'Farm Visit' with Godstone Farm Surrey for School Trips and Educational Visits?
A school visit to Godstone farm is an exciting and unique opportunity to learn more about life on a farm.
We offer structured school visits with a ratio of one free adult to five children, with a minimum of 20 pupils. The school can pre-arrange four activities from a great selection to enjoy in the morning and then either spend the afternoon exploring the farm at their leisure, or exploring our huge outdoor play area. You will be allocated a picnic barn for the duration of your visit.
Nursery visits are self-led, offering a ratio of one free adult per child, with a minimum of 20 pupils. Our nursery visits incorporate the indoor playbarn and you will be allocated a picnic area for the duration of your visit.
SEN school visits are self-led, offering a ratio of one free adult per child, with no minimum number of pupils. A free private animal holding session and animal feeding session are all included within your visit. You will be allocated a picnic area for the duration of your visit.
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What activities are available during group visits?
Schools can choose a few activities from a great selection:
For pre school and Reception we offer:
Meet the animals, Pig talk, Pond activities, Minibeasts, Farm walk, Duck talk, paddock Practice, Barn Talk, planting, wool talk, Self led Dinosaur walk
For Key stage 1:
Meet the animals, Pig talk, Pond activities, Minibeasts, Farm walk, Bird talk, Donkeys, Barn Talk, Planting, Wool talk and activities, Self Guided Dinosaur walk.
For Key stage 2:
Meet the Animals, Pig Talk, Pond Dipping, Minibeasts and Habitats, Reptiles and their adaptations, Bird Talk, Equine Talk, Barn Talk, Planting, Lambing Talk and Self led Dinosaur walk.
What makes a seed grow?
Dinosaur walk self guided tour
Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?
We offer tailored talks around all aspects of the farm, predominantly livestock and how to care for animals, plus helping children develop an understanding of how farming fits into the wider world. A dedicated member of staff will take the children through your chosen activities which involves moving across our 45 acre site. Plus a chance for Q&A as you go!
Our site is set within the beautiful rolling Surrey Hills, and we therefore have acess to nature and wildlife every single day. Much of the visit will be structured however we allow free time for children and teachers to explore. Our staff can offer advise of where to go bug hunting, and what birds and wildlife to look out for. For a specific interest in Wildlife or conservation please ask us in advance of your visit.
Curriculum topics available: Where food comes from.
In our schools garden we look at how food can be grown from a tiny seed to a fruit. Or if you are more interested in our pigs, cows or sheep we can talk to your class about responsible and fair farming practices.
We have a wonderful Dinosaur Roar trail which we offer as a self led activity. Created in conjunction with the Natural History Museum this is a fantastic addition to your Farm visit. Why not tie this in with a bird talk so we can compare and contrast the development and differences of both!
Curriculum topics available: Partially Wheelchair Accessible, General Learning Difficulties, Emotional and Behavioural Disorders, Autistic Spectrum.
We offer a separate session for SEND classes allowing you to have the morning to adjust and explore the farm and after lunch you have the opportunity to access two sessions- animal interactions and an animal feeding session. These will be led by a member of our Education Team.
What size groups do you cater for?
Schools will be split into class sized groups to participate in activities. The minimum number for a school or nursery group is 20, there is a minimum number of 8 pupils for a SEN group.
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
We do not have indoor classroom facilities, however we pride ourselves on providing outdoor learning and giving pupils the chance to embrace life outdoors.
Is there first aid on site?
Yes we always have staff on-site who are first aid qualified and a fully stocked first aid room.
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
We do all we can to ensure that as many visitors as possible have an enjoyable visit. The farm is fully accessible, the main part of the farm is hard surface, however there are some paths that are not and can be a little rocky. Please also be aware the farm is located on a slight hill. We have a disabled toilet and changing places accisable toilet located in the Playbarn. We also have disabled parking bays.
Should you have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Absolutely - we offer an SEN schools package that is particularly tailored to children with additional needs and our Education Lead has a background in SEND. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any specific enquiries.
Who are Godstone Farm Surrey?
The staff at Godstone Farm have been sharing their knowledge with school children for more than forty years. Our excellent schools package offers incredible value for money together with flexibility according to your requirements. We pride ourselves on being fully interactive and encouraging a love of learning and particularly an interest in the life outdoors.
Our schools program has been specially designed to compliment subjects you are covering in the classroom, mixed with embracing the outdoor life and enabling pupils to learn about and get close to animals that they may not often encounter.
Introduce your class to over five hundred animals here on the farm and let them discover and explore within a safe and welcoming environment.
We are bursting with ideas on places that deliver first class teaching both outside the classroom and as in-school workshops. Feel free to use our tailor-made trip form and we can help you find the perfect experience for your class!
The safety and well-being of our visitors and staff is our priority and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure their continued welfare.
We ask all our customers to kindly adhere to the 10 steps as set out above. In addition to this please be assured that we have been busy behind the scenes to ensure that you can safely enjoy your visit.
We have implemented enhanced cleaning regimes throughout the Farm, this includes extra attention being paid in the toilets, and other touch points around the site. Because of the nature of our attraction we have always had stringent measures in place to disinfect railings and surfaces and these high standards will continue, with increased frequency.
We have risk assessed all areas of business specifically with the control of COVID-19 in mind, and our staff have been fully briefed on new procedures for their activity back of house and also new ways of doing things when facing customers.
We have sneeze screens installed at all till points, and have provided face coverings for our staff.
We are lucky to have so much outdoor space, and set in 45 acres we can ensure social distancing measures are adhered to. We will be operating a reduced capacity each day and you will find social distance markers and some one way routes marked out to aid this.
Our Indoor settings such as the Gift Shop will be provided with additional ventilation by having doors and windows open. Therefore during the colder weather we recommend to dress appropriately for your visit. In our Indoor settings, we kindly ask guests to wear face masks. If you are exempt, please inform a member of staff before entering the building.
Throughout Godstone Farm we have hand washing stations in convenient locations for visitors, and we politely ask that you use them regularly and particularly after touching animals. With regards to hand washing it is important to note that we do not encourage the use of hand sanitiser gels as a replacement for proper hand washing as only the thorough washing of hands will help to prevent ill health through contact with animals.
In the same way we ask you to refrain from eating and drinking in animal areas we now politely ask you not to eat or drink around the outdoor play equipment. We have designated an area of grass around our top shop where food and drink can be consumed. Hand washing is available at our top toilet block, hand sanitiser is available on entering the playground so we ask parents to supervise their children and regularly clean their hands whilst using the play equipment.
Finally, in line with the latest guidance we ask all guests aged 16 years and over to scan the NHS Track and Trace QR code on arrival to the farm.