Nearly every topic in the National Curriculum can be linked somehow with a real life application through a farm visit. Please let us know YOUR aims for the visit, be it Primary, Middle or Secondary School.
Since we are a mixed farm, we have livestock, arable and wildlife, not to mention heritage, geology, and links with overseas sustainability…try us! We usually take groups of less than twenty children. Some schools prefer a half day visit, combining it with a trip to the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, just a mile away.
Health and Safety is important to us so we have various written Policies, not to mention rules we always run through at the start of any visit.
- Single toilet & hand-washing facility; portable four-hand-washing facility.
- Areas for wet weather shelter are also in agricultural use ie. Working barns for hay/straw and livestock.
- Parking available.
- Historic, recently restored buildings around a courtyard.
- Limited supply of wellies/overalls to borrow.
- Livestock: suckler herd of cattle; sheep, chickens, Saddle-back pigs, donkeys, farm dogs, guinea pigs & quail.
- Small pond, easily & safely viewed.
- Arable fields, grassland and typical Chilterns geology
- Woodland, hedgerows and plentiful wildlife (in Countryside Stewardship).
- Mini- and macro-beasts a plenty!
- Resident experts in agriculture, ecology and bush-craft skills
- Archery range and Instructor with air rifle targets available
Examples of topics:
Farming Everyday: lambing, calving (only in the spring) and general running of a mixed farm.
Field to Plate: Looking at arable crops as well as livestock, where they start and where they finish.
Geology & Development: The role of Flints & water in historic settlement and importance of FIRE!
Historic Landscapes: considering succession, grassland management, hedge maintenance etc
Mini-beasts and Meadows: Grasslands and woodlands as vital habitats
Sustainability & Subsistence: Exploring world agriculture including keyhole gardens & donkeys.