The Yorkshire Evening Post is reporting that an inner city school in Leeds – Richmond Hill Primary -has launched a new learning environment offering life skills for youngsters in the form of a coffee shop…
…Headteacher Nathan Atkinson said: “The cafe has been built by professional shop fitters to echo a working coffee shop. The resource will be accessed by children in school aged 3–11 years. The benefits are extensive and will support many interactive learning experiences.
“It was planned, designed and built to enrich the learning experience of the children at school. In addition to the added opportunities for children the local community will also benefit from the facility in many different ways.”
He said pupils will access the cafe to learn a range of cooking skills as they progress through school. Gardening plots that will be used to grow produce that can be used within the kitchen area.
The facility will be used for coffee mornings to engage with parents and as a venue for meetings for the local community. In advance of coffee mornings pupils will prepare a selection of cakes, buns and snacks which will be available to visitors.
Children from school will be invited to visit the coffee shop as customers. This will serve a number of different purposes; to teach children how to behave in social environments, how to place orders and manage a budget, as a reward for good behaviour, or on their birthday…
Hopefully they will use it to learn some enterprise skills too – something conspicuously absent from the headteacher’s list, which seems a shame.
Any other schools had success – or otherwise – with initiatives like this? I know we had this story of something similar from Australia last year.
It does seem to have a lot of potential for helping children learn a wide variety of skills in a different way.
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