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FFS/FACE First Regional Conference Gets To Grips with the Curriculum!
Thursday, 01 April 2010 12:35

WelliesThe first FFS/FACE Regional Conference took place on March 31st when we hoped for lovely Spring sunshine but were greeted by cold winds and hail showers!


Nina HatchNot daunted, Centre Manager at Mount Pleasant School Farm Nina Hatch gave a warm welcome to nearly 30 delegates.  The Centre is a unique co-operation between the Worgan Trust and Birmingham City Council and boasts a brand new sustainable building based on a working beef and dairy farm in Worcestershire.

Following an introduction by FACE Executive Director Bill Graham, farmer Robert Kynaston spoke about ways of encouraging schools to learn from visiting farms and shared his experiences of helping children to use all their senses to appreciate everything the farm has to offer.

FACE West Midlands co-ordinator Brian Hainsworth rose to the challenge of making the study of the new primary curriculum for 2011 a fun experience!  Delegates grappled with the structure of the curriculum and came to understand its workings, armed with post it notes, big sheets of flip chart paper and marker pens.

The hard work was rewarded with a substantial lunch and delegates enjoyed the chance to meet each other and exchange ideas.

The afternoon was divided between a tour of the farm, braving the elements to visit the pig, the chickens and the cattle; and an active workshop with Jo Perry of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust who offered more inspiration about ways of enriching the curriculum.

 

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