Resources

'Farming is Magic' films

Farming is Magic is a collection of short films that demonstrate how real farmers deliver activities on their farm. The videos cover arable and livestock farming and are designed both to inspire farmers and reassure them that running educational visits is easy and rewarding.  Read more...

3D farm cut-outs

Templates to create 3D models of farm animals, fruit and a tractor. Read more...

A toolkit for farmers leading educational visits.

A toolkit for farmers leading educational visits. Read more...

Access for all

Would you like some helpful hints on how to make your site accessible to all users?

This guide to producing an access audit helps to draw together ideas for access to all. Read more...

All about risk assessment

HSE slide presentation explaining the value of risk assessments and how to carry them out in a farming environment. Read more...

Applied science in agriculture


Examples of the many ways that agriculture makes use of applied science. Read more...

Bayer / FACE Awards 2011 Winners

Bayer FACE Awards 2011 WinnersThe Bayer / FACE Awards 2011 took place on 20th September at the Clothworkers' Hall in London.

These short videos explain how the winners carry out farm visits, making them excellent case studies.

Bayer / FACE Awards 2013 Winners

Bayer FACE Awards WinnersAt the Bayer/FACE awards ceremony held at The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in central London, representatives from across the agriculture and education spectrum celebrated the presentation of awards to farmers and countryside organisations demonstrating the very best in farming and countryside education.

Bayer/FACE Awards 2017

The entry period for the 2017 Bayer/FACE Awards is now OPEN. Entries must be received by the closing date - Friday 14th April 2017. Read on for more information about the Award categories and how to enter. Read more...

Bridge Farm

Cows at Bridge Farm Bridge Farm is a 37 acre Soil Association-registered organic farm in rural Lincolnshire. It operates a variety of enterprises ranging from goats milk and cheese production to vegetable growing, poultry rearing and wildlife conservation. Read more...

Broxfield Farm

Child and Cows at Broxfield FarmBroxfield is a lowland mixed farm (668 acres) near to the coast of Northumberland just north of Alnwick. It is a commercial modern farm with a mixture of cereal crops, suckler beef cows and sheep. The farm is currently undergoing conversion to organic status.

Carriage of passengers on farm trailers

HSE information sheet detailing the safe use of farm trailers to carry passengers Read more...

Chatsworth Farmyard

Learning to Weave at Chatsworth Chatsworth Farmyard is part of the Chatsworth House Estate in Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park. The Farmyard at Chatsworth was set up in 1973 to help visitors understand how and why the land around Chatsworth is used to produce food and timber. The farmyard has a cross-section of livestock including dairy cows and beef cattle, sheep for meat and wool, poultry, pigs, game fish and birds, as well as a shire horse, a Shetland pony and goats.

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream

Learning to milk at Cheshire Farm.Cheshire Farm Ice Cream is a dairy farm in south west Cheshire that specialises in the production and sale of ice cream. The farm’s Ice Cream Parlour has become a popular visitor attraction for over 250,000 people annually. The farm now includes a tea room, an under 6’s play barn, an outdoor adventure play area, a gift shop and rescued birds of prey and small animals.

Child safety in agriculture

HSE slide presentation showing how to identify hazards and reduce risks to children on farms. Read more...

Children's activities on farm open days

Involving children in hands-on learning. Read more...

Christmas rural crafts

How to make seasonal decorations from natural materials using a variety of rural crafts Read more...

Clean hands signage for farms hosting visits


A toolkit of signs to encourage farm visitors to wash their hands, produced by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens Read more...

Coming Clean

An informative article first published in the July 2010 issue of Country Smallholding for anyone who opens thier smallholding to the public. Read more...

Common zoonoses in agriculture

HSE information sheet detailing ways to reduce the risks associated with a small group of animal diseases (known as zoonoses) that can also affect humans. Read more...

Communication skills

Advice on how to create an interesting and informative talk for school children, and some pitfalls to avoid. Read more...

