Guided Farm Visits - Pre-visit Information

 

We want children to get the most out of their visit to Frogmary Green Farm so we have put together information that will help you prepare for your visit and what to expect on the day.

 

Times: The guided farm visits run from 10am – 2pm with plenty of time for lunch and free-play on the field.

 

Group size: We offer farm visits to a maximum of 40 children. The Frogmary Green Farm Team want to ensure children get the most out of their farm experience. Having smaller group sizes means the team can really interact with every child and offer them the best learning experience.

 

Contact details: When you book your farm visit we will need you to provide details of the lead teacher, who will be accompanying the children on the visit, plus details of your head teacher or another member of your SLT. This is in case a member of staff is absent and details need to be picked up by someone else.

 

Workshop groups: On arrival children will be divided into groups (except in the case of very small schools). Children will stay in these groups as they attend workshops in different areas of the farm. We suggest that each member of school staff is allocated to a group of children. We recommend 2 accompanying adults per group of 10 children.

 

Accompanying adults: Teachers and accompanying adults play a very important role in encouraging children to take an active part in the day. To help this, we expect that any accompanying adults will be provided with a copy or link to the pre-visit information before coming to the farm. We positively encourage children to ask questions and feel confident to express their ideas about farming, growing and the natural environment. It makes a huge difference to their learning and experience if:

  • they have an opportunity to start thinking about their visit before they come to the farm
  • the adults around them fully engage in the day

Clothes: Whatever the weather, we want everyone to have a good time so please remind children to come prepared for all seasons. We recommend warm clothing, wellies and waterproofs, if it’s cold or wet, and sunhats and protective clothing if it’s sunny. Children should expect to get a bit muddy so not to wear anything too smart!

 

Safety: Frogmary Green Farm is a working farm so we need children to be safe at all times. When walking to workshops and moving around the farm we request that children remain behind the workshop lead at all times and, where possible, be organised into pairs.

 

Behaviour: The team at Frogmary Green want every child to fully enjoy their day. Teaching staff are reminded that the children they bring to the farm are their responsibility and staff will be expected to help the children to manage appropriate behaviour throughout the day.

 

Pre-visit Meeting: To prepare for your visit, you may wish to conduct an onsite risk assessment. Frogmary Green Farm offers schools an opportunity to visit the farm before their trip. Details of the pre-visit meetings are on the booking form.

 

Lunchtime: If the weather is fine, children will have their lunch on the field otherwise they will eat inside the conference space.

 

Toilets: Toilets are available in the main building and children should be accompanied by a member of school staff. Children should wash their hands before lunch.

 

Contact details for farm visits:

Jane Kayley – Play Development Worker

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