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 is a programme for schools in Harpenden and Luton, inspired by the history of former children’s home Highfield Oval. Pupils will explore the meaning of home and belonging and learn how to navigate new beginnings as they discover the stories of the children who came to live at Highfield Oval. They will learn and experience how connecting with nature and making a community contribution to support wellbeing. As historians, they will explore archive materials, films and oral histories. As geographers they will help design food growing and wellbeing gardens drawing on the site’s natural resources and as artists they will develop printing techniques, inspired by Highfield Oval’s printing heritage.

Throughout the programme schools will take part in a range of learning activities, including tree planting and food growing within the Oval’s historic orchard, a printing museum visit, inter-generational activities and a final art exhibition. The core programme supports the PSHE, history, geography and art and design curriculum for upper key stage 2. The Nature of Home is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of Making and Growing at Highfield Oval.

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The Nature of Home encompasses three fully resourced topics:

Home & Belonging

Exploring the meaning of home, belonging and transition through a personal and historical lens.

Subjects: PSHE, history

Nurture & Nature

Working geographical to design and develop new sustainable food growing and wellbeing gardens at the Oval, harnessing the site’s natural resources and planting trees.

Subjects: PSHE, geography

Lasting Impressions

Printmaking, inspired by Highfield Oval’s printing heritage, to celebrate and campaign for the natural world, culminating in an outdoor art exhibition.

Subject: Art & Design

Home & Belonging

Exploring the meaning of home, belonging and transition through a personal and historical lens.

Subjects: PSHE, history

Nurture & Nature

Working geographical to design and develop new sustainable food growing and wellbeing gardens at the Oval, harnessing the site’s natural resources and planting trees.

Subjects: PSHE, geography

Lasting Impressions

Printmaking, inspired by Highfield Oval’s printing heritage, to celebrate and campaign for the natural world, culminating in an outdoor art exhibition.

Subject: Art & Design

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. Our Global Home will run in parallel with the Nature of Home from 2020. It will offer children here and in Jinja the chance to collaborate on action they are taking to protect and celebrate the natural world.

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Schools in Harpenden and Luton wanting to find out more about the opportunities we offer, please sign up to our news bulletin.