Controlling infection on farms

A set of materials about infection control on farms, developed in response to the recommendations of the Griffin Report into the 2009 outbreak of E.coli 1057 on an open farm.  It includes information sheets and children\'s activities to highlight important topics such as handwashing. Read more...

Crunch

Love it Eat it offers the Crunch booklet filled with interesting facts about the food we grow here in Britain and designed for primary school children. The books are easy to read, attractive, fun, and a useful, memorable, informative reference . Read more...

Dairy Farm Visit: during visit activities

Six activites for KS1 and KS2 that can be used during a farm visit. Some are tailored to dairy farming, but could be adapted to other types of farm. Curriculum links are summarised at the end. Read more...

Dairy Farm Visit: post-visit activities

Five activites for KS1 and KS2 that can be used during a farm visit. Some are tailored to dairy farming, but could be adapted to other types of farm. Read more...

Dairy Farm Visits: pre-visit activities

Six activites for KS1 and KS2 that can be used in preparation for a farm visit. Some are tailored to dairy farming, but could be adapted to other types of farm. Read more...

DBS Disclosure through FACE

Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) is registered with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) as an Umbrella Body and provides a service to its members by helping them gain access to Disclosures without the administrative burden. Read more...

Designing effective worksheets

Guidance to help you produce good worksheets for use on school visits. Read more...

Easton College Farm

Easton College Farm is a 280 hectare working commercial mixed farm attached to a land-based college seven miles west of Norwich. It is a teaching farm that carries out livestock rearing (dairy cows, pigs, sheep, poultry and deer) and arable production (wheat, barley, sugar beet and maize). The farm also has a Schools’ Barn with a classroom, study area, resource centre and garden, as well as the grounds of the wider college site.

Easy cooking

Practical cookery for children that can be carried out with limited facilities. Read more...

Engaging and talking to children

How to involve children in learning about your farm, with tips for keeping them engaged and interested. Read more...

Environmental arts

Inspiring ideas for creative activities in the open air. Read more...

Farm activities for KS1 History

KS1 History activities that can be carried out before, during or after a school visit. Read more...

Farm visit and farmer's year poster

Two posters in one. Making the case for visiting farms, and a highly engaging visual explanation of the farmer's year in the UK. Read more...

Farm visits and GCSE Science: How could connections with and visits to local farms enrich learning?

Farm visits and GCSE Science: How could connections with and visits to local farms enrich learning?
This list of ideas has been put together to try and give teachers some ideas for how connections with and visits to local farms might enrich learning in GCSE Science. Read more...

Farm visits and secondary Geography

How could connections with and visits to local farms enrich learning? Read more...

This list of ideas has been put together by FACE Trustee and Geography Co-ordinator Helen Cox to try and give teachers some ideas for how connections with and visits to local farms might enrich learning in Secondary Geography. Read more...

Farm visits and secondary geography

A list of ideas to try to give teachers some ideas for how connections with and visits to local farms might enrich learning in secondary geography. Read more...

Farm visits and the curriculum

How visiting a farm can provide stimulus and materials for many topics across a range of curriculum subjects. Read more...

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.

Farm-based activities for children with special educational needs

A case study of how one school in Wiltshire used farm visits to raise attainment in children with special educational needs. Read more...

Farm-based activities for Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage activities that can be carried out before, during or after a school visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS1 and KS2 PHSE

KS1 and KS2 PHSE activities that can be carried out before, during or after a school visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS1 and KS2 RE

KS1 and KS2 RE activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS1 Art

Art activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS1 Dance

Dance activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS1 Design and Technology

KS1 Design and Technology activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS1 English

KS1 English activities that can be carried out before, during or after a school visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS1 Geography

KS1 Geography activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS1 Maths

KS1 Maths activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS1 Music

KS1 Music activities that can be carried out before, during or after a school visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS1 Science

KS1 activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS2 Art

KS2 Art activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS2 Computing

KS2 Computing activities that can be carried out before, during and after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS2 Design and Technology

KS2 Design and Technology activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS2 English

KS2 English activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS2 Geography

KS2 Geography activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS2 History

KS2 History activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS2 Maths

KS2 Maths activities that can be carried out before, during or after a school visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS2 Music

KS2 Music activities that can be carried out before, during or after a school visit. Read more...

