Farm visits case studies

These case studies give a flavour of the variety of educational activities that take place on farms around the country, and show how farm visits benefit pupils and teachers.


Introduction

What kinds of educational activities take place at farms?             

What educational activities do different kinds of farms offer?

How can farm visits be beneficial for pupils and their teachers?

The case studies presented here provide answers to these questions. They give a flavour of the variety of educational activities that take place on farms around the country. This includes activities:
• for different age groups/educational needs (early years, primary school, secondary school and special school)
• with different learning aims (curriculum learning, experiential learning, vocational learning, personal development and learning about sustainability)
• at different kinds of farms (working farms, open farms, city farms, residential farms and school/college farms).

It is hoped that that these case studies will be helpful and stimulating for teachers and farm educators interested in making the most of farms as environments for learning. To help teachers and farm educators find the case studies that are most relevant to their interests, the two tables below categorise the case studies by education age group then by learing aims or type of farm. The case studies are listed alphabetically after the second table.
Note: The case studies were written by an educational research consultant, Dr Mark Rickinson, on the basis of interviews with a member of staff at each of the farms. This work was carried out on behalf of Access to Farms with funding from the Department for Education and Skills.

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Case studies grouped by educational age group and learning aims

 

EARLY YEARS

PRIMARY SCHOOL

SECONDARY SCHOOL

SPECIAL SCHOOL

CURRICULUM LEARNING

 

Broxfield Farm

Chatsworth Farmyard

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream

Easton College

Lower Stock Farm

Magdalen Project

Rectory Farm

Spitalfields City Farm

Warriner School Farm Trust

Wellgate Community Farm

Whirlow Farm Trust

Magdalen Project

Manor Farm

Whirlow Farm Trust

Broxfield Farm

Lower Stock Farm

Magdalen Project

 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Spitalfields City Farm

Warriner School Farm Trust

Chatsworth Farmyard

Easton College

Lower Stock Farm

Magdalen Project

Manor Farm

Rectory Farm

Spitalfields City Farm

Warriner School Farm Trust

Wellgate Community Farm

Whirlow Farm Trust

Lower Stock Farm

Magdalen Project

Whirlow Farm Trust

Broxfield Farm

Magdalen Project

Spitalfields City Farm

VOCATIONAL LEARNING

   

Bridge Farm

Chatsworth Farmyard

Easton College

Warriner School Farm Trust

Wellgate Community Farm

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Magdalen Project

Bridge Farm

Easton College

Magdalen Project

Warriner School Farm Trust

Wellgate Community Farm

Magdalen Project

LEARNING ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY

 

Magdalen Project

Magdalen Project

Manor Farm

Magdalen Project

Case studies grouped by educational age group and type of farm

 

 

 

WORKING FARMS

OPEN FARMS

CITY FARMS

RESIDENTIAL FARMS

SCHOOL/ COLLEGE FARMS

CURRICULUM

LEARNING

Broxfield Farm

Lower Stock Farm

Manor Farm

Rectory Farm

Chatsworth Farmyard

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream

 

Spitalfields City Farm

Wellgate Community Farm

 

Magdalen Project

Whirlow Farm Trust

 

Warriner School Farm Trust

Easton College

 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Broxfield Farm

Lower Stock Farm

Manor Farm

Rectory Farm

Chatsworth Farmyard

 

Spitalfields City Farm

Wellgate Community Farm

Magdalen Project

Whirlow Farm Trust

Warriner School Farm Trust

Easton College

 

VOCATIONAL LEARNING

Bridge Farm

 

Chatsworth Farmyard

 

Wellgate Community Farm

 

 

Warriner School Farm Trust

Easton College

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Bridge Farm

 

 

Wellgate Community Farm

 

Magdalen Project

 

Warriner School Farm Trust

Easton College

 

LEARNING ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY

 

Manor Farm

   

Magdalen Project