"Where do we plug it in?"

School projects don't get much better than this. Building their own cob oven empowers children and gives them an extraordinary experience they will share forever with everyone.

Learning outside of the classroom is increasingly popular, and building a cob oven is a complete outdoor learning experience. This is at the heart of The Fabulous Cob Oven Company's activity - it is where I started, and I am a passionate and enthusiastic workshop leader. To date, I have worked with 20+ schools sited across the UK and over 6000 children have dug, mixed, built and baked!

"That was the best school week - EVER!"

School oven workshops usually run over four or five days. I often work with 200 to 400 children in one week. Everyone - including teaching staff and TAs - can get involved in the fun.

The week starts with a full school assembly where we talk about building with the earth under our feet: What do we use to build our homes? How do we cook food? How much energy does this take? How did we build before we had access to the energy available in oil, coal and gas? How do people without access to these things build their homes? Which is better?

There are many ways a school cob oven project can be woven into your curriculum: soil, energy, architecture... numeracy, science, global living... culture, food, sustainable living... the list is as long as your imagination is wide.

clay huntA School Cob Oven Project Diary.

"Before we can start we need some clay.
Matthew said
it can often be found in the school grounds -
so we
went on a Clay Hunt!"
You will be able to connect to the landscape by using the earth under your school. On rare occasions this isn't possible, but you should not have to travel far to find local clay. It will have characteristics unique to your area, particularly colour. Your school oven will reflect your landscape by showing off the colour of your soil - we've built ovens that are yellow, red, grey - even blue!clay hunt



"Then we set up a Clay Station, where we remove any stones, roots or wiggly worms! Let's put those lovely worms in the school compost or on our vegetable beds."

 

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"We made a sand former. We all love a day at the beach, and we made a beautiful big Sand Castle!"

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"We will need lots of
cob mixed, so we got busy
with the
Cob Dance.
Come on Teachers,
you know you want to join in!"

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"We're Cob Builders!
Can we build it?
Yes we can!
"

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"How many pizzas
can we fit in here?"

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Give yourselves a
big cobby hand!

 

 

 

"Are we finished? Then let's get cooking!"

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Call Matthew Lloyd on 07974 955196
or email : cobovenman@me.com to get started.

"A week on from our cob oven making experience I just wanted to write and express our sincere gratitude for running the project here at Ledbury Primary School.
The pupils were so engrossed in making the oven, using their values in a focused
context and enjoying pizza they almost forgot everything else.

Parents and members of our school community have all given very positive feedback and want to know when we will be running events in the oven. I hope this will be soon.

For us as a school it was great to work with a professional who understands our ethos. 
The independence we encourage in our pupils was evident and their ability to co-operate.
You empowered the pupils to do this during their time with you, thank you."
Mrs Julie Rees

Head teacher

 

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primary SCHOOL cob ovens KS1Steiner Oven

2011 We built two ovens at the
Hereford Steiner Academy for
the Kindergarten children,
who bake bread everyday.


Mach Oven

2012 Two ovens were built in
Mid Wales with support from a
Soil Association project.
At one school some 200 children helped build their oven!


Rushbury oven

2013 Ovens were built at
four schools in Shropshire with
support from the
Shropshire Hills Sustainable Development fund.
This is Rushbury school's fine oven ready to start baking.


Brighton ovenHillingdon Oven

2014 In March Longhill School Brighton were the lucky recipients of a competition prize in the form of a FCOCo Cob Oven Workshop, and in June I ran a week-long workshop with 300 children at Oak Farm Infant School, Hillingdon.


Rushbury oven

2015
Three school ovens built this year including St. John's School, Midsomer Norton, who enjoyed a full week of cob oven building in March. We topped the week off with an all-day pizza party for 400 children!


2016 This year I have worked with St. Joseph's Specialist School and College, Cranleigh, Surrey, Feckenham Primary School near Redditch, Worcestershire, Harlow Green Primary, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, Oldcastle Primary, Bridgend, South Wales, and St. Margarets Academy, Torquay, Devon. Bookings are in place for further Primary School cob oven projects in 2017 at Flowery Field Primary, Manchester, Pine Ridge Academy schools, Camberley, Surrey and Busby Primary, Glasgow, Scotland.


what they sayClee Hill Primary School,
Shropshire.

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"We have used our oven four
times this term, with all Key
Stages as part of their Forest
School sessions for making
pizzas, and we made flat breads
last week to accompany pumpkin
soup. I know that both of our
Forest School leaders will be
using it to make other dishes.
We use it for about three hours per session.

We have had some raised beds
built next to the oven area to
plant vegetables and herbs
which will be used in the cob
oven recipes.

The PTA have also kindly offered
to donate some money to pay
for a gazebo type structure
between the pond and the oven
so that the children can work
with the oven in all weathers!"


Clunbury Primary School,
Shropshire.

Straw bale studio
"It is really interesting how
attached everyone is to
our school oven. 
There must be something hard-
wired in us to find outdoor
cooking with a fire in an oven
made with mud from the field
deeply satisfying.

Children, staff and parents are
really keen to use the oven
whenever we have an event,
such as Sports Day, our
Autumn apple pressing or
visitors to the school, because
of the fun and buzz that seems
to surround it.

We used the oven yesterday to
great effect. We sold dozens of
pizzas and the oven provoked lots
of interest, discussions etc.
There were pizzas in the oven
from the start to the end of our
Fair, and our shelter was a
happy little hub. 
We really enjoyed using it, and I like the way the children feel great 'ownership' of it."


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