Year 3 as part of their learning around Harvest visited Killerton on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October. Prior to the visit pupils had stitched quilts based on the seasons which are set to be displayed at Killerton as part of the Apple festival.
When each Year 3 class arrived at Killerton they gathered together to learn about the apple harvest at Killerton and what activities they would be doing over the afternoon, although not quite involving all of the 100+ varieties of apples grown on the estate! From this point the class split into two groups; one group collecting apples ready for pressing while the other group had a go at pressing their own apples and most significantly tasting some apple juice! When collecting the apples pupils had to display excellent teamworking skills in order to pick more apples than the other teams as well as ensuring that they only picked apples good enough for juicing. Furthermore by only picking apples from the floor they would know that these apples were ready. During this the other group saw the Killerton press and how this worked, before producing their own apple pulp that then in teams they had a go at pressing. Despite some aching arms every group were able to producing a significant amount of juice, while made handling the apple pulp worthwhile for all.
Every pupil not only really enjoyed the activities but learnt a lot more about how to produce apple juice and are now very excited to see their finished quilts on display.