Royal Horticultural Society
Growing plants can provide practical data for maths, real reasons for writing letters or keeping diaries to develop language skills, and inspiration for creative writing and art. Even subjects such as citizenship can be approached through gardening; planning, developing and cultivating a garden are ideal opportunities for encouraging social responsibility and community involvement, and pupils may also learn something about local politics!
The Harmony Project
The Harmony Project aims to transform education to ensure it is fit for purpose in preparing young people to engage with the environmental and social challenges we face, not just to pass exams. They work with educators to develop learning that is based upon a deep understanding of, and connection to, the natural world – learning that will equip students with the skills they need to live more sustainably.
A a not-for-profit organisation based at Honeydale Farm, a diverse 107 acre mixed farm in the Cotswolds. Their mission is to provide learning spaces and events that inspire, educate and connect people to build sustainable farming and food systems that nourish people and regenerate the planet. They operate from on site eco buildings; multifunctional educational, meeting and conference space, and a farm to fork kitchen and demonstration area
The UK’s only Food Museum, located in East Anglia, ‘Britain’s Breadbasket’. Their mission is to connect people with where our food comes from and the impact of our choices: past, present and future. They believe food is culture and is an avenue for everyday creativity. The collection is rooted in East Anglia and use it to tell broad and inclusive stories. From cheese-making to brewing, historic breads to seasonal eating, they are here to engage audiences with the heritage of food and the communities who grow and make it. They aim to explore themes connected by food – social, historical, technological, industrial, environmental – and to give visitors hands-on experiences which bring processes alive, teach skills and share memories
An understanding of growing through real experience and connection to the living world needs to begin in the early years. These experiences are easily embedded within the core principles, values and areas of learning for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Growing Schools supports early-years settings, including child minders, to give all children the opportunity to connect with the living environment.
International Tree Foundation
The International Tree Foundation have produced the educational programme ‘Tree Power’. Tree Power supports teachers and schools to inspire new generations about the local and global importance of trees and forests through an innovative combination of global learning and outdoor learning. The first Tree Power Teachers’ Resource Pack provides Key Stage 2 teachers with 8 interlinked sessions to deliver with their class. It is a cross-curricular resource and will help primary teachers to deliver a range of curriculum elements in a creative and engaging way.
Ripple Effect (formerly) Send a Cow
Send a Cow Education produces a range of teaching resources and experiences to help bring development to life in school, and link the classroom and garden to the reality of life in many African countries.