At Greatworth Hall We Are Passionate About Outdoor Learning
We feel that in order to be well informed about farming practices, where food comes from, and how to live a healthy lifestyle, children should experience it first-hand. We unashamedly teach children where meat comes from, the lifecycle of a sheep and chicken, along with non-organic farming practices. This teaches and helps them to understand the countryside in an honest and clear way. Often farming is misrepresented by media or by people who simply do not know or understand the industry; we want to correct this image by being transparent and honest with children as we share our industry with them.
It is important to us at Greatworth Hall that the learning done on the farm compliments the learning in school, we understand that teachers have a lot to achieve each year and we want the farm visit to be part of that rather than produce more work for teachers. Therefore, the activities we run link strongly to the national curriculum and are always a starting point for more learning in school.
A typical farm visit includes the following:
- Lessons planned by a qualified teacher with learning objectives and success criteria linked to the national curriculum
- Up to 4 activities planned and delivered throughout the day
- Suggestions for preparation and follow up work
- Children take something home with them at the end of the day (this is sometimes food they have prepared or cooked, artwork, or a plant in a home-made plant pot)
- Strong links to learning in school; specific topics, Mathematics, English or Science work
- Evaluation sent out to teachers and feedback used to inform future visits
A one off day visit is a good way of experiencing what we offer and can be particularly appealing if Farming is a topic you are covering in school. The day generally lasts between 9.30a.m and 3.00p.m but can be negotiated and timings altered to fit in with your transport.
We do offer just morning or afternoon sessions as well for schools who would like to visit with SEN children, children with behavioural needs or very young children.
Our Partner Farm
We are passionate about children truly understanding seasonality at Greatworth Hall Farm Education Centre. For this reason we have established a partnership with schools through which children can interact with the changing seasons throughout the year. Closely linked with the national curriculum, a great way to link outdoor learning, seasonal change, and fun learning activities year round.
Our Partner Farm provides schools with the following, in addition to the provision for day visits:
- 4 visits to the farm in an academic year (suggested 1 per season)
- Follow a field - learn the process of seed to harvest
- Track a tree - observe seasonal changes in nature
- Adopt a sheep - follow a sheep through it's yearly cycle
The scheme has been designed to foster a close relationship with schools and children. When schools partner with us, children have a greater sense of ownership and belonging each time they visit the farm.
It is the school's decision how they use the Our Partner Farm Scheme so that it works for them; some choose for one year group to connect with us, others involve the whole school, or a whole key stage.
Typically the Partner Farm visits are a mixture of outdoor learning and specific farm focussed learning.
It is the school's decision which they would like to have more focus on and therefore the activities they choose.
We have seen the value in putting learning into real life contexts. Our aim on the farm is not to teach children how to be farmers but rather to enthuse their learning and help them to recognise the value and place of their curriculum subjects in real life.
We want to create memorable and enjoyable learning experiences for all children irrespective of their background and academic ability. We believe that all children have the right to the same opportunities and have recognised that those who grow up in the countryside engaging with the changing seasons and rural life have some advantages that others may not. Learning out of school and in the countryside offers huge benefits of seeing science, maths, geography and other curriculum areas in action. We feel it is important that all children have the opportunity to experience this.