Our School Programmes
Our free school programmes help children to flourish. We offer learning experiences with real-world purpose, supporting wellbeing and bringing to life the big ideas of curriculum subjects. To find out more please sign up below.
The Nature of Home
The Nature of Home was a programme for schools in Harpenden and Luton, inspired by the history of former children’s home Highfield Oval. Pupils explored the meaning of home and belonging and learnt how to navigate new beginnings as they discover the stories of the children who came to live at Highfield Oval. They learnt and experienced how connecting with nature supports wellbeing. As historians, they explored archive materials, films and oral histories. And as artists they developed printing techniques, inspired by Highfield Oval’s printing heritage.
Resources produced to support history and PSHE are now freely available to all local schools here. The Nature of Home was made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Of 68 pupils completing our survey about the Nature of Home programme:
Our Partnership with Woodlands Secondary School
We offer tailored work experience programmes and class visits for Woodlands Secondary School, a special needs school in Luton. Woodlands work experience students have made an important contribution to the site, from planting chamomile, lavender and rose beds to supply our botanical remedy workshops, to painting our new apple shed! They also help with the preparation for our Thrive Outside days for fostering families. Class visits create the opportunity for younger students to enjoy nature-based crafts and gardening.
Our Global Home
Our Global Home offers schools the opportunity to learn about daily life, the meaning of home and the natural environment for children in very different parts of the world, directly from the children themselves. In our first Global Home project children in Harpenden Academy and three primary schools in Jinja, Uganda, created a book of art, poetry and reflective writing on the theme of home. The book is a celebration of the diversity and commonality of childhood experiences.