Information For Schools
Country Trust Teacher Webinar December 2020
On 1st December 2020, we held a webinar for the fantastic teachers that we work with in providing high quality educational experiences for the most disadvantaged children across England and North Wales.
- How you can safely take your pupils to farms in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- All about socially-distanced educational activities we can offer.
- The latest government guidance on Health & Safety for educational visits.
- How your Country Trust Coordinator will support you to give your children the most fun and engaging farm experience possible.
- Everything you need to know about Farm in a Box, our new programme which brings the farm to school!
The Teacher Webinar included a truly inspiring speech from our guest speaker Professor Mick Waters, who currently works with schools in the West Midlands in raising educational standards.
And, from The Country Trust: Jill Attenborough, Mary Hext, and Katie Watts, with compère Sue Thompson.
You can access the links suggested by our fantastic speakers in this Webinar Resources PDF.
You can read up on all the latest Health & Safety advice here.
The Country Trust works with schools in areas of social and economic disadvantage, and schools catering for children with Special Educational Needs.
To support our schools during the pandemic we have put together a guide for Learning Outside the classroom:
The first of our ‘pocketful of ideas’ videos inspires teachers to take learning outside. This video gives some tips on how to get pupils to attend to the natural world and then talk about it:
The second of our 'pocketful of ideas' focuses on learning maths outdoors. These activities make use of pupil’s natural inquisitiveness by challenging them to use their numeracy skills to find record breaking trees in the school grounds.
The third of our 'pocketful of ideas' introduces four different activities designed to show pupils different breathing techniques for wellbeing.
The Country Trust has created 'Grow for it!' packs for Young Carers. These colourful booklets are filled with fun, creative activities centred around farming, gardening and growing.
Farm in a Box Online
As part of our programme, Farm in a Box Online, our host farmers introduce us to their livestock and crops in a wonderful video.
You can learn more about farmers and the food they grow by doing this quiz, which accompanies the video.
You can access an excellent collection of teaching resources on the following websites:
Kit lists for children
The Country Trust strongly recommends that all pupils and adult helpers wear wellies on Farm Discovery visits to livestock farms. See flyer here
How do you build a welly bank? Here's a flyer you can use in its entirety or just copy and paste the wording, and send it home with pupils to get parents and carers to find you some wellies
Here we list items your child will need when particpating in one of our following activities:
Countryside Discovery Residentials
Health and Safety resources
You can download the following Country Trust forms:
You will find helpful information on the following site:
Information about schools
Two useful resources to help schools find out whether they fit our criteria can be found here:
Compare school and college performance (Ofsted school comparison tool)
Information about outdoor learning
Education Today is the only business magazine targeting the entire education sector from primary to adult education. In May 2016, they published the following about The Country Trust and outdoor learning:
Garden Life teamed up with The Country Trust to create an informative article, not only highlighting the benefits to outdoor learning but also with an aim to encourage schools to get more involved. Read on to find out what we’ve been up to:
A number of schools have blogged about their Country Trust visits and experiences. Here is a selection: