Grow it, Eat it.

Ref: C3840675

Although this course is primarily for students with additional needs, it is open to anyone with an interest in gardening and growing healthy food. Any student needing support must bring own support worker along.

Course aim

An introduction to the benefits of fresh food for the local community and students will learn about different growing techniques for plants, comparing differences in growing techniques and tools used with the present day and World War 1.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for people with little spoken English

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Learners will research the history of World War 1 in relation to gardening and the Centenary fields projects using primary and secondary sources, visiting specific places, use of ICT, Books, use of phones to aid research and record findings.
  • Learners will present research using a variety of methods including promoting English language and literacy, maths and ICT in order to support discussion and critical analysis (ICT, group discussion, video presentations, workbooks etc)
  • Learners will work individually or as a team to develop a specific area of the research (the Garden of Remembrance at the War Memorial, Skelmersdale) & develop plans to form the basis for a creative response (exhibition & planted remembrance garden)
  • 4. The learner will either individually or as a team work out a plan in order to implement the action plans with specific timed targets and outcomes to be reached
  • Learners will use a variety of creative & technical methods including - construction of supports, labels and descriptions for plants to create elements of the planting medium, to inform action plans i.e.grow the specific plants & maintain the area.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Stout shoes and gardening gloves if possible. Remember to wear clothes appropriate to the weather and gardening.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

Download full Course information sheet

Grow it, Eat it.


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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