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Guided Visits

Cross curricular days facilitated by our Award Winning Education Team

We hold our Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and all staff working with children hold  enhanced DBS Certificates.

Below you’ll find details of our most popular themed guided visits including literary themes and historic days.

We love a challenge and can adapt most of our days and have arranged bespoke days for school groups with themes including George’s Magic Medicine (based on Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine), Florence Nightingale, Ancient Greeks and Aztecs.

To discuss your visit to Barleylands please contact Karen Watson on 07545 861189 or email karen@barleylands.co.uk

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  • Field to Fork Days (EYFS, KS1, 2, 3 & 4)

    Our most popular day! Meet and feed our farm animals, visit growing crops by tractor and trailer, explore farming methods and food production in our discovery barn, grind wheat, identify seeds, and cook a healthy snack from scratch in our kitchen/classroom using ingredients you have seen on the farm. We have our very own polytunnel, just for schools, and depending on our topic, there is an option to plant some seeds to take back to school.

    “What an amazing, well organised, purposeful, fun and stress free day.”Kingswood Primary, 4th November 2015,

  • Healthy Lunchbox Days (EYFS, KS1, KS2 all ages)

    Children can discover the origin of their food and what food groups they belong to. They will find out what makes a ‘healthy lunchbox, make a healthy snack from scratch to take back to school. On the farm, visit the animals, take a tractor ride to growing crops and in the Discovery Barn make a healthy lunchbox.

    “We had a lovely time, it was 100% successful”. St Joseph’s, 13th October 2015

  • Little Red Hen Days (Excellent for EYFS)

    Where better to follow the story than on the farm itself! Listen to the Little Red Hen’s Story, take a tractor and trailer ride to the wheat fields, grind some wheat in our Discovery Barn, make bread in our kitchen/classroom (just like the Little Red Hen. Visit the animals on the farm and take a peek to see if our hens have laid any eggs!

    “I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely day, the children have a really nice day and it really brought the story of The Little Red to life for them. The staff were lovely and everything ran as smooth as clockwork.” Shenfield St Mary’s School, 19th June 2014.

  • Hungry Caterpillar Days (EYFS & KS1)

    The Farm is an excellent destination to link the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to science, literacy, and D & T. Listen to the story, learn about the different foods grown on the farm and which ones the Hungry Caterpillar ate! Make a Hungry Caterpillar Delight of layered fruit and vegetables; some picked from our polytunnel. Explore the farm, meet our animals and enjoy a bug hunt in our wildlife area while hunting for our beautiful butterfly!

    “Very positive Day – a repeat visit and the educational advisor was brilliant”. Woodlands Hutton Manor, 6th October 2015

  • Gingerbread Man Days (EYFS & KS1)

    Linking traditional tales in literacy with geography and science, children will learn more about this story as they participate in a gingerbread making and decorating baking session. Understand facts about the ingredients used including how and where they are grown. On the farm, engage in learning more about the animals that chased the Gingerbread Man whilst meeting our very own farm animals.

    “Super day with helpful friendly staff – it was perfect”. Bishop’s Stortford College, 9th October 2015

  • Beatrix Potter Days - Peter Rabbit & Other Stories (KS1 & KS2)

    This extremely cross curricular day will bring the tale of Peter Rabbit to life. Visit Mr McGregor’s polytunnel, plant some lettuce to take back to school, follow a trail to find Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, and the scarecrow wearing Peter’s jacket! Jump on board our tractor ride around the fields and hedgerows and look at how farming and life in the countryside differs between Essex and Beatrix Potter’s home in the Lake District. Cook some blackberry muffins in our kitchen/classroom to take back to school. The blackberries have of course been picked by Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail!

    “The staff were fantastic and so friendly with the children. The whole day was expertly led and a real pleasure. Please pass on our praise and thanks to all involved. Thank you also for dealing with our booking so efficiently.” Widford Lodge School, June 2015

  • Amazing Kitchen Science (KS1 & KS2)

    Children are natural scientists. Our kitchen science allows them to be creative, make predictions, and have fun using everyday farm grown ingredients to experiment in the kitchen and investigate physical and chemical transformations. From Cornflour Slime to  Lava Lunacy and Magic Skittle Science,  the list is endless. This activity can be combined with our Field to Fork days with children turning their hands to our science activities instead of making healthy pizzas.

    “Just wanted to say thank you so much for a great trip today – all the children and staff really enjoyed it. Nicola & Lizzie did a great job of guiding us through the day, making it all go very smoothly. Thanks again.” Kelvedon Hatch School, 10 June 2015

  • Changing Materials (KS1 & KS2)

    Take advantage of our kitchen/classroom to explore reversible and irreversible changes in food. Make some butter to take back to school, learn more about how your milk is produced and enjoy a tour of the farm, a tractor ride and a visit to our Discovery Barn. This activity can be combined with our Field to Fork Days.

    “It was such a well organised day and both staff and pupils had a great day. We were particularly impressed with how well you organised the day for such a large group (240 children!!)” Manor Infant School, 4th July 2014.

  • Snakes Alive (EYFS, KS1 & KS2)

    Barleylands is home to 55 enclosures of reptiles!We can link your visit to many science and geography topics, incorporating an interactive reptile session plus a cookery workshop, where children will enjoy making calzone snakes from scratch using home grown and tropical fillings while learning how the ingredients are produced. (Additional costs apply)

    “I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely visit to Barleylands. We all enjoyed it. The children were talking about it non-stop today. Thank you to all of your staff for making it a wonderful day.” Clockhouse Primary School, February 2015.

  • Stone Age to Iron Age (KS1 & KS2)

    Travel back in time and learn how we began to grow food and domesticate animals. Meet our animals on the farm, including Winnie, our Stone Age Pig. Grind grains into flour, cook with Emmer wheat, an ancient grain, which was the the first wheat ever cultivated. Bake some ancient bread, a stone age stew, and taste some nettle pudding and stone age muesli. There is an opportunity to do some Cave Art, learning how paints were made and coloured, and you can visit our crops, incorporating a little maths, as children learn the difference between how we are farming in the 21st century compared to when the Celts were farming.

    Thank you so much for a wonderful day. The children and the adults have had a fabulous time. We will be back next year! Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Elm Park Primary, December 2014.

  • Medieval Farming (KS1 & KS2)

    Discover how hard life was for the peasants who worked on farms. If the harvest failed the whole village could face starvation in the winter! Learn how the farming year is shaped around the seasons and the weather. Visit our Discovery Barn, explore growing crops and compare medieval farming to farming today and modern food production. Cook up some medieval creations in our kitchen/classroom.

    “Right from the initial contact to the day itself, nothing was too much trouble for the Barleylands Team. Their flexible approach and leadership is commendable. I would highly recommend Barleylands Farm for a school trip. We will be back. Thank you very much.” Cunningham Hill Infant School, St Albans, May 2015

  • Local History (KS1 & KS2)

    Barleylands is an excellent destination to bring local history to life. The Mayflower set sail for the New World in 1620. A meeting of the Pilgrim Fathers prior to their sailing is said to have taken place in Billericay, and families from Billericay were amongst those who set sail on the ship. Discover how the local lifestyle has changed since then, compared to how we live now; the crops that were farmed and the food that was eaten. Taste some of the food that was taken on The Mayflower!

    “Children were engaged and learnt lots. Excellent staff, friendly and very informative. I would recommend this trip to others.”Trinity St Marys School, 12 October 2015