February 3, 2017
Hennock Primary School held a special Open Day last term and served freshly baked bread from its very own pizza oven! The oven was built by the children and volunteeers from the Link Academy Trust, with pupils from Hennock and Bearnes Schools participating. The sculptural decoration on the oven was devised in a THF-supported workshop and this is the first time we have seen THF funding used for such a novel and exciting project.The oven is part of much larger re-development project that has transformed the school garden into a very exciting outdoor space.
The school writes:
The Pizza Oven is fired up – As a rural school that values the outdoors and hands-on discovery experiences, Hennock Community Primary school wanted to put Natural Learning at the heart of their school. So, a year ago they began a quest to redesign the school garden. Two days of hectic activity ensued, with Embercombe volunteers and the children leading the workforce: sawing benches; hammering together raised beds; digging a fire pit; wheelbarrowing in topsoil, manure and woodchip; and constructing the stone base for the pizza oven. Nikki Racey, Ash Class Leader said, “It was an incredible sight to see parents, teachers and local people supporting the team of junior workers creating their new garden. The transformation was astonishing!”
Children from Bearnes Primary School joined the team and for two days they squelched, splat and ‘squished’ their bare feet through enough clay to produce an incredible cob oven. The children created ephemeral sculptures and grew sweetpeas, cornflowers, sunflowers and tomatoes. Nikki Dunford, Chief Executive of the Link Academy Trust, said, “This brilliantly ambitious project took several months to realise from the early stages of creating a willow framework and squelching the clay mixture for the cob oven, to the finished product. The children were really enthusiastic about seeing their creation come to life.”
THF is delighted to have been part of this wonderful project.