Education Programme

At Hunting Hall we offer stimulating, hands-on, practical activities to help children explore the countryside and farming; food production, wildlife conservation, sustainability and our farming heritage. We can provide a range of programmes linked to the National Curriculum; Bread making from seed to loaf, Habitats, Animals and Us etc. Secondary School and University groups are also welcome to study farmland environmental measures or an individually tailored programme. After an introduction and safety talk, school parties will be divided into two or three groups, each group led by a farm member of staff. Children will have the opportunity to try all activities during the day. Everyone will return to The Piggery for hand washing and lunch, before resuming afternoon activities.

Here are some of the activities we offer – but we are happy to work with each school to design a programme that will suit your needs.

An introduction to the farm

This farm walk will include an introduction to farm animals, food production and wildlife conservation.

Wildlife Conservation KS2 & 3

This topic includes
Conservation walk: A walk around the NEWTs’ Farm Trail to see how farmers can help wildlife.

Groups will look at:
  Grassy margins, hedge cutting, restricted grazing, wild areas
  Newly created wildlife habitats
  The organic orchard

Monitoring and watching wildlife:
We hope that children will be able to see some wildlife around the farm. Equipment to monitor wildlife will be provided; sweep nets, pond dipping equipment, bird watching identification guides for the bird hide etc.

Practical conservation work is often available to school groups, such as hedge/tree planting, litter picks, or creating wildlife homes. We are also able to offer several craft activities; nature weaving, nature palettes, woodland sculptures etc.

Farm Production KS1 & 2

From Seed to Loaf:
Children will be able to see wheat growing in the fields and follow production through to our lovely new baking area in the piggery. Here, under the expert guidance of Harvest Harris-Jones, they will learn to bake their own loaves of bread. A small wood fired oven may enhance the experience.

Rare Breed pigs:
A study of the different types of pigs and the Hunting Hall Rare Breed sausage.

Organic sheep:
This topic will include an introduction to our sheep flock and a study of wool. A variety of activities is available including spinning, weaving, dyeing and felt making.

From Orchard to Crumble:
Our orchard has some wonderful heritage varieties with interesting histories. The children will be able to see the different types of trees and then return to the Piggery to bake apple crumbles.

Habitats KS 1 & 2

Farm Animals:
Where do farm animals live and what do they need in their homes?

Wildlife Habitats:
A walk to discover where wildlife lives on the farm. We shall discuss the needs of wild animals and insects and the creation of new habitats.

Woodland Activities:
Tree identification games, leaf and bark rubbings and woodland weaving.

Investigating ecosystems KS2:
Mini beast surveying (e.g. sweep nets, quadrats, pitfall traps), river dipping or tree beating.

Creating wildlife habitats:
Log piles for insects, toad homes etc.

Farming Heritage KS 1-3

An introduction to the people of our farming past:
Meet the ghost of the old shepherd who once lived in the Piggery and hear of his life. Learn about the bondagers and their work on the farm.

Our landscape is shaped by farming:
A study of the Pond Field, from wetland area with mill pond and coal explorations, to crop production and wildlife haven.

Historical Buildings:
A study of the history of our farm buildings that reflects developments in farming: A Napoleonic hen house, the farm mill, and the farm stables that were converted to house the first small tractors.

Orchard Heritage:
Greengage stones found on the Mary Rose, a pear described by Pliny and a cherry introduced by Henry VIII – the orchard has a rich story to tell.