As part of our school improvement plan, we want our children to experience a broad, balanced curriculum that provides enjoyable and memorable opportunities for everyone. Our school vision emphasises the importance of ‘learning in different environments’ and how children can continue to ‘take an active part in their community’.
As a school, not only are we very fortunate to be blessed by beautiful grounds, but we are also surrounded by an amazing rural countryside. To make the most of this fantastic environment and to enable our pupils to engage actively with our community, we have established strong links with a local farm on the Lockerley Estate.
Craig Livingstone, who is one of our parents, is the manager at the farm – and he is really excited about opening up the farm to our children. The Lockerley Estate Farm now grows winter wheat, winter barley, oilseed rape, winter oats, spring beans and spring barley – not to mention the forest management and access to livestock.
We are now in the process of organising a programme of dates for every child to visit the farm throughout the year. It is intended that each class will make at least two visits a year – exploring where our food comes from; how it is grown; where it is distributed to. The benefits are endless and with their recently installed classroom facilities, I am sure that the children will enjoy working on the farm and learning so much about their rural community in the process.
I am sure that you will agree that this is an amazing opportunity for our children at West Tytherley. We are extremely grateful to Craig and his team for the effort and commitment that they have already shown in getting this brilliant project off the ground. We will keep in touch with you all and let you know how this is going.