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James is a Year 8 student in Ollie Dixon’s class in Seymour department. He is an excitable, energetic and busy young man who likes being outside with his friends and going on walks around the site.

James particularly enjoys visiting Patchwork Farm and spending time with the animals there. Not only is the farm a fun place to visit, but it helps many of the young people at Chailey Heritage Foundation develop new skills and reach learning objectives.

James was trying to stop tasks before completing them so the Specialist Education Assistants along with the Farm Manager, devised some outdoor learning actitives to help James feel more engaged with tasks.

The results have been brilliant – James is spending more time engaged with the animals and completing caring tasks such as feeding the sheep and pigs and brushing the guinea pigs and goats. He is asking to finish early much less than before, instead completing tasks and then looking around to see what his friends are doing and what he can do next! There’s nothing he loves more than a round of applause from Farm Manager, Lesley for all his efforts and achievements!

This is where the farm really supports classroom learning - helping James to build confindence in completing tasks back in the classroom too. In the school environment James spends time reflecting on his learning at the farm and loves to share what he has done with his friends and teacher and which animals are his favourites. They are all still stinky though as James will gleefully say… some things don’t change!


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