about cross pollination and hive culture through games and activities. They will then design an informative packet for bee friendly seeds, which they can take away to plant at home.

minibeast mayhem 14What’s in the pond? (30mins-1hour)

Learning Outcomes
Examining live pond life
Identifying and sorting animals into different groups
Experiencing habitats
Understanding animal life cycles

Curriculum links:
Science: animals incl humans, collecting data, observing different groups of animals, Maths: measuring, counting, tallying English: vocabulary, listen and respond appropriately, asking questions to further understanding

Pupils will have a go at pond dipping, identifying and grouping the pond life they find using charts and diagrams. Using picture cards, diagrams and games they will arrange the life cycle stages of a frog and relate this to their findings.

Minibeast Mayhem (1-2 hours)

Learning Outcomes:
Observing natural habitats
Discovering wildlife in a natural surrounding
Independent investigation skills
Exploring the different roles of wildlife in nature

Curriculum links:
Science: animals incl humans, collecting data, observing different groups of animals, Maths: measuring, counting, tallying. DT:DMA: design:purpose,function, appeal templates and mock ups. make: cutting, shaping, joining finishing English: vocabulary, listen and respond appropriately, asking questions to further understanding

Pupils will observe mini beast habitats and go on a mini beast hunt around our grounds. They can have a go at making their own habitats using recycled and found materials, take the ladybird quiz, and play the mini beast: friend or foe game.

NATURALLY CREATIVE

Natural sculpture (1 hour)

Learning Outcomes:
Creative thinking
Working together
Looking at other artists work for inspiration
Experimenting with new materials and structures
Communication skills

Curriculum Links:
Art: choosing to create, artists and art, materials and media, colour, pattern, line, shape, form and space, range of artists, craft makers, designers. English: speaking and listening

Pupils will take a look at examples of artist’s use of natural objects in sculpture. Working in groups they will collect found materials around our grounds to create an outdoor sculpture or other artwork and present it to the group.

Natural performers (1 hr 30 mins)

Tuppenny BarnLearning Outcomes:
Creative thinking
Working together
Looking at other artists work for inspiration
Writing, listening & performing
Designing and making working instruments

Curriculum Links:
Art: choosing to create, artists and art, materials and media, range of artists, craft makers, designers. Music: play instruments, detect differences between sounds, use voices, sing, chant and rhyme, listen to live and recorded music, create, select and combine sounds, English: vocabulary, writing, speaking and listening.

Pupils will listen to the work of poets and musicians who have been inspired by nature, and can have a go at writing a poem or song inspired by what they have seen at Tuppenny Barn. Working together, they will use plants, vegetables, fruits and recycled objects to make instruments and have a go at writing a song or poem inspired by what they have seen at Tuppenny Barn.

Colour works (1 hr 30 mins)

IMG_20150824_132237Learning Outcomes:
Discovering natural art materials
Identifying variants of the same colour
Mixing and making colours
Creative thinking
Working together

 Curriculum Links:
Art: choosing to create, artists and art, materials and media, colour, pattern, line, shape, form and space, range of artists, craft makers, designers. Science: plants, everyday materials, collecting data, natural and man made. Maths: Measuring, weight, mass, capacity, volume, time

Pupils will explore the grounds at Tuppenny Barn mapping and recording the colours they see in the plants and trees around them. They will have a go at making natural dyes and use them to create unique artworks and collages.