Set in 21 acres of Wokingham countryside, Holme Grange is a unique campus which we use to its fullest extent.
In Pre-Prep, Forest School is used as a cross-curricular teaching tool and is an integrated part of the curriculum. We have five forest schools sites, three outdoor classrooms and a willow village. Our woodland area plays a vital role in giving pupils the chance to spend time outdoors and use their senses. Our staff are Forest School leaders who have undergone specific training.
Pupils in Prep School have an outdoor learning lesson at least once a week. They go out in all weathers to enjoy the woodland, the stream and the animals. All pupils need to have waterproofs and wellies in School. Our TLC Hub is a place for pupils to learn Teamwork, Leadership & Communication skills.
Lessons often take place outdoors regardless of the subject. We have 2 outdoor classrooms and our WW1 trench helps enrich teaching and brings history to life.
Fork to Fork
Holme Grange has developed the Fork to Fork programme which starts in Year 5 in Food Technology lessons. The name is such because it starts from sowing seeds (digging with a fork) to eating the produce. The basis for the programme has taken elements from Horticulture GCSE, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, the Woodland Trust programme and the Animal Care BTEC. The aim of the programme is for pupils to learn a range of cooking skills, to explore food and nutrition and to enrich their understanding of horticulture, animal care and the outdoors through kinaesthetic learning. The programme is cross curricular and puts learning into practice, it instils life skills, encourages both independent learning and teamwork and links with the School sustainability aims.
All pupils have access to the farm which includes middle white pigs, chickens, ducks, geese and pigmy goats. We have beehives at the entrance to the school.
Our pupils grow produce in the polytunnels and raised beds. Then they man the farm shop where parents can buy Holme Grown produce.