FREE EDUCATIONAL ACCESS TO SCHOOLS AND GROUPS TO A VISIT TO THE COUNTRYSIDE AND LIFE ON A FARM in PETERBOROUGH.
A warm welcome awaits you here. www.moor-farm.com
On our farm we have crops, livestock, and machinery, all of which can be seen and handled throughout the year.
Each season is different, so choosing what time of year you visit will depend to some extent what you want to see or do. We try to make as much “hands on” as possible, and an experience you’ll remember and want to try again.
We have suckler cows here. They calve in the autumn, so the calves are small and pretty from September to December, although the weather isn’t as good.
You may see a calf born, or watch the video I made earlier in the week! Look out for the bull too. He’s called Kind Prince and he’s an Aberdeen Angus.
We have a flock of 80 sheep. They lamb around Easter, so that’s a good time to visit if you want to see new born lambs. We’ve added to our flock this year with some Jacob ewes (female sheep).
We have free range chickens, ducks and geese that roam around the farm. Hopefully there will be some ducklings and chicks to see in the spring, and hold too. We can collect the freshly laid eggs and scatter some corn for them.
There are fields full of different crops to see and find out about. We grow wheat, barley, sugar beet, oilseed rape, grass, mustard, beans, peas and potatoes here. Here is a chance to really find out where your food comes from. Watch out for the wildlife that lives in the crops. Look out for the owl boxes too and our baby owls on the cctv.
There is a full range of farm machinery here to see and you may
be lucky enough to be able to sit on a tractor or combine and have a
tractor and trailer ride around the farm.
Information that the group leader will want to know.
A free pre-visit is recommended for teachers and leaders. A risk assessment is completed, but you may wish to do your own. This is available when you book.
Car and coach parking is available and a safe drop-off point. We are situated 15 mins by coach from Peterborough City centre.
Picnic facilities available but we have no gift shop. We recommend you bring a camera to record your visit.
Under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) the farm has opted to provide Educational Access to anyone wishing to book a visit to the farm, farmland and countryside. The visit can be geared to meet the demand of the visitor ie reception class children will require different information to that of GCSE students on a geography trip. Judith is qualified under the Countryside Educational Verification Access Scheme (CEVAS) to enable visits to be more useful to everyone and to maximise the potential the farm has to offer to visitors. The Farm is also a certified site under CEVAS (2007). Facilities for hand washing and a special visitors room including a wet-weather viewing area are new this season and better access for disabled visitors is on-going. The type of visit you require will determine the time of year that you visit due to the seasonal changes that go on. Reception and KS1 children love the spring term, although some “gifted and talented” children in KS3 had to be dragged away this year, after visiting the livestock section!!!!! If we know what you need then the visit can be geared in that direction.
A brochure is available as is a full risk assessment, but you must also complete your own.
Full disabled toilet facilities are available and hot water hand washing too. There is a visitor’s room for wet weather viewing, but we do try to go out and about whatever the weather……..so dress appropriately You may have seen in the press that the first group of facilities to be awarded the “Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) Quality Mark” have been announced, so far the only organisation with the award in this area is us at Moor Farm, Newborough.
To book a visit or check us out, please contact us at the above and we’ll be delighted to see you.
The visit to us is completely FREE. If you’d like to hear more about us, then I can give you a list of both primary and secondary schools in the area that have visited and enjoyed their experience. If transport out to us is a problem, then I can come in and do a presentation with props too.
Judith Jacobs, Moor Farm, Decoy Road, Newborough, Peterborough, PE6 7QD.