2023-2024 education programme launched


05 September 2023
Kids Country announces new planting and harvesting dates.

KIDS Country, the education programme run by the East of England Agricultural Society for children aged five to 11 years, has launched its 2023-24 academic year events calendar, featuring potato growing and harvesting.

Kids Country’s Education Manager, Sandra Lauridsen, said: “We are offering a more flexible approach, with our whole events programme re-worked to deliver our usually fully booked events programme into the playground and classroom. Teachers don’t need to worry about stretching the budget to coach costs, and we hope this will help even more children experience Kids Country events.”

Kids Country has announced a new Farm Twinning event for 2024, offering primary schools across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire the chance to ‘twin’ with a local farm. Kids Country has created a workshop that will see growers local to each school coming into the classroom and developing a real relationship with those schools to help children become better connected with the field-to-fork journey of their food.

Grow Your Own Produce planting activities will take place on March 5th, 6th and 8th, and harvesting will take place on July 9th, 10th and 12th.

At Newark Hill Academy, Peterborough, earlier this year, the teaching team said: “It was great for the children to get their hands dirty and learn about how potatoes and lettuce are grown, they really enjoyed it!”

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Sandra continued: “We think that children learn best when education is delivered in a hands-on and imaginative way, and of course food, farming and countryside topics lend themselves so well to that.

“As well as the confirmed programme, the Kids Country team, supported by volunteers, farmers and local food producers, we are always open to discussing creating bespoke workshops for schools – if there is a particular aspect of the curriculum that your school is interested in working into an event, then please do get in touch. In the last school year this has also included delivering workshops into school summer holiday clubs.”

Kids Country works with thousands of primary school children every year to bring food, farming and countryside learning directly into the classroom and playground. For more details, or to get involved, contact Sandra here.  

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