Farm-linked activities for KS2 Science

KS2 Science activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farm-linked resources for KS1 Computing

KS1 computing activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit. Read more...

Farmers Visiting Schools Resource Pack

Farmers into schools coverA helpful pack of guidance and ideas for farmers going into schools. Read more...

Farming counts

A set of ten maths resources designed to help teachers use the location of a farm to innovate and enrich the maths curriculum. The resources have been developed by FACE with support from Yorkshire Bank. Read more...

FarmSafe for schools

Farming and countryside safety teaching materials for KS1 and KS2 teachers, developed by Cornish Mutual. Read more...

Food and drink workshop activities

A variety of activities that can be used to explore some of the issues surrounding food production. Read more...

Games for the outdoor classroom

Sharing ideas for everyone working outside with young people Read more...

Hands-on history

Incoporating history into activities on the farm and in the classroom. Read more...

How to make a model milking cow

A short guide to constructing the extremely popular model milking cow. Read more...

Industry Code of Practice

The purpose of this Code of Practice is to help ensure visitor health and safety by providing sensible, practical and proportionate guidance on preventing or controlling ill health at visitor attractions. Read more...

Involving children in risk on farms

A resource to support teachers and farmers in helping children develop age-appropriate understanding of risk during a farm visit through active learning. Read more...

Learning opportunities through food, farming and the countryside

Diagrammatic summary linking food, farming and countryside topics with curriculum subjects. Read more...

Lower Stock Farm

Children at Lower Stock FarmLower Stock is a 250 acre farm at the foot of the Mendip Hills in Somerset near to the villages of Langford and Wrington. It is a working livestock farm with 1000 cows and 7000 pigs and produces 2.5 thousand tonnes of cheese each year.

Making an effective presentation

How to structure your presentation and deliver it with confidence. Read more...

Manor Farm

Manor Farm is a 121 acre organic farm in Long Whatton, Leicestershire. It undertakes a mixture of livestock rearing (beef cattle and sheep) and crop production (what, beans and oats). The farm also has areas of historic ridge and furrow landscape, hay meadow and wetland, as well as a farm shop selling organic produce.

Maths on the farm

Fun ideas and activities for incoporatiung maths into farm visits. Read more...

Media Guidelines

A useful document when dealing with the media. Read more...

Papermaking, storyboards and bookmaking

Learn a range of crafts skills, and transfer tehm to the farm or classroom. Read more...

PE & Cultural Heritage Skills Share resource

FACE has worked with the Peak District Environmental Education Network on two previous Skills Sharing publications looking at Geography and Science. This new e-booklet has a focus on two areas: PE and Cultural Heritage. Read more...

Preparing an education pack

Guidance on compiling useful information for teachers about your farm.It is useful to prepare an education pack for your farm.  Read more...

Preventing or controlling ill health from animal contact at visitor attractions

Advice to teachers and others as part of Industry code of practice providing sensible, practical and proportionate guidance to help ensure visitor health and safety at farms and other attractions. Read more...

Quick activities

Games and challenges that can be completed quickly during a farm visit. Read more...

Rectory Farm

Rectory Farm Rectory Farm is a 150 acre mixed farm in the Ouse Valley, Buckinghamshire. The main focus is on livestock rearing with 550 ewes and 35 suckler cows, alongside 50 acres of arable production including wheat, winter oats and barley. The farm also encompasses a mile and a half of the Great Ouse on its northern border, a section of disused railway line and a designated water meadow wildlife site.

