Peer Projects Learning Community

Waiting list now open

Peer Projects Learning Community is our newest service offered at Hogacre Common, a community eco-park just outside of Oxford city centre.  We have also teamed up with Wild Wallow, a community action group to turn a disused tennis court into an exciting and inspiring outdoor learning space.

About Peer Projects

Peer Projects provides a dynamic learning environment for children ages five through fourteen, in small groups of five to eight children, meeting twice per week. Our focus during project hours will be to support children who learn outside of mainstream school with soft skills such as;

  • communication
  • teamwork
  • negotiation
  • problem-solving
  • leadership
  • creativity
  • flexibility
  • planning
  • time-management
  • self-assessment
  • determination
  • presentation
  • community
  • conservation
  • stewardship

Peer Projects will generally reinforce all subject skills, such as English, maths, science and history.

Learners will spend time indoors and outdoors each session. We will encourage and support them through the stages of the creative process – choosing a project, learning the necessary information required to complete the project, creating and presenting a ‘product’. To inspire them, the learners will have access to library resources, open space, growing space, tinkering space and experts wherever possible.

Example Projects

Some examples of projects that might take the Learning Community’s interest include a local foraging recipe book, local flora and fauna guide, or construction of man- or solar-powered machines for everyday use.

In our first term, we will determine the learners’ proficiency with tools as we help Wild Wallow to create a community space on the disused tennis courts. The Learning Community will dismantle a pallet structure and consider ways of repurposing the materials. We will also look at alternative building materials and reconstruct a dilapidated cob pizza oven on site. This first term will be a singular opportunity for the learners to put their stamp on the space as well as for parents of learners to help mould the service on offer.

Safety

We will risk assess all activities and follow all COVID safety guidelines on site.  We are all Enhanced DBS checked and insured for your family’s safety.

The particulars

Term dates:
2 Nov 2020 – 18 Dec 2020
Days:
Mondays and Fridays. (14 days in total)
Hours:
9:45 drop-off at the entrance on Whitehouse Road*
10:00 start
14:00 finish
14:15 pick-up at the entrance on Whitehouse Road*
Cost**:
Child 1 –  £65.00 per week
Each additional child – £48.75 per week
Payment:
Families will be invoiced monthly for the month in advance.
Your first month at Peer Projects is a trial period. If you are not completely satisfied with your time at Peer Projects you do not need to give any further notice that you will not return.
After your first month, we ask that families give us a month’s notice if they do not wish to return so that we may offer the space to another learner with enough notice for their family to make arrangements for their start.

*We are happy to arrange settling-in days for parents to remain on-site if they feel their child(ren) would benefit from it. This must be arranged with us in advance as Whitehouse Road has a 2-hour parking limit.

**We aim to be as low cost as possible and guarantee not to raise fees this academic year or next, hopefully never.  If you would love to join but can’t afford it, please let us know.  We are working on establishing funded places for families on low incomes.

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