"This is the 2nd year I have taken my reception class to Barn at Easington. It is an amazing place and the children love going. There are fields to run in, woods and a beach to explore and a barn full of fantastic activities. The children always come back from each trip buzzing with ideas and enthusiasm. The educational benefits are huge, ranging from problem solving activities to development of motor control and personal and social skills. Nicola is an amazing host, the children love her and we can't wait fot our next visit to the Barn."Gill Grant, Farne Primary School, Newcastle
"Our visits to the Barn have been very special: our children have really enjoyed experiencing all the different landscapes on the farm and it's surroundings. It is a fantastic environment in which to explore nature. Nicola has a very special way of collecting natural resourses and offering them to children in a way that propmotes lots of discussion, thinking and careful observation. Experiences cover all aspects of the corriculum and develop key skills such as problem solving and co-operation.
We have worked with Nicola both on the farm and in our Nursery School. Her work was positively commented on in our most recent Ofsted inspection: inspectors could see how Nicola's work was deepening and enriching learning experiences with children. Nicola has also worked alongside staff members- all of those involved have said their knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching has developed as a result of working with her.
I would thouroughly recommend working with Nicola and I know you will find a visit to the farm as exiting as we did." Denise Kilner, Headteacher,
Mill Hill Nursery School, Sunderland
An excellent Roman Adventure had by all.
"The children marched towards the bright flying flags to find The Barn at Easington transformed into a Roman camp. The barn had become a forum where important decisions were made and were a feast of Roman art activities took place. This was used as an introductory ‘hook’ for our Roman Topic.
After erecting the tents our children took part in ‘The quest for the Roman Hoard’. Working in their legions and using team work, they followed an interactive map to find the hidden hoard, buried on the beach, using directional language, visual and auditory clues. All children enjoyed this problem solving activity and finding the Roman artefacts.
Later, they enjoyed designing and painting a silk Roman standard to create a group identity using a god as the inspiration for their painting. These standards were used over the course of the camp and paraded at the beginning of the Roman games.
The children all enjoyed their Roman camp experience and the facilities provided allowed a safe, yet exciting environment for the children to learn outdoors. Roman camp stories and damper bread cooked on an open fire were highlights for some children who then rushed to their tents to participate in their first night of camping – one which they cannot wait to repeat in the future. We will certainly be using The Barn at Easington again soon. The writing we got as a result of the camp was excellent as children wrote about their first hand experience as Romans."
Easington Primary School