At the A H Warren Trust, we are passionate about sharing our knowledge of the countryside and inspiring the next generation of farmers and rural entrepreneurs. We do this though placement opportunities, apprenticeships, seminars and our school visit initiative.
We welcome school visits to Hill Dairy at our Coombe Farm Estate and in recent years these visits have become incredibly popular. We give all visiting children and opportunity to reconnect with food and the countryside through several activities including: Orienteering, Wildlife Talks, Smoothie Making, a Farm Tour, Nature Walks and Solar Workshops.
With the introduction of new food, cooking and nutrition aspects of the National Curriculum, the emphasis in school is being increased on the topic of ‘where food comes from’, along with the importance of nutritional development. School Farm visits are an ideal way to give children first hand experience on topics like where their cereal and milk comes from. It is an invaluable resource.
If you would like to enroll your school or class on to the Coombe Farm education initiative then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timing: Most groups arrive at 11.30am and leave between 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Group Sizes: We normally take a class of around 30 students. There will be a maximum group size of 30 children to 1 Education officer. We follow Somerset County Council’s guidelines for adult to child ratios in the outdoors doing fieldwork activities. This is 1 adult to 6 children for under 8 year olds and 1 to 15 for over 8 year olds. We require the visiting group leader to bring as many helpers as necessary to fulfil the relevant ratio.
Meals: We encourage visiting groups to bring a packed lunch because this becomes part of the learning experience as we look at organic and fair-trade options.
How is an activity run? The Education officer/s will meet your group, introduce themselves and give a safety talk. They will lead you to the activity location, give clear instructions and be fully involved throughout the activity. Visiting group leaders and helpers are encouraged to become actively involved in the activities and expected to help with supervision and to support re discipline.
What should you wear? Comfortable clothes, suitable for outdoors activities (including long trousers and a waterproof jacket) and sensible footwear comfortable for walking in (not sandals or heels). Wellington boots are useful depending on what activities you are undertaking.
What happens if it rains? We may get wet! We carry on with the activity but may shorten it a little and move to a more sheltered location. We have indoor facilities for lunch in wet weather. We will only cancel an activity in extreme weather conditions.