The Great Apple Harvest

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We are extremely lucky as a school to have the support of one of our pupil’s uncles, who owns a farm with an extensive orchard.

Throughout the year the children have made several trips to the farm to watch the apples grow from blossom to form buds and find out more about the different varieties, the growing cycle, and how grafting works (attaching a second variety to grow more than one type of apple from only one tree!) 

Apple Collage

Harvesting the apples and pressing them has become an annual event, highly anticipated by the children. This week, despite the intermittent wet weather, many of the children went to the farm to pick the apples. This was a truly delightful experience and many apples were eaten during the task!

On Wednesday Jamie brought the harvest to school and everyone had a go at pressing them to make juice which was pasteurised and bottled. A lot of hard work into pressing such a bumper crop but the process was extremely satisfying for those involved.

Label 2019Some of the KS4 children designed a label for this year’s apple juice and it will be on sale at our Harvest Festival. We’d like to say a massive thank you to the amazing Jamie for his ongoing input into school life. What the children learn from this experience is invaluable. 

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Important Reminder!

★Harvest Festival★ - Friday 18th October 2pm (Next Friday)

Please make a note of the date for our Harvest Festival when we welcome parents to come and celebrate the end of the first half term and autumn in all its colour with us as a school community. Apple juice will be on sale for £5 a bottle. £2 will be returned to you on return of the empty bottle.

Lost property will be laid out at the Harvest Festival. Please take time to collect all your children's belongings. Anything remaining will be given to charity. 

Farm Activity Day

If your child enjoyed the apple picking you might be interested in a hands-on day for parents and children alike learning about our connection to nature through experiential immersive activities on a farm. This is not your usual pre-school farm trip but something that people of all ages can enjoy. This is not an event run by the school but has been brought to our attention by one of the staff.

(It starts at 10:30am for tea and coffee, beginning promptly at 11am and finishing at 5pm. Participants are also invited to stay into the evening when we will fire up the pizza oven and light a bonfire.) 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nature-connection-and-experiential-learning-at-oxen-park-farm-tickets-74710724789

What the children said…

HelpingHand‘My favourite part was learning how to pick the apples properly without just pulling on the branch.’ Sonny

‘It was a great experience going apple picking. I had a lot of fun! The apples tasted nice and I am looking forward to pressing them.’ Wilf

‘I learned how to identify the nice apples.’ Alex

‘I liked washing the apples and tasting them. I am really looking forward to juicing them.’ Tom S.