Day visits can now resume! #ReturnToTheFarm
School day trips can now resume under the current guidance. Following a year of disruption and limited opportunities for children, we believe that 2021 is the Year Of Opportunity for young people to reconnect with the world around them. Farm visits offer a unique way for children to learn about nature, the food they eat and the places they live. Our farm visits are free for schools who have a higher than average percentage of children eligible for Free School Meals.
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We're here to support teachers
Farm Discovery visits are tailored to suit the needs of each individual class. In consultation with the class teacher, our coordinators plan activities that link in with the curriculum and that support the children's emotional and social needs.
Every one of the Country Trust's host farms is different; a window to a wealth of possibilities. Children see animals up close for the first time; they run free in open, green space; they get close to nature and become more aware of the seasons. They discover the role of technology, science and the weather in producing food and they meet people from different walks of life. These encounters with irresistible learning allow children to build a rich bank of experiences. They fuel the imagination and enrich vocabulary, build self-esteem and act as a spark for future aspirations.
We have a network of brilliant host farmers across England and North Wales who give their time freely because they believe passionately in the need to provide children with first hand experiences of the challenges and responsibility of producing the food we eat and managing the land that sustains us. Country Trust Coordinators - who are all experienced educational professionals - organise every aspect of the visit; they advise on risk assessments, plan curriculum and personal development linked activities and ensure every visit is child-centred, safe and runs smoothly on the day.
Our Farm Discovery programme is aimed at primary schools with a higher than average perentage of children eligible for Free School Meals. We also work with Nurture Groups, PRUs, Young Carers, SEN/D schools or other groups supporting disadvantaged chidlren. There is no charge for these visits; the only expense for schools is transport.
Keeping safe on a farm visit
Pre-visits: Pre-visits between the teacher, farmer and CT coordinator are mandatory for all farm visits. They provide a vital opportunity to plan visits to be safe, inclusive, covid secure and linked to classroom learning.
Wear wellies: a great time to start building up a welly bank at the start of spring when families might be having a clear out. Wearing wellies on a farm visit means children can have fun whilst having their feet protected and they are easy for us to wash too.
Handwashing: We give demonstrations on handwashing techniques, and plan in regular handwashing breaks especially after touching animals and before lunch. Our coordinators provide mobile handwashing stations when needed.
Dress appropriately: Children and schools staff should always wear enclosed footwear and have their legs covered to make sure they are safe to walk on uneven ground and through long vegetation. Add waterproofs and or sun hats depending on the forecast.
Health and Safety talks: All Country Trust farm visits start with a health and safety talk which the children are often encouraged to contribute to. This provide children with the skills to assess their own risk in a countryside environment in the future as well as keeping everyone safe on the visit.
Covid secure: All of our farm visits are covid secure, it is written into our Risk Assessment process and planned for at pre-visits. Our visits are covid secure for our hosts, schools and coordinators.
Code of Practice
The Industry Code of Practice “Preventing or Controlling Ill Health from Animal Contact at Visitor Attractions” has been updated and is now available.