When children visit The Co-operative Farms, they learn about:
• A range of crops, their different stages of growth and the planting and harvesting cycles.
• How plants are transformed into familiar foodstuffs
• The wildlife that lives on a farm
• The role farmers play in looking after the countryside
A typical visit would include introducing children to the day’s activities and safety information, exploring the farm and going into the fields to look at crops as they grow. Children can also try their hands at preparing healthy food on the day.
On a From Farm to Fork visit, all activities are group led and a class of children are usually split into two groups. The farm will supply necessary equipment required for activities. Our aim is to make all of our visits as cross curricular as possible and we are happy to adapt visits to suit needs.
National Curriculum links at Key Stage 2 for Science;
Science Unit 1a Ourselves
Science Unit 2a Health and growth
Science Unit 2b Habitats
Science Unit 3b Helping plants grow well
Science Unit 4b Habitats
Science Unit 5a Keeping healthy
Science Unit 5b Life cycles
Science Unit 6a Interdependence and adaptation
In Scotland, we aim to support A Curriculum for Excellence.
All of the farms offering From Farm to Fork experiences have received training and are accredited by CEVAS- the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme- which is the sign of a high quality visit and farm experience.