Learning

We have a purpose built classroom on site and ICT facilities and we are working in partnership with education providers to provide Entry level qualifications around employability and Land based skills.  

Little Gate Farm Log Cabin

Learning Opportunities at Little Gate Farm

Learning opportunities are based around the 3 areas of the farm – woodland, farm animals and horticulture.

Farm Animals

  • Sheep -Learn where they originate from, Cycle of life, the ram, gestation period, lambing, sheep milk, sheep products – fleece -wool, lanolin, meat – lamb and mutton. Care of sheep, grazing pastures, feet – problems, temperament. Types of sheep and wool types/shearing
  • Goats – Caring for goat, produce from goats – milk, cheese, meat, temperament and personalities.
  • Chickens – Care of hens, eggs, fertilisation, chicks, hatching, embryology, keeping chickens safe, diet, health.

Growing Food and Cooking It

How we grow food, soil types, weather, climate, soil food, conditions, mulch, compost, seasonal planting, caring for growing food in greenhouses and raised beds, tools needed, importance of hand washing, preparing grown food.  Herbs, vegetables, fruits, legumes etc. organic v non-organic, permaculture and mass production. Healthy eating, what’s good about vegetables, raw versus cooked.

Woodland Management

The Rangers will learn about green wood and seasoned wood, types of trees and types of wood product and what they are used for. They will develop an understanding of coppice rotation, rides, pollarding, canopy and woodland floor, woodland wildlife, birds, prepare and store firewood, charcoal making, woodland crafts from green wood, Health and safety in the woodland. The rangers will learn how to identify trees and about tree health.

Sustainability Issue –

ORGANIC MATTERS – we don’t use any form of pesticides on the farm and we aim to conserve and manage the farms bio-diversity using organic resources. Students will be shown how we use sheep and then goats in winter months to naturally manage our field and promote soil fertility. How the chickens are used to turn over our raised beds and their excrement acts as compost.

Fun and Educational

Forest school and woodland walks, conservation workshops, woodland art. Woodland crafts.

Pond Conservation – Exploring the ponds

Pond dipping with nets to identify signs of life. Discuss what lives in ponds and how we can identify them. Endangered species like great crested newts and why they are important for the eco system.  How to manage the ponds, pond safety, bank conservation and areas surrounding the ponds.  Discover which birds and fish use the ponds to feed and inhabit.

Level 3 Award in Education and Training (Formerly PTLLS)

If you are new to the lifelong learning sector and do not have any prior teaching experience or qualifications, this award will take your career forward.  The course covers roles, responsibilities and relationships in lifelong learning, understanding inclusive learning and teaching in lifelong learning, using inclusive learning and teaching approaches in lifelong learning and the principles of assessment in lifelong learning.

This introductory qualification will prepare you to teach or train adults in the community, FE or voluntary sectors. It replaces the City and Guilds 6302 in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS).