Core Creative Education CIC

creative arts & outdoor education

Outcomes for Children and Young People

Outcomes for Young People

What outcomes will the young people achieve from attending Outdoor Education sessions?

  • A greater understanding of the close relationship between the seasons and traditional rural life.
  • An appreciation of the importance of working with nature to raise healthy animals and produce nutritious food in a compassionate and sustainable manner.
  • Through learning a range of  craft activities the children will learn to value the skills of a craftsman and the patience needed to create a useful object, the history and significance to the rural way of life of crafts and how the crafts fit into the yearly cycle of a small farm.
  • The outdoor activities help individuals to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others increasing confidence and self-esteem, through the whole range of activities.
  • All the activities are designed to engage and motivate and to be achievable tasks.   We will support each child to have the opportunity to develop their interests and skills, develop physical, emotional and social skills and develop creative thinking. Our programs are aimed at developing and reaching personal potential.
  • An increased sense of personal wellbeing derived from direct contact with the natural world.
  • Increased fitness and associated health benefits as a result of working outside.

 Themes and activities that feed into our Outdoor Education sessions:

Winter months– Tree/woods care (planting trees, pollarding, coppicing, laying hedges, developing varied and rich ecosystems, green woodworking with traditional tools). Infrastructural improvement/repair (fencing, building gates, restoring paths). Animal care (folding sheep, dusting chickens, repairing animal shelters). Preparing for spring (mulching growing areas, cleaning greenhouses/polytunnels). Harvesting/preparing/storing willow and hedgerow weaving materials.

Spring months– Trees and plants (Identification and survey of wild flowers and trees on the farm). Propagating seeds/ spring planting. Weaving with willow, hedgerow basket making and using winter coppiced material to make sheep hurdles. Animal care (incubating/hatching chicks, feeding orphan lambs, hatching tadpoles). River dipping.

Summer months– Cutting/storing hay for winter feed. Harvesting and cooking with fresh produce from the polytunnel/greenhouse/garden. Shearing the sheep, processing the fleece (carding, spinning, dying, felting). Identification and importance of insects including looking after the bee hive.  Animal tracking – identifying animal tracks, especially hedgehogs.

Autumn months– Apple harvest and pressing juice. Harvesting and processing vegetables (pickles, jams, chutneys, drying). Foraging for wild food. Mushroom identification. Digging, processing and using clay (making wattle and daub walls, making pots and firing ceramics).

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