At the Ravensbourne School we pride ourselves on our innovative & progressive approach to education. Through our continuing development of how students are educated, the School has created the Outdoor Learning Initiative & Vocational Education, or, OLIVE. OLIVE consists of 4 learning zones within the School, comprising a Farm, Allotment & Orchard, Woodland and Wildlife Pond. At the centre of the OLIVE is the Cottage, complete with a dedicated Farm-Classroom, which is the central hub of how OLIVE operates within the School.
The Farm is located in the heart of the school and is home to a pair of pigs, goats, sheep, a dozen free range egg laying chickens, ducks, brahma hens and their cockerel. We have a family of rabbits and guinea pigs who enjoy their own private patch of grass.
Reptile House & Small Mammals
Our reptile house is home to a range of more unusual specimens, such as bearded dragon, snakes, geckos, family of terrapins, and the tortoises. Within the classroom are the smaller mammals such a hamsters, gerbils, rats, a chinchilla, and the famous resident of OLIVE, Murphy the Rabbit. The Farm Classroom facilities also offers the chance for students to complete a range of qualifications in animal care & horticulture, comprising of theory sessions indoors and application of practical work outside.
The Allotment & Orchard
The allotment & teaching greenhouse allows for students to learn how to sow and grow a range of fruit and vegetables. Every student during year 8 is involved in the growing of the seasonal harvests, and those wanting to learn more, or just unwind, can come along at lunch to help with some weeding and watering.
The woodland nature trail offers students of all ages the chance to take their learning outdoors. Either by developing learning skills through building dens, or growing their awareness of their surroundings by using the natural resources to create woodland crafts, such as journey sticks. The School is also planning on developing a Forest School Programme onsite to support all students’ personal development.
OLIVE within Curriculum
It is essential that OLIVE is integrated into the School’s curriculum, therefore this year every department in the school, across all key stages, has taught lessons using all the areas of OLIVE, and will continue to cultivate new innovative ways of students becoming more aware of their environment, connecting with the growing process, and enjoying learning in safe and peaceful surroundings.