Education at Park Hall
Park Hall offers three distinct educational activities which are:
The Victorian School
The Iron Age Roundhouse
The Farm visit gives the opportunity to learn about farming, animals and their environments and to see the past and present of farming life.
At Park Hall we recognise the demands placed upon educational staff to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. Consequently we would like to introduce you to the assets of our site as a suitable choice for school visits.
Our site is ideally suited for:
PROVISION FOR EARLY YEARS
- Interactive learning experiences with animals.
- Physical Play
PROVISION FOR KS1 AND KS2 CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES
SCIENCE: Life processes and living things; Materials and their properties; Physical processes.
HISTORY: Changes in the past (work, family) KS1 & KS2 Victorians, (schools and farming in the past),Iron Age or Celts KS2; Second World War (Welsh Guards) KS2
GEOGRAPHY: Places and environments (KS1&KS2)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
PROVISION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
- Hands-on interaction with animals provides excellent tactile and sensory experiences.
- Disabled access throughout the site (limited access to the granary).
- Disabled toilets
The Farm Visit
We can produce a timetable specifically for your group, organised to suit your requirements for the day. A typical visit is from 10.00 am-2.00pm
The Victorian farm has been restored to show much of its original character and use, it offers a valuable insight into the past. But the main focus of the farm trip is to get involved with lots of ‘Hands on ‘ experiences for youngsters.
A high-tech milking parlour demonstrates new farming practices and shows the origins of the milk which most of us see only on the supermarket shelf. Hand milking shows the old practices and children can have go at milking a real cow!
The heavy horses, the magnificent animals that once worked the land can be led across the stable yard and by contrast the tiny Shetland ponies are available for pony grooming.
In the small animal centre children can meet and hold rabbits, guinea pigs, (and chicks in the Spring)
The farm has exhibits and displays relating to farming such as the story of wool, milk production, food from around the world and our Body Fuels exhibit which takes a fun look at nutrition. The world of food exhibit has several interactive features testing children's knowledge of the origins of food and of geography. The Body Fuels exhibit is an interactive exhibit which aims examine to the concept 'we are what we eat', and to make us all consider the structure of our diet.
We also offer 'fun' activities for groups such as a toy tractor circuit for under-eights, bouncy castles, the Warren Play Barn, soft play areas, the 'Monkey Business' climbing area and the Crazy Farm Adventure Course. There is also a play village for younger children consisting of wooden playhouses in an outdoor setting.
Nature Trails - our trails take you on a journey all around the farm. .We have two woodland areas .to explore.
Picnic areas are available in the woodland, at the lakeside and under cover in the main arena and Warren Play Barn.
Bring your own packed lunches or we have an excellent tearoom and lunch-boxes are available at a reasonable cost.