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Educational Visits UK

ISSUE 5 | MAY 2010

Farm Visits Inspire Learning

Thornton Hall Farm Country Park

Findings from research undertaken in 2009* highlighted how farm visits stimulate learning in many areas including literacy, numeracy, science, art, design and technology, ICT, history, geography, PSHE, citizenship and RE.

According to teachers who took part in the research, farm visits were the inspiration for many different activities and discussions in the classroom.

The research found that embedding the experience of a farm visit in classroom learning was best achieved when it was planned well in advance, to coincide with specific curriculum topics.

Teachers found that farm visits provided a venue for children to focus on many environmental awareness raising campaigns designed to promote awareness and understanding of the environment, increase physical activity and encourage healthy eating, including the Change 4 Life, 5-a-day and Eat well initiatives.

Thornton Hall Farm Country Park in North Yorkshire offers award-winning all-weather facilities on a spotlessly clean working farm at the foot of the Yorkshire Dales. The farm is an LoTC quality badge holder and an approved member of the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme
The farm is easily accessible for schools from North & West Yorkshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

For further information
or telephone 01282 841148.

*Research undertaken by Dr. Frances Harris, Kingston University, London. Funding Body/Source: Ernest Cook Trust research duration Jun 2008 - May 2009

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