Stonebridge City farm is like a living classroom, ideal for helping young children learn about animals and farm life. We welcome school classes, special needs groups, parents and toddler groups, Cubs and Brownies. We have great gardens, paddocks, a playground, farm shop and café. If you need a “real” classroom this is also possible.
Visits to our farm begin with the group being welcomed at the front of the building. Provision to leave bags can be made available advance notice would be welcome. The group will be given an introductory talk about the farm, along with a reminder about health and safety. The group may be split into two depending on size and one half visits the animals outside while the others sit down for animal handling. After half an hour, the groups swap over.
Other activities are available depending on how long the visit is (most visits last an hour or an hour and a half) longer visits are possible. Extra activities may include walks around the gardens, where plants, fruit and vegetables are grown, wildlife walk, or anything, which fits into the National Curriculum.
If staying for lunch, children are taken to wash their hands and then they eat their lunch. This could be a picnic outside or in our café depending on the size of the group, availability of space and weather conditions.
Afternoon activities can be negotiated in advance; we do have a grassed area and small play area. Any activity involving farm staff would incur an extra small cost for small groups. Hands will be washed before the group departs.
The basic package will include:
- A themed walk – this can vary according to group interest and what there is available e.g. historic conservation and wildlife
- Farm tour – an introduction to the farm
Additional activities can be included to tailor the group experience:
- Ask the farmer – questions from the group
- Woodland activities – simple activities for primary pupils to learn more about trees and their uses, wild life, habitats
- Learning about animals – explaining more about the animals on the farm and how they are kept
- Growing crops – explaining how crops are grown and what they are used for
- Observing farming practices – explaining things that the group may see during their visit. These activities depend on time of day or season.
We can also extend this living classoom to school work experience programmes, this can be for one or two weeks depending on the child or school’s preference, at a small cost.
Please download following documents for your school visit…