Information for Teaching Staff

Thank you for your interest in visiting the farm with your school group.  At Baylham House Farm, we invite you to ‘build your own’ school trip, so the information below is simply an example of what we can offer.

Baylham House Farm is a fantastic educational resource for all ages.  The farm is built on a Roman site consisting of two military forts and a large settlement, so its previous use combined with its modern day dedication to the protection and farming of rare breed animals, makes it suitable for the study of a wide range of subjects and topic areas.

A free pre-visit is included with any confirmed school trip, so that you can familiarise yourself with any necessary health and safety information and discuss how the day will work with us.  You will be provided with a sheltered area for bags and packed lunches.

Example School Visit Timetable

An example school visit to the farm may run as follows:

10.00am: Arrival, meeting with Baylham Farm representative.

10.10am: Settling into the schools area, safety briefing from Baylham Farm.

10.20am: Main farm tour.

11.20am: Break.

11.30am: Activity.

12.30pm: Lunch.

1.30pm: Activity.

2.00pm: Wrap up of the day – summary of learning.

2.30pm: Return to school.

As part of our commitment to offering flexibility to schools, we invite you to select a number of activities from the list below to create your ideal school trip.  Just follow the instructions below, to select the activity options which are most suitable to your group.

Stage 1 – Main Farm Tour (60 minutes)

You will be welcomed to the farm by one of our activity leaders who will lead a general farm tour around all areas of the farm including our fishing lake.  You will have the opportunity to meet all of our friendly, rare breed animals including pigs, sheep, cows, alpacas, chickens, goats and much more.  This element is part of all of our school trips.

Stage 2 – Activity Options

Our activities centre around four key themes: Romans, Food and Farming, Animal and Environment Identification as well as Bushcraft.  You can pick any combination of activities from the list below, with each activity taking a different length of time to enable flexibility in the programme.

You have the option of selecting one activity from the Activities A list, or 2 activities from the Activities B list.

Activities A

  • Story of the grain of wheat –a combined learning programme involving plant growth, maths, science, buildings, animal feed and bread. The story begins at school and continues around the farm ending with a bread making demonstration where the group will be able to taste some fresh, homemade bread (2 hours).
  • Little and large beast hunt with pond dipping – an opportunity to explore the farm and see how many plants and beasts the group can identify, from insects to pond life and farm animals (2 hours).
  • Orienteering – armed with a compass and ordinance survey map, each team must solve cryptic clues found in various locations around the farm (2 hours).

Activities B

  • Sausage making demonstration – the group will be able to see how sausages are made and also have the opportunity to taste some different flavours (1 hour).
  • Den Building – the chance to explore our woodland area and to create shelters/dens using only materials they can find in the wood (1 hour).
  • Fire lighting and cooking over a wood fire – this activity looks at how to prepare, light and cook over a wood fire (1 hour).
  • Identification of Roman artefacts found at the farm – the activity will look at the history of the Roman site which the farm now sits on, with an activity to identify the various artefacts which have been discovered at the farm (30 minutes).

Pricing

School visits are priced at £7.00 per child, with accompanying adults free of charge.  Please note there is an extra £2 charge per child for the sausage making activity.  Paying visitors must outnumber accompanying adults.  There is a minimum number of 15 children per visit.  VAT is included in all our prices.  Each child will also be issued with a free child entry voucher for them to take home after the visit.  The voucher will entitle them to a free child entry with each paying adult, if they would like to visit the farm again.

How to book

If you would like to book a school visit please send us a message or give us a call on: 01473 830264 .  A member of the farm team will discuss the details of your visit and confirm the booking, upon which a £50.00 deposit will be payable.  The balance of the trip is to be paid 2 weeks prior to the date of the school trip.