Education

Supporting your learning journey

Venture is about learning though play and by doing – be it traditional subjects or adventurous skills.

It includes space to develop yourself and relationships with others, in a safe, positive and supported environment.

Venture can be attended by Home Educated young people, Toddlers and Schooled Children.  Some sessions are open to all, some are specific for certain ages.

NEW for 2021 – Duke of Edinburgh Award.  We will be offering this to not only local atendees, but also those a bit further away who are able to travel for practice hikes and the expedition.  Online support available.

Rama Life have become an active part of the Home Education community.  Our team includes very experienced Home Educators, who can provide information and support. 

Many home ed and schooling families opt to use Venture, as a part of their child’s full time education, providing knowledge, skills, social time and phsyical activity. 

Venture Outdoors

0-17 years:
Tuesday AM

Venture outdoors

Get outside and active – Young people can access some great educational, sporting activities and enrichment resources and adults get all important time to share knowledge and support each other.

We start by introducing the area and what is available to do, then families attending can choose to participate in leader or self led activties or to explore and play with resources on hand, including the small woodland area and our gardening plot.

All children are welcome.  If you are planning on sending your child to school or if you are home educating, you will find this group the perfect addition to your week.

The aim is to be outside for the whole session – we provide shelters and expect atendees to come dressed for the weather.  We have access to a fabulous park and nature area . 

This session is currently subsidised by the National Lottery.

  • Parent/Carer attends with child.
  • Toddlers: Play equipment and toys to build co-ordination, skills and confidence.
  • Older Children: Tools, crafts, nature, sports and games
  • Activties in a relaxed environment – learn through play and doing!
  • Tuesdays @ South Petherton Scout Hut, The Recreation Ground,  Somerset: 10am-12
  • £3 per child – Subsidised by National Lottery

Please note: young people must be supervised at all times.

Venture Engineer

8-17 years:
Tuesday PM

Venture outdoors

Fantastic session for older children who enjoyproblem solving, working with their hands, tool work and engineering generally!  Parent welcome to stay and support if needed or to drop off and collect.

Session lead is Ellie Hayes who is an experienced Mathematician, Engineer and Forest School Leader.

This session is currently subsidised by the National Lottery.

  • Parent/Carer attends with child or drops off.
  • Engineering Concepts and Projects
  • Tool use for engineering and art .
  • REAL Maths (physical/puzzles/maths in nature)
  • Activties in a relaxed environment – learn through doing!
  • Tuesdays @ South Petherton Scout Hut, The Recreation Ground,  Somerset: 10am-12
  • £5 per child – Subsidised by National Lottery

Venture Juniors
7-11 years:

Thursdays

Child Craft Summer Club Explore Rama LIfe

A warm welcome begins the session and a chance for those who want to, to share news from the week gone by.

Each week is themed and we follow a half term rhythm of World, Community, STEM, History & Cooking.

Each day covers the following aspects: Disscussion, Activity, Social, Outdoors, Active

Sessions are five hours long. We offer a 2 or 3 hour option in the morning, for any young person who will struggle with the full day. We aim for this to become full attendence in time, but it can be continued with prior agreement.

11th Nov: World: Arctic Adventure
18th Nov: Community: First Aid Fun
25th Nov: Creative Arts: Drama-Rama
2nd Dec: STEM: Kitchen Science
9th Dec: History: Victorian Inventions
16th Dec: Cooking: Christmas Delights

 

Sessions are five hours long.  We offer a 2 or 3 hour option in the morning, for any young person who will struggle with the full day.  We aim for this to become full attendence in time, but it can be continued with prior agreement. 

  • Young people attend without parents – “independently”
  • Experienced staff, who support Home Education.
  • A chance to learn new skills and build on existing ones.
  • Time outdoors, games, crafts, sport & teamwork
  • £22 per child, per day.  We have a small financial support fund available. Email for details.
  • Thursdays @ Seavington Millennium Hall, Somerset, TA19 0QH: 10am-3pm

Venture Seniors
12-17 years:

Wednesdays

An opportunity for older home edders to meet up, catch up and work on skills.  We encourage regular attendence to build confidence and friendships.  Options may include cooking, fire lighting, crafting, mechanics, music, business or life skills.

Sessions are six hours long and include a social lunchtime.  Collection can be from 3pm-4pm as the final hour is all important free time to foster friendships or spend time working on projects or just utilising our resources. 

We offer a rolling Duke of Edinburgh Scheme that attendees can book onto seperately – we can use the final hour to offer support for this and we will also be providing some volunteering opportunities.

