Designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, our sessions for Primary Schools deliver a wide range of learning outcomes relating to the following subjects:
- Living things and their habitats
- Animals, including humans
- Seasonal Changes
- Evolution and Inheritance
- Climate Change
- Art and Design
- Cooking and Nutrition
- Human and physical geography
- Geography skills and fieldwork
Provided below are sample session plans for some of the activities available to visitors. However, we can offer flexibility and work to accommodate specific themes or topics being covered in school during the term. Our site lends itself to taking a creative approach to learning.
We are able to offer Primary Schools in Essex one of ten free visits to the farm during summer term 2017 thanks to funding from Natural England. To be eligible you must spend at least 2 hours on the farm looking at farm related topics. We can accommodate up to 30 children within each free visit.
Please note: schools will be responsible for meeting their transport costs to and from the farm.
Field to Fork (KS2)
Come and discover what we have growing on the farm.
- What do we need to make plants grow?
- Discover the different shapes of seeds and vegetables
- Found out how different seeds travel (seed dispersal)
- Learn where our food comes from and how to make flour from wheat
- How much do we make from our crops, based on the size of our fields, the amount we grow and the market value?
Download sample session plan: Field to fork KS1 and KS2
Plants (KS1 & 2)
Are you up for the challenge of being a plant explorer? Come and discover the different plants and trees we have growing around the farm.
- What crops and vegetables do we grow?
- How do we learn to recognise different trees and plants?
- Learn the names of different parts of plants and what plants need to grow.
- Plant your own cereal or vegetable seeds to take back to school and care for.
Download sample session plan: Plants and Animals including Humans
Habitat Explorer (KS1 & 2)
As a habitat explorer you challenge is to see if you can find different minibeasts and work out how they are adapted to survive, how they move, what they eat? What eats them?
- Hunt for minibeasts under logs, in the meadow and the pond
- Look for signs of larger animals that come out at night
- Listen out for birds and see how many you can discover
- Discover how habitats change during the day due to light and temperature
Download sample session plan: Habitat Explorer KS1 and KS2
Explore one of the greatest challenges our Planet faces, and how you can take action.
- What is Climate change and what is causing it?
- What is renewable energy – learn on our fully solar powered farm
- Reflect on your own environmental footprint
- Learn how to take action on how to reduce your environmental footprint
Biodiversity is the key to a healthy future for our wonderful Planet – but what is Biodiversity and how does it affect us?
- Explore and learn – what is Biodiversity?
- Hands on investigation of Biodiversity around our farm
- How is Biodiversity helping our planet?
- How to increase Biodiversity in your school grounds or at home (even if you don’t have a garden!)
We also offer Trails and Maps, Sustainability, Seasons and Weather and Senses as pre-designed activities.
Booking a visit to the Chatham Green Project
If you are interested in making a school booking please click here