So as the farm staff busily potted up plants for the groups to take home with them (to have a go at growing their own), Hannah laboured over more Key stage 1 and 2 work sheets to enhance their tour and enable it to fit with their programme of study. Then the buses arrived, each on their own day.
Pencoys school arrived with their year 1 and reception pupils, who were doing their 'Business Enterprise Project'. After picking strawberries and gooseberries, off they went to make jams to sell at their school fayre while Lanner school split into groups after their tour of the farm. Each group took turns in picking their own fruits and were off to make gooseberry jam and chutney at school. We are told that they will be dropping some back to us this week and we will have this available to taste in the Farm Shop, accompanied by some new delicious ranges of biscuits just in.
The last group of the week, and often the most rewarding, were a group of autistic children with their carers from Three Bridges School. A different approach with much more emphasis on the senses of tastes and smells makes these tours a heart warming experience.