Children spend the morning working alongside 'Victorian' farm staff to experience life in the past. They learn about Victorian life while actively involved in farmyard tasks such as feeding, bedding and cleaning the farm animals, or in domestic work such as washing, cleaning and cooking in the farm cottage.
A turn-of-the-century rural schoolroom is available for use by teacher-led groups wishing to experience a typical Victorian school day. The schoolroom is equipped with slates, ink dip-pens, hymn books, teacher's cane and even dunce's cap! A teacher's pack, giving historical background and operational information, together with a selection of copy exercises is provided on booking.
Guided by sets of laminated instruction cards, small teacher-led groups are encouraged to explore various aspects of the farmyard by using each of their senses. The emphasis is placed on speaking and listening, with the children encouraged to express opinions and feelings.
Children can enjoy the special atmosphere of the working farmyard and farmhouse while learning about rural life in the early part of the 20th century. A variety of resources are available to assist teachers leading self-guided groups.