EDUCATION

HAVING A GREAT VISIT TO OLD HOLLY FARM

Education

We love welcoming school trips to the farm, and we know schools love visiting too with lots of our schools coming year after year. We want to give you a unique opportunity for young minds to explore the countryside – discovering its inhabitants and its agricultural importance. This provides an ideal prospect for educational visits to encourage cross – curricular learning across a broad range of ages from pre-school upwards, no matter what the childs background. We can offer trips all year round so it doesn’t matter when you are covering a topic.

We support the government agency campaign Think Food and Farming, and focus our activities around these learning experiences. We are also a member of FACE (Farming And Countryside Education) which is a charity who work to inspire children to learn more about food, farming and countryside. Click on the image below to be taken to the Think Food and Farming and FACE websites.

Secondary School, College and Further Education visits
We also love working with older students, who may want to learn about diversification and what that means to farming, families and the local economy and population. Typically this will support learning in Geography, Business Studies, Social as well as Agricultural subjects.

For more information please contact Alison on [email protected].

Our Visits

We work hard to ensure that all our customers are safe when visiting our farm, especially school visits. As part of the booking process we provide a thorough risk assessment and information pack free of charge. We also invite you along for a free pre-visit where we can talk through the visit, health and safety and any particular requests.

For information regarding E. coli 0157 please visit our Safety page.

A Typical visit – includes being able to touch, smell and learn about traditional farm animals in a safe controlled environment; the opportunity to learn about dairy farming and where milk comes from; a classroom based craft activity; and a session in our indoor Playbarn to burn off some energy and have some fun.

We use our stand alone classroom, with its own toilet and hand wash facilities which provides an excellent base for your trip.

The team who run your visit will manage the timings and the organisation of your day, and you will be provided with a timetable a few days before your visit. The team will also advise the group when to wash their hands, but we are more than happy to work around individual requirements.

Planning your visit – Teachers are encouraged to pre-visit the farm, which is free of charge to maximize the educational potential of the school visit and see what we have on offer. We can help produce worksheets or packs to ensure you get the most from your visit. We will provide written risk assessments for school visits, however it is important that you produce your own prior to the visit.

Group numbers – please be advised that the maximum number of children we can take is 36 children in one visit. If you would like to bring a larger number then please call us to discuss.

Please be aware that we will not compromise the quality, safety and overall experience of the childrens visit.

Timings – We will work around the needs of your school and distance you have to travel, but a normal visit runs for around 4 hours, from 10am to 2pm.

Price – Depending on the length of your visit, and the activities included, a normal visit costs £7 per child. Adults and entry to the farm is free.

Please contact us on 01524 791200 (option 2) or email us at [email protected] and ask for more details.

CEVAS Accreditation

CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. A nationally recognised accreditation, the scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.

Have a look here for more info about why visiting a farm might work for you http://www.visitmyfarm.org/teachers