Information for teachers
Visiting a working farm can be hugely beneficial for children of all ages. From providing a stimulating, hands-on experience for Early Years right through to a practical demonstration of some career options for post 16s, there is something for everyone. Farms can be a great place for children to learn about the provenance of their food and to be a theme for studying core curriculum subjects such as maths, English, art and much more.
Getting children out into the countryside also has wider community benefits. A farm visit can:
- provide a stimulating and versatile outdoor classroom
- support the curriculum with engaging activities before, during and after a visit
- contribute to developing children’s social and personal skills
- create interest and motivation that can be carried back to classroom activities
- help children understand where their food comes from
- teach children in a direct, hands-on way about may important topics including nutrition, animal welfare, sustainability and conservation
- allow for physical exercise
- increase children’s appreciation and understanding of the natural environment
- give children first-hand experience of farming and the countryside
- show children the importance of good husbandry
- introduce children to some of the issues around agriculture and rural affairs
- raise awareness of careers available in the countryside
- provide an opportunity for children to meet people from different backgrounds
- allow children to understand risk and how to manage it
- provide teachers with an opportunity for professional development by gaining farming and countryside knowledge, and experience of outdoor education.
Open Farm School Days, throughout June 2018
If you would like to visit a farm we will be posting a list of Open Farm School Days participating farms on the website soon. Alternatively email LEAF email@example.com or go to the website www.growingschools.org.uk to seach for places to visit by putting in your postcode and details of your nearest farm which hosts educational visits will be listed.
Healthy Eating Week, 12th to 16th June 2018
Why not tie in a school visit with learning about food and nutrition during the first week of June by participating in Healthy Eating Week run by the British Nutrition Foundation. Information and resources can be found here: www.foodafactoflife.org.uk.
Further useful information for teachers go to: www.visitmyfarm.org
Or contact LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)
T: 024 7641 3911 firstname.lastname@example.org