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"We all learnt a great deal about Farming - it helped the children to understand the idea of Farming more. A real hands on experience!"

By Reading School Year 4 teacher



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Bright and early this morning, though we were barely awake, Reuben and mum Jenny burst through the front door.  He is only two but then life is so exciting and everything, just everything, has to be done at full pace.  I was keen to test out a dustbin full of hazel blocks of all shapes and sizes that we had made for the school.  Reuben built them high; a train pointing to the sky with added sound, then demolition with shouts of delight.  But then on to the next thing, a walk through the woods but missing out feeding the chickens and collecting eggs.  “Look, look” as he ran ahead bursting with energy and then “run, run” as we slowly wandered under the canopy of trees. Then there was a small puddle, but one to savour.  It was only splashing modestly but still like a magnet, something very special. We miss out the swing and the fallen tree in the woods because today it is important to see tadpoles turned into frogs, but not before he falls flat on his face on the gravel track. He muddies the pond water forgetting the tiny creatures and then disappears through the dense undergrowth, but we can hear him so that is OK.  We pause to watch a snail lumbering across our path, then on through the field and weary.  It is surprising how heavy a two year old is.  He is passed from mum to me and then we swing him on the count of five, not three.  We are nearly home when he spies Steve who offers a look at his big tractor with a new trailer and so the energy surges again. Now it is lunch time and with jaws almost too tired to chew he eats, but then is bundled into the car, eyes shutting as the engine starts.

For us, further news is of schools wanting to book in for our Life Skills Course ‘Growing for Good’, and government support for this type of work. The Furlough scheme has been a lifeline to charities like ours and at this difficult time generous individual donations are going a long way to sustain and endorse the work we are doing.   Schools are being encouraged to have trips outside the classroom from September.  For Steve, his late planted organic crops have missed the drought, enjoyed the recent rains and so look set to produce a good harvest.

John Bishop