Guided Farm Visits - sample plan of a day for Reception and Key Stage 1

 

Usually we split school parties into smaller groups of 10 -20 children (maximum) for activities. Activities are run as a carousel so that all children sample each activity during the course of the day. We try to tailor itineraries to topics you are covering in school and will ask you to tell us about your needs when your booking is confirmed. This is a summary of the activities one group might typically expect during the course of a day’s visit.

 

Time

Activity

Summary

10.00 – 10.15

Arrival and welcome

Children will be welcomed by the Farm Team who will introduce themselves.

Children and leaders are briefed about keeping safe on the farm, toilets and hand washing. They will also be given an opportunity to ask questions about the day.

10.15 – 10.55

WORKSHOP 1

Wildlife walk and exploration activity

Wildlife and outdoor learning – at Frogmary Green Farm we have developed a conservation and wildlife area where we have planted trees and developed ponds which support the local eco system.

We will support children to explore this area with a range of activities including; nature and seasonal themed activities, exploration and/or discovery of flora and fauna.

10.55 – 11.15

BREAK

Children will have an opportunity to enjoy a drink, snack (brought from school/home) and to use the toilets and hand-washing facilities.

11.15 – 11.55

WORKSHOP 2

A visit to the chicken housing

We want our visitors to see how our chickens live, so our newest chicken house has a viewing gallery. Children will be given the opportunity to find out about how we provide the best environment for the chickens. We will discover what chickens need to help them grow and compare this to what the children have at home to help them grow.

11.55 – 12.20

WORKSHOP 3

Planting and growing food

Children experience growing food for themselves through the planting of seeds, beans or potatoes. They discover more about farmer’s role in producing food and think about the science involved in helping plants thrive.

12.20 – 1.05

LUNCH and PLAYTIME

Children enjoy their packed lunch (brought from home). If the weather is fine, we encourage the children to have lunch outside and then have time for free play before the afternoon workshops. If it is cold or wet we will stay inside and you are invited to bring along a play activity for this period.

1.05 – 1.25

WORKSHOP 4

Crops farming and tractors

Tractors and growing crops - currently we farm 800 acres of arable crops such as maize, wheat, fodder beet and grass leys to feed our renewable energy plant; a neighbouring farmer also uses some of the land to grow root vegetables. Depending on the time of year, children will visit the fields, dig crops and have a chance to explore our wonderful tractors (that is if they are not out working!)

1.25 – 1.45

WORKSHOP 5

Creative Nature

This workshop utilises natural objects such as seeds, sticks, stones, grasses, sheep fleece etc. Throughout the day the children will have been encouraged to notice and identify natural items. We end the day by discovering more about these items and practise ways in which they can be used creatively in some countryside crafts.

1.45 – 2.00

Plenary session and farewells

Children will be given a few minutes to ask any final questions and say goodbye to the Farm Team.

2.00

Depart

Chance to collect belongings and get onto the coach

 

The times and activities are approximate and may vary depending on the group, weather or season. If schools have a particular topic that they would like us to link in with, then please mention this to Jane Kayley when you plan your visit.