Guided Farm Visits - sample plan of a day for Key Stage 2

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 are very happy to tailor activities to meet your curriculum needs and invite you to discuss these with us your once 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. Children will be supported to explore and understand this area through natural science activities, language and mathematics.

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 understand how our chickens live, so our newest chicken house has a viewing gallery. Children will be given the opportunity to find out about  the best environment for rearing chickens and understand the links between modern farming and food production. English, maths and science skills will be incorporated into the activity  through  discussion of scale, weights, temperatures, terminology, growth cycles, comparative sizes etc.

11.55 – 12.20

WORKSHOP 3

Planting and growing food

A hands on activity where children will have direct experience of  gardening and growing food. The workshop will focus upon  natural science, including  growth cycles,  working with wildlife to enhance production and plant management. This may include planting, weeding,  etc. but also soil health,  seasonal cycles etc.

12.20 – 1.05

LUNCH and Breaktime

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 some free time before the afternoon workshops. If it is cold or wet we will stay inside and you are invited to bring along an activity for this period.

1.05 – 1.25

WORKSHOP 4

Modern farming and Renewables

Children may visit some of the machinery involved in modern farming in order to understand different parts of the farming process.

We have a small amount of  land set aside for root vegetables but currently we farm 800 acres of arable crops such as maize, wheat, fodder beet and grass leys to feed our renewable energy plant. Children will visit, discuss and view different forms of renewable energy production and consider how this relates to the modern world.

1.25 – 1.45

WORKSHOP 5

Creative Nature

Transforming natural and  found objects in a creative way. Activities in this workshop  may include wet felting, clay modelling, printing etc.  Alternatively we may offer a creative writing  or poetry workshop using found and natural objects as triggers. 

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.