INFANTS CATEGORY: Judge’s comments about the school projects

(Schools listed in alphabetical order)

Compton All Saints Primary School
The Key Stage one classes had visited Holden Farm and used their visit to enhance a wide range of curriculum subjects.  The judges were particularly impressed with the originality of their approaches, the adverts for new tractors, the design and build of horse trailers, tractor poems and how tractors had impacted society positively and negatively.

The quality of all the work on display was fabulous and showed that the pupils had covered every aspect of the national curriculum, clearly been inspired by their farm visit.  The written work was of a particularly high standard, and demonstrated a good understanding of many important and current issues.  The pupils confidently share their work with the judges and were very keen to share their knowledge.

North Waltham Primary School
A class of year 2 pupils had visited Herriard Park Farm only a couple of weeks before the Judge’s visit to learn about the chickens and sheep being raised on the farm, to explore the gardens and the livery yard as well as the arable enterprises and to enjoy a tour of the fields in a trailer.  Their display evidenced their clear enjoyment of their time at the farm with wonderfully detailed recounts and beautiful artwork.  The children had also investigated their favourite aspect of the day, and produced instruction manuals for budding farmers.  Throughout the display it was clear that the horses had proved to be incredibly popular!  The pupils were incredibly enthusiastic and did a great job of showing how much they had enjoyed the project and how much they had learnt.

St Bede Primary School
The pupils from years 1 and 2 had visited Holden Farm and enjoyed a variety of activities, such as learning about slow worms, farm machinery, arable farming, and bee keeping.  It was very clear that they had been inspired by what they had learnt about bees.  The children had explored every aspect of bees, from the hive, to honey making, to the role of the queen bee, to the collecting and use of honey.  A local beekeeper had visited the school to further their knowledge and the children had enjoyed trying their honey samples.  Overall, they were very well informed and enthusiastic about the project.  The Judges were particularly impressed with the depth of their knowledge, as all of the children questioned were able to confidently answer questions without prompting.

Sun Hill Infants School
Almost 50 key stage one pupils had visited Chiltern Manor Farm and thoroughly enjoyed their visit which had been used to enhance many areas of the national curriculum.  The display demonstrated the childrens’ love of art with beautiful pencil sketches of arable crops and a green ‘Turner inspired’ background to the board.  Pictures had been enhanced using levers, and bottle tops were used to produce a large tractor picture inspired by the tractor on the farm.

The visit had inspired scientific experiments as the children investigated what plants need to grow and their home-grown porridge which had been planted during the visit was doing well under their care.  All of the children questioned were able to confidently answer questions without prompting.  The Judges admired the school’s use of the visit to enhance all areas of the national curriculum and the high standard of work on display.

Upham Primary School
The reception class had visited Wintershill Farm and been inspired by their day.  Their enthusiastic recounts of their trip, and their obvious love of all things farming had inspired a great range of different activities, including growing vegetables (potatoes were graded and counted), exploring different foods using colourful mind maps and researching how they preferred to eat their eggs.  The visit had clearly been used to enhance the children’s learning across every aspect of the national curriculum, helping the children develop their confidence with numeracy, matching, history, literacy, artwork and science.  The Judges were particularly impressed with the thank you letters that had been written to the farmers, as they demonstrated a particularly high standard of writing and grammar.

The judging this year was incredibly difficult as all the schools had produced great work and used their farm visits so differently.  After a lot of ‘going round in circles’ we are pleased to announce that the Infants category was won by Compton All Saints Primary School, for the quality and range of work displayed, and the enthusiasm of their pupils.

Whilst the highly commended award goes to Sun Hill Infant School for their beautifully presented display which clearly demonstrated how much learning the children had enjoyed.

JUNIORS CATEGORY: Judge’s comments about the school projects

(Schools listed in alphabetical order)

Liss Junior School
Pupils from the Resource Provision Unit had visited Wintershill Farm and enjoyed a wide variety of activities exploring many aspects of farming.  The project had clearly benefitted from the farm visit, although it was evident, that even before the visit they had begun to explore the world of bees.

The project was highly focussed, covering a huge range of topics, across all curriculum areas.  The project included making bee life cycle spinning wheels, observational drawings of bees, making a model hive, creating tessellations & mazes, 3D models of bees, cooking project which included honey flapjacks which were delicious, and a large, colourful bee collage that had been made up of individual A4 sheets that made up the whole.

The children were incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable as they shared their love of outdoor learning and their visit to the farm.

Western Primary School
The school had completed a detailed and well considered Food For Thought project in conjunction with their visit to the Matterley Estate, exploring dairy and arable farming.

The project involved a great range of elements, from design-your-own-farm posters, understanding food journeys/miles using case studies such as bananas from Africa & rice from Japan by creating comic strips.  The children explored healthy v unhealthy eating and designed their own Eat Well Plates, including preparing & eating the food they had chosen.  Labelled drawings of the root systems of plants, and print block drawings of the food from the Hungry Caterpillar had also been done to enhance the topic.  A beautifully presented project produced by wonderfully enthusiastic pupils.

The Junior Category this year has been won by Liss Junior School for their wonderful exploration into the world of bees, which enhanced so many areas of the national curriculum.  They were particularly impressed with the flapjacks and how the pupils had become so passionate about the subject.

EXTRAORDINARY CATEGORY: Judge’s comments about the school projects

The Extraordinary Category this year was an incredibly close contest, with only two marks between the schools.  The trophy has been awarded to St Bede Primary School for their wonderfully inspiring project on bees, the Judges just couldn’t get over how much the children knew about every aspect of bees and their role within pollination.