12th December 2018
For the last apprenticeship session of 2018, we spent some time working on our Outdoor Learning maps and plans. Working in pairs or groups of three, we plotted where each feature would go in the Outdoor Learning Area, what materials it would be made out of and what activities it could be used for. We had some very interesting ideas, which included a cocktail bar for teachers!
We talked about what communication means (body language as well as what you are saying and how you are saying it) and how to improve it with our peers and the adults around us. I was really impressed with how many different suggestions the group came up with, when thinking about what the word ‘communication’ involves.
We also did some team-building and communication activities as part of our discussion on how important communication is for most jobs.
21st November 2018
Today, we learnt about the role and skills involved in being a Landscape Architect. We talked about the different areas they work in and thought carefully about the skills and responsibilities they have: design an area, carry out inspections, think about the views of the people who live nearby, make sure they understand what their customer wants (and what is actually possible). The children also learnt about leading a team, planning what, when, where and how
Then, we took our clipboards and pencils outside, so that we could explore Hartford’s Outdoor Learning Area. We each drew a map of what was already there and talked about our ideas of how it could be improved. Keeping in mind the skills that a Landscape Architect would need, we will next use our knowledge to draw a new map which included the ideas we had discussed together. Eventually, we will produce a single map to present to Mr Davis.
8th October 2018
Today, we set off to the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, to explore the grounds and learn about the different jobs and skills involved in running such a huge place (over 42 acres). We were greeted by Sandie Cain, who is an Education Project Manager at the Gardens. We went to the Schools Garden and Sandie introduced herself and her role while we had a snack. We then explored the amazing greenhouses, looking at plants and trees that grow in alpine, rainforest and other climates. We learnt about ‘The Bug Man’ who supplies the Gardens with special packets of bugs that eat other bugs which would otherwise destroy the plant life. They do not use pesticides at all.
We also ran around a grass maze, climbed a rising path structure which had lots of information about the evolution of plants from single cells, touched and smelt flowers in the sensory garden area, and learnt about lots of different trees, including the Wollemia nobilis – a pine tree which was around in pre-historic times! Finally, after we had eaten lunch and had a play, we planted bulbs (tulips) and plants (pansies) to be kept at the Schools Garden. After we had finished potting these, Sandie let us take a plant home each to remember our visit. It was brilliant!
26th September 2018
In our first session today we began by exploring what we are good at and what our skills are. We shared the things that we thought others in the team were capable of too.
We thought carefully about what skills are needed in the world of jobs. In preparation for the next couple of sessions, we also learnt about the main skills and duties of people who are involved in managing the land. We came up with lots of different jobs, including cemetery and football grounds people, as well as gardeners, horticulturalists and tree surgeons. The group decided that you would need to love working outdoors (in all weathers), be fit and physically strong, be good at planning and be able to use different tools and machinery.
As a group, we looked at the different trips and visitors planned over the next few months, and discussed what would happen at the Botanic Gardens on Monday 8th October. Lastly, we talked about what we could do for the Harvest Festival assembly taking place on Thursday 11th October, as well as choosing the songs we would like to sing.