We offer a 2 or 3 hour option in the morning, for any young person who will struggle with the full day.  We aim for this to become full attendence, but it can be continued with prior agreement. 

Young people attend without parents – “independently”

  • Experienced staff, who support Home Education.
  • A chance to learn life skills.
  • Encouragement for young people to help plan activities
  • £26 per child, per day. We have a small financial support fund available. Email for details.
  • Wednesdays @ Seavington Millennium Hall, Somerset, TA19 0QH: 10:30am-4pm
    (collection can be from 3pm-4pm)

F.A.Q.

Where are sessions based?

Most Venture sessions (and HEC) are based at Barrington Village Hall, Barrington Mews, Barrington, Ilminster TA19 0JE.

If you are approaching from South Petherton/Shepton Beauchamp direction:
Drive into the village and pass National Trust property, Barrington Court, on your right hand side.  Please carefully drive maintaining a low speed through the village, past the pub.  You will reach the village hall on your right hand side, you will notice a play park and there is parking directly outside the front door and opposite. Please do not park in the adjoining residents car park (clearly marked).

If you are approaching from Ilminster or Hambridge direction:

You will reach the village hall on your left hand side, you will notice a play park and there is parking directly outside the front door and opposite.  Please do not park in the adjoining residents car park (clearly marked).

Remote sessions will be based at various locations – please see the online booking form for details. www.ramalife.co.uk/bookings

 

What time do Home Ed sessions run?

Session times vary – please see the main listings above for details.

What should my child wear?

Young people attending should wear comfy shoes and clothing that can get dirty.  We could be painting, walking or out in nature!

Are you allowed to run during a pandemic?

Yes, the Government has protected the education and welfare of young people.  Home Education is specifically mentioned in “Out of School Setting” guidlines.

We complete regular risk assesments, have a full Covid policy and anyone sending their child is commited to following the “Covid Parent Agreement” that we supply.

How much does the session cost?

Session costs vary – please see the individual listing above for details.

Please note – The Friday HEC session is being run at low cost to keep it as close to its “parent led” ethose as possible. 
We are limited to numbers attending but you can join a waiting list if we are full.

Do you take photographs?

We sometimes take photos of the sessions and some families appreciate being able to see what their child has been up to through social media.

We never publish the name of a child and if you do NOT want your child to be photographed you can update this on OCM (our online members system).

What does my child need to bring?

Your child needs the following:

  • Full water bottle
  • Packed lunch and snack
  • Waterproof Coat
  • Waterproof Trousers (or spare trousers)
  • Wellies (if its been raining or due to rain)

If attending April-September:

  • Sun Hat
  • Sun Cream (optional for hot weather – please apply at home and if brought, child needs to apply themselves)
  • Spare clothes or wet suit for wet games

If attending October-March:

  • Warm Hat and Gloves
  • Wear Layers
Is there anything my child CANNOT bring?

Young people cannot bring:

  • Nuts or nut butter in any form
  • Fizzy Drinks (teens can bring one can, no energy drinks please).
  • Electronic Devices (see note below)
  • Soft toys are currently discouraged due to Government guidlines.  If essential these need to remain in their bag.

We understand that some young people will carry a mobile phone – this is fine, but needs to remain in their bag, on silent and we do not accept any liability if lost, damaged or goes missing.

We ask all young people to talk to leaders if there is a problem and leave us to contact parents if necessary.

Are Venture and HEC Covid Safe?

Yes, we follow Government guidelines to ensure we are “Covid Safe”.  This includes a safety talk at the start of each session, regular hand washing including on arrival, before and after eating and departure.

We wipe surfaces regularly and spend lots of time outside.  If we are inside we ventilate the space.

Young people are not expected to socially distance, but are asked to give each other personal space.

Our staff take every effort both at work and in their home life, to reduce the risk of Covid transmission.

We complete regular risk assesments, have a full Covid policy and anyone sending their child is commited to following the “Covid Parent Agreement” that we supply.

How do I book?

You can now book Venture, online here.

Friday’s “HEC” session can be booked by emailing us direct

 

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What Our Families are Saying

Venture for teens

The older Venture session is my favourite day of the week.  We get to discuss things and the leaders encourage us to say what we think.  We end up learning from each other as well as them.  I have made some really good friends and everyone gets on.  My favourite thing to do is going out for a walk, cooking and talking.

Venture for 7-11 years

My daughter has attended for a half day session for a few months and has now built the confidence to stay for the full day.  She loves spending time with friends, playing in the park, taking part in activties and learning in a relaxed environment.