Are you wanting help with your outdoor spaces? Want a gardener to assist in helping you turn redundant spaces into vibrant educational spaces? Need an educational gardener to deliver sessions during the day? Would you like an after school club growing vegetables, flowers and fruits? Help delivering outdoor sessions on various topics as part of a field trip?
To some the importance of children having sessions that can help increase their confidence and wellbeing is important. Some children struggle in class and a different approach to learning is welcomed. To me engagement is an important aspect of a gardening session. I like to connect with children to increase their confidence which in turn helps their understanding of what we are trying to achieve in the session. Fun is important to help deliver a great session, as is bringing along strange and exotic fruits and vegetables to help stimulate conversation and increase their knowledge.
I have many years experience of delivering gardening sessions to children of both primary and secondary school age. This can be an after school club delivering 1 hour sessions to infant school children, half day or full day regular gardening sessions to primary school children covering KS1 and KS2. Working with chefs and cooks to deliver themed sessions as part of an event covering year groups. Organising trips to growers and farmers to assist learning such as a WOW event. Ive delivered sessions to Secondary schools in various settings to GCSE and A level students, this could be a detailed event covering topics such as Biodiversity or Geography for example or could be an event which covers many subjects. I undertook training with FACE to attain CEVAS1 certification that initially gave me an understanding go the National Curriculum. Over the years Ive worked with many schools ensuring that all learning covers each year groups National Curriculum requirements.
Ive lived in Bristol for 4 years, initially working for The Community Farm at Chew Magna as the farms Education Officer. This position saw me work with various schools to deliver visits to the farm to children of many ages. On many occasions we cooked food as well. I aways ensure the children go home with something! On leaving the farm Ive worked with Southville Primary, Parson Street Primary, Elmlea Infants and soon Hannah More. Ive also worked with the charity Volunteering Matters at schools in WIthywood and Hartcliffe. Ive recently started working with Sustainable Learning to help schools design their outdoor spaces plus deliver sessions that will cumulate in a harvest festival that features vegetables from around the world and Woodlands Academy to help evaluate their outdoor spaces.
Ive really enjoyed working with Parson Street Primary and heres a few words from Staff and children at the school:
“Darran has worked with a large number of children during his time with us. He has had a particular focus with children who benefit from small group work and having new opportunities.
Miss Bailey, a Teaching Assistant who has worked closely with Darran says “ Darran has been such an important part of our Green Team at Parson Street. Not only does he deliver interesting and varied sessions, but the kids love him and can’t wait for the next week! They come away with a real understanding that is down to his hands on approach….He also contributed to the school winning a Bristol in Bloom award. We couldn’t do it without him”
Our children say…
“He’s funny! He knows a lot! We get to plant things, watch them grow and then eat them – it’s so much fun” Emily
“He’s silly and fun, learning about planting and different ways you can do it” Jacob
"We are very much looking forward to working with Darran in the 2016/17 academic year”.