Guided Farm Visits - sample plan of a day for Key Stage 3

Usually we split school parties into smaller groups of 10 -20 children/young people (maximum) for activities. Activities are run as a carousel so that both groups 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 a KS3 group might typically expect during the course of a day’s visit.

 

Time

Activity

Summary

10.00 – 10.15

Arrival and welcome

Young people will be welcomed by the Farm Team who will introduce themselves. Everyone is briefed about hazards around the farm and the location of 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

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.  This environment provides a perfect location for KS3 activities including Science, geography, creative writing or maths activities. the workshop would reflect your curriculum needs but as an example a typical science workshop might focus on different forms of plant pollination, climate and weather  or  soil structure. 

10.55 – 11.15

BREAK

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. At KS3 we might focus this visit on the economics of managing the farm production of chicken, and how we balance the husbandry, the  quality of the product and profit margins.

11.55 – 12.20

WORKSHOP 3

Food Production and growing

At Frogmary Green Farm we are lucky to have both a teaching garden and fields with crops.  Both environments offer  opportunities for learning and practical activities.  Typical KS3 activities might be activities around food production, maths/economics, plant reproduction, or maintaining the balance between wildlife and  farming.

12.20 – 1.05

LUNCH and Breaktime

Time for everyone to eat a packed lunch (brought from home) and enjoy some free time in our classroom, forest school area or teaching garden.

1.05 – 1.25

WORKSHOP 4

Renewable energy

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. Young people will  have an opportunity to view, discuss and understand  different forms of renewable energy production  and how this relates to the modern world  and the changing face of farming.

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, weaving, 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

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.