Case Study: Beech Hill Primary School
Beech Hill Primary in Newcastle is an Outstanding National Support School with over 300 pupils. The school got fully into the spirit of Love British Food’s Bring Home the Harvest campaign by taking part not only in the National Harvest Service, but also by entering into the Search for Harvest Heroes competition, which they won!
Lots of activities took place over the whole term to be ready for the National Harvest Service, so to coincide with the harvest and work they were doing on WW1, the children researched the food grown in allotments across the country. Also, they visited a local care home to listen to the resident’s memories of growing up and life during the War. From this pupils thought about things to grow and recipes to cook. A WW1 afternoon was held where the residents were invited to enjoy a meal using our produce grown on the school’s allotment and entertaining them with our songs and poems.
Other activities have included:
- Year Three children learning about the process of ‘Farm to Fork’ through the Tesco Eat Happy Project.
- Year 6 children taking part in a healthy eating workshop, where the discovered the importance of a healthy breakfast and made their own fruit granola.
- A visit to local producer, Northumbrian Cheese Company, to discover how cheese is made.
- The school’s Gardening Club designing and making a scarecrow to protect our crops from the birds.
- The creations of art work, harvest poetry and prayers.
- A bread maker visiting the school to help the children make a Harvest bread sheaf and a selection of bread buns.
- Holding a traditional market to sell our harvest goods and produce to parents, to teach children about money and gain entrepreneur skills in the process.
A Harvest Thanksgiving assembly was led by the Rev Juliet Wrigglesworth, where traditional songs were sung and the children shared their poems and poetry. All produce donated was then shared amongst the local community.