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.

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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.

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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.