Land Based Science and Enterprise

Part of our commitment to widen the Curriculum Offer for our Students
At “Wheels” students develop many life skills that will enable them to live and work in their community as respected citizens. As part of this programme, students are able to experience growing, harvesting and eating their produce.
The skills required are numerous; from the erection of a controlled environment to enable successful planting and cultivation to the design of planters, costing of materials, building and finally the sale of goods. The mathematical exercise of Profit and Loss becomes very real!

Students learn that team work really produces results.
Working together successfully is a workplace skill that ranks highly on an Employer’s checklist.
Students often find themselves enjoying the change of learning style but also appreciate that all businesses aim to work on a margin of profit.
The teams work on advertising, targeting their goods to a particular group of people and checking out “the competition” and their sale prices.
The practical skills and knowledge of being a successful grower comes with practice. Accepting some failure, dealing with it and working out what went wrong and why is an important aspect of learning.

The Proof of Success
Student satisfaction, personal pride and improved self-esteem are all by-products of this learning project.
An ASDAN award for Land Based Science adds weight to students’ portfolios of achievement.
Enhanced skills and knowledge of horticulture provide a future platform for enterprise and the development of the “I Can Do” ethos that the School fosters.
Business skills in research and marketing, costing of materials, fictitious wages for time spent etc., all contribute to the experience and students become more aware of the world of work.

Black Country Wheels School will continue to develop and extend the curriculum in all possible areas to engage the students in worthwhile, meaningful learning projects.
In this way, we trust that we are meeting the needs of our students, enhancing their practical and academic skills and preparing them for their future lives at work.

Students created planter boxes for the Land Based Science department and then filled them with fruit, vegetables or flowers during the growing season.  Most of the project work carried out included using recycled materials, ie, rubber, metal, plastic, reclaimed timber.