Risk Management Tool launched for farm events

The Access to Farms Partnership which includes FACE has released a practical Risk Management Tool to help farmers and other farm visitor attractions manage a successful event. Read more...

Rural crafts

Have a go at rag rugging, weaving, corn-dolly making and other rural crafts Read more...

Sample evaluation sheets

Two examples of forms used by farmers to evaluate school visits. Read more...

Sample Risk Assessment

A sample risk assessment form for your farm.

Schools' Country Picnic Pack

Schools' Country Picnic Pack has lots of ideas to encourage you to celebrate the countryside by holding a school picnic. Read more...

Seasonal celebrations

How to incorporate seasonal celebrations into a farm visit. Read more...

Spitalfields City Farm

Children on an Egg day at Spitalfields City FarmSpitalfields City Farm is a 1.8 acre community farm in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets. Sited on a former railway goods’ depot, the farm was started in 1978 in response to local people’s wishes to convert wasteland into allotments. It now has a range of farm animals including goats, sheep, pigs, a donkey, a pony, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and ferrets, as well as vegetable gardens, wildlife gardens and sheltered areas.

Storytelling

Exploring the role of storytelling in visits to farms and other outdoor locations. Read more...

Summer crafts

Basic floristry projects to try with children or adults, using cost-effective items and materials you can gather outdoors. Read more...

Teacher checklist for farm visits

Useful tips and advice on the practicalities of preparing for a farm visit. Read more...

Template - School Sign Off Form

Sign off form for the school if local press are attending Read more...

Template Letter to Schools

A template introduction letter to the school to be sent from farmers. Read more...

Template Media Call

To be sent by farmers to their local press to invite the local photographer down to take pictures of the day Read more...

Template Parental Consent Form

Parental consent form for the use of photographs being taken on the day Read more...

Template Posters

A series of posters to promote your farm is open for school visits – consider displaying in libraries, village halls, staff room notice boards, your local education authority office. Read more...

Template Press Release

Local press release to be used by farmers. To be sent by farmers to their local press to announce they are open for school visits  Read more...

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The Magdalen Project

Child at The Magdalen ProjectThe Magdalen Project is a residential organic farm and education centre on the banks of the River Axe on the Dorset-Somerset border. Its 130 acres includes a mixed small holding with chickens, sheep, cows and organic vegetables, along with recycled and forest gardens, river frontage, woodland areas and wildlife ponds.

Trails on the farm

Self-guided trails are a popular way of encouraging groups to explore outdoors and here are a number of ideas to adapt for different locations. Read more...

Tudor farming day

A case study of a farm using history as a theme for an interactive day engaging pupils in all things Tudor! Written for farmers but with lots of ideas for teachers too. Read more...

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Visiting a dairy farm

Resource produced by FACE in partnership with Waitrose and DairyCrest and available as a free CD. It introduces primary-aged children to what goes on at the dairy farm where milk is produced and the land is cared for. Read more...

Warriner School Farm Trust

Children at Warriner School FarmThe Warriner School Farm is a mixed 120 acre farm based at an 11-16 secondary school in Bloxham, north Oxfordshire. It has a range of livestock including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and horses, all of which are reared on organic grassland. The farm also has an area of conventional arable land, four ancient ridge and furrow fields, a planted woodland and a collection of horse-drawn vehicles.

Wellgate Community Farm

Wellgate Community Farm is a 1.5 acre city farm in Romford, Essex. It was established in 1982 with the aim of creating ‘a growing place for groups and individual through education, training, therapy and recreation’. It is home to a variety of farm and domestic animals including cows, sheep, goats, ponies, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs. The farm also has a horticultural plot, a small conservation area, a classroom, a workshop, wheelchair-accessible pathways, a picnic area and toilets/hand washing facilities.

Wet-weather activities

What to do when the weather threatens to spoil your plans. Read more...

What is risk assessment?

How to identify hazards then assess and control the associated risks. Read more...