Farms for City Children

St Cuthbert/St Matthias:Farms for City Children

Pupils from St Cuthbert with St Matthias CofE, Kensington, London, visit Farms for City Children at Treginiss,Pembrokeshire. A unique opportunity – and potentially life-changing experience – for urban children to live and work together for a week on a real farm in the heart of the countryside

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (325120)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,550

Amount raised

£11,390

Donations

98

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • A week at one of Farms for City Children‚Äôs Farms gave the children a new world which provided an old memory for ever.‚Äù ‚ÄúIt is a once in a lifetime experience where city children really can grow and thrive.‚Äù ‚ÄúWhen asked to sum up their week in one work they always used the same one "Freedom"".

    — Glynis Cobb - Teacher at Granard Primary School visited FFCC for 14 years

  • A week at one of Farms for City Children’s Farms gave the children a new world which provided an old memory for ever.” “It is a once in a lifetime experience where city children really can grow and thrive.” “When asked to sum up their week in one work they always used the same one "Freedom"".

    — Glynis Cobb - Teacher at Granard Primary School visited FFCC for 14 years

Situation

Urban children are becoming more disconnected from nature. They have little understanding where their food comes from; physical activity and outdoor play are being replaced by screen time (with associated obesity and mental health issues); and, in our increasingly risk-averse society, the ‘home territory’ of the average 8-year old – the area they’re allowed in on their own – has shrunk by 90% in a generation. Also, practical skills have been devalued in the national primary curriculum

Solution

The farm experience is a world away from their daily lives. Children flourish in our homely, child-centred environment. They gain a strong understanding of where their food comes from; of healthy eating; and of environmental and sustainability issues. Activities provide physical challenge; repetition of tasks to build skill and confidence; real-life application of curriculum subjects; teamwork; and purposeful activity, so everyone can take responsibility for their work and feel valued.