We can offer annually up to 25 two hour trips to schools, which are funded from the government, through the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme (HLS).
All of our HLS farm sessions can be appropriate for any primary year group. We will alter the activities to ensure they are age appropriate and will try to include any requests from teachers, to match any project work at school.
|Harvest (available September and October)||Explore the farming year for growing crops and tour around farm seeing the drilled fields. See wheat in the barn and grind some down to make flour, use flour to make homemade playdough. Link to the Little Red Hen story, to include seeing the real red hen! |
|Lambing (dates will be confirmed each year, usually around mid March)||Learn about lambing time on a farm. Walk around farmyard, seeing the lambs with their mothers and discover the work a farmer has to do. If there is a cade lamb (without a mother), help bottle feed it. Craft activity with sheep’s wool. Tractor and trailer ride (weather dependent).|
|Farm Animals - Sheep focus||Learn about animal production, considering animal welfare and the life of a farmer over a year looking after sheep. Potential tractor and trailer ride to see sheep in a field or walk (weather dependent). Help feed sheep. Visit pet animals - donkeys, horses, hens, check for eggs.|
|Crops||Explore the farming calendar with the varying processes from drilling the seed to combining the crops. Tractor and trailer ride around the farm to identify the current stage of growth. Look closely at the roots and different parts of the plants. On return to the farmyard, grind corn to make flour and finish with a craft activity.|
|Farm Conservation||Interactive tractor and trailer ride around the farm, stopping at various places to explore the conservation work being carried out on the farm. Activities can include, helping Farmer Brian with a conservation project or completing a wildlife survey over different habitats.|
|Woodland Habitats||Children to explore what plants and animals live in the woods. Go on a nature detectives walk in the woods, children building an animal home in small groups, considering an animal of their choice, and choosing an appropriate place to build it, using natural materials. Finish by children sharing their creations with the group. An alternative to exploring woodland habitats is to focus on minibeasts. Children would explore woodlands habitats, hunting for minibeasts and compare those found in a wood to those found in field margins. Children can investigate minibeasts through magnifying glasses and observational drawings.|