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Welcome to our news page with special offers and programme updates from our newsletters to schools.

To book for residential visits … just call us on 0114 2360096.

lambs-webOver 30 years’ experience … 

“Children have experienced life on a farm and seen animals only previously seen in books and pictures!”     Firshill School

“It has opened their eyes to the beauty of the environment and to where their food actually comes from.”    Parkwood Academy

Thanks to the recent sunny weather our grass is growing, buds are opening, the lambs are out gambolling in the fields, and we are busily planting fruit and veg. Take advantage of our summer price reduction and join the education team to experience our farm first hand at this exciting time of year.

Check out the current brochures here: Our programme, meeting your curriculum needs and providing your pupils with a truly rewarding experience outside the classroom. Details of residential visits are in there too!

Our vocational skills programme has really taken off with many schools participating in courses at different levels.

Special offers
Our prices for day visits are still great value with some special offers on summer rates, and we have a travel bursary and a sponsorship scheme for groups that meet the criteria. Please ask when booking.

News – Primary…

lazy-farmer-webLiteracy/Storybook escapade
Our repertoire of Literacy book sessions is growing and we are now adding a new story book: Farmer Duck. This joins the ranks of our already popular Gruffalo and Little Red Hen sessions.
Children will be able to experience working for the lazy farmer and help the poor, overworked duck with his chores. From washing up to feeding the sheep and moving chickens, children will learn about the benefits of working together as a team while embedding literacy skills taught in school, as we bring this countryside tale to life.

Science on the farm
As the ground warms up, our new planting season is under way. Why not explore the wider farm and discover the unusual micro-organisms that lurk in the undergrowth and play a vital role on the land. Observe them under the video microscope. Our pond is also teeming with life and summer is the perfect time to find out what lies beneath the water. ‘Hands-on farming’ is another great way of getting involved in practical activities outside and learning more about food and farming.

early-farming-session-web Early Farming is now up and running.
Linked closely to the curriculum, this fun and interactive session offers children the opportunity to experience how early farmers lived. With our fascinating history farm tour, we take children on a journey of farming through the ages, explore artifacts from our archaeological dig and find out how animal breeds have changed over the centuries.

Sign up for our Forest Schools pilot programme.
Sign up for 2/3 sessions:

  1. 30-minute FREE outreach session in schoool
  2. 20% off Forest Schools Day Visit 1 – Farm Tour + Farm Forest School
  3. 40% off Forest Schools Day Visit 2 – Minibeasting + Farm Forest School

All sessions led by our Education Officer in the final stage of Forest Schools training. Activities include weaving, tree identification and den building. Longer course available. Please enquire.

News – Secondary…

Science on the farm
As the ground warms up, our new planting season is under way. Why not explore the wider farm and discover the unusual invertebrates that lurk in the undergrowth and play a vital role on the land? Observe them under the video microscope. Our pond is also teeming with life and summer is the perfect time to find out what lies beneath the water. ‘Hands-on farming’ is another great way of getting involved in practical activities outside and learning more about food and farming.

Business enterprise
Calling all budding entrepreneurs! Come and participate in hands-on agriculture and see what is involved in large-scale fruit and veg production. Develop a business idea for selling our soft fruits, eggs, vegetables or sausages. Suitable for Y6/7 transitions, GCSE Business Studies or as a new to sixth form team-building exercise.

Archaeology experience
A Romano-British settlement was recently discovered on farmland at Whirlow. We are excited to be working in partnership with a local history group to submit a Heritage Lottery funding bid to develop this excavation and offer new and innovative experiences for young people. We are keen to develop links with schools and hope to engage students in:

  • Field walking to find prehistoric artefacts such as flint tools
  • Archaeological excavation of the site
  • Photography and film making
  • PowerPoint presentation preparation
  • Pamphlet and display-board design
  • Artistic representations of life on the site
  • Period-costume design and creation
  • Re-enactment for open days
  • Helping to build an Iron Age house

A FREE session for teachers in school with one of the country’s leading archaeologists is available for participating schools. Please get in touch with Katie Jermain at the number below if you would like to be involved.

CoursHands-on-farming-webes and qualifications
This year we will be offering the following courses for 14+ students:

  • Level  2 – BTEC in Animal Care (counts as a GCSE  in the school league tables)
  • Entry Level/Level 1 – AQA Unit Awards
  • City and Guilds Award in Land-based Studies (Level 1).
  • City and Guilds Skills for Working Life – horticulture/poultry units (Entry Level)

As a working farm we are able to offer a “hands-on” experience with a wide range of animals including: sheep, pigs, poultry, rabbits and guinea pigs.

“Whirlow is a wonderful experience to raise self-esteem, promote independence and instil confidence. We love coming to Whirlow and particularly love that the staff are so friendly and flexible and willing to help.”

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