School and college visits
Farms are great classrooms which maybe a surprise to some.
“All life and death is here”
You may think the death bit is over the top but to get some foods, animals die and it is good to discuss that.
Maths, science, english, history, music, dance can all be studied during a farm visit. Often the students will not realise that it is part of the curriculum.
If you would like to download a presentation in pdf format explaining how a farm visit can be used in education please click here
Maths: 1m2 of a wheat crop can produce 1kg of wheat which in turn can be ground to produce 700g of flour. For a small loaf you need 500g of flour. How many loafs from a 6ha field? (1ha is 10,000m2)
English: from the above where does the term ‘daily grind’ come from.
Write a diary of a cows’ day. Write a thank you letter to the
farmer (always well received).
History: How many people used to work on the farm?
What changed in 1800s that so many people moved to the towns?
Geography: Why are certain crops or animals raised in this area?
What are the competing land uses?
Science: How is silage (pickled grass for winter feed) made?
What is the process to make Ammonium Nitrate fertilizer?
Why are certain materials used in the milking shed and not on
Music: record noises on the farm to make a sound track.
Dance: use animal movements to create a dance.
PHSE: Should food be low cost or is animal welfare important?
And the list can go on!
A good source of information about farm visits can be found on the FACE, Farming And Countryside Education, website.
We host visits from primary and secondary/ sixth form colleges as well as Universities. The visit is tailored to the group and pitched at the appropriate level.
Most of the university students are on agricultural or countryside management courses but we have had several groups of trainee teachers learning about farm visits for schools.
If you are interested in bringing a group to the farm please contact us.
At present we are part of DEFRA’s Higher Level Scheme Educational Access which pays for the visit.