Year 7 win Countryside Education Project Award 2016

The judges from the Alresford Agricultural Show Society’s Countryside Education Competition 2016, visited us on Wednesday 6th July. We had set up a wonderful display in 7WT to show off all of the fantastic work we had done as part of the project. The judges were really impressed with all that they could see. This is what they had to say,

‘The children had clearly benefited hugely from their time, both at Holden Farm & at Wintershill Farm. There was a high level of pupil ownership and engagement, covering a wide range of curriculum topics including history, geography, science, maths, art & literature. The art work was fantastic with the children taking inspiration from the work of Hundertwasser in both painting & collage. There was evidence of growing, of sewing, 3D modelling and a high level of pupil-led engagement. The bug hunting at Holden Farm had inspired the children to conduct their own bug hunt at school but, finding there to be a dispiriting amount of litter around the grounds, prompted the children themselves to canvass the head teacher for more litter bins. Their request was granted, and their immediate environment improved. The judges felt that there was an impressive depth and quality to the work and the children were immensely proud of all that they had achieved’

After a little wait whilst the judges discussed the results and projects from a variety of schools across the local district, they decided that Osborne School was the winner of the Junior Category for ‘the breath – taking creativity and the high level of pupil ownership and involvement’.

We are all incredibly proud of the work inspired throughout this project and would very much like to invite you to see a display of our work, in the Education Marquee at the Alresford Agricultural Show on Saturday the 3rd September 2016. For more information please visit

Year 7 visited Manor Farm, Twyford on Wednesday 29th June to show case some of the work that we have done for the Countryside Education Project. There were several other schools there who were also competing for first place.
We had all had to grow potatoes and try and grow the heaviest crop. Our 11 potatoes weren’t really an award winning amount! However, Jan Smith had worked with the pupils to create some delicious looking salads using the lettuce they had been growing, which I think the judges were impressed with.
They were also impressed with the work that we had produced, explaining that we had ‘gone above and beyond’ the competition brief by incorporating an artist study and map work into our entry for the collage of ‘On the farm’.As a result we recieved the ‘Highly Commended’ award for all the hard work that the pupils had put in.
As well as showcasing our competition entries we tried on bee keeping costumes and looked at bee keeping, watched sheep being shawn, learnt some interesting facts about cattle farming, groomed horses and interacted with some gun dogs.
All in all it was a great day!
We now are awaiting the judging of all our work for the Alresford Agricultural display which is happening on the 6th July. We will then be displaying some of our work at the Alresford Agricultural show in September!

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