Bill Quay Community Farm in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, has expanded its education programme for Primary school students to include more workshops.


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The new education sessions on offer now include: woodland senses; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Green Fingers; Minibeast Safari; Pets and Us; and the Farmer’s Apprentice.

During Woodland Senses, children will explore Bill Quay Farm’s woodlands in order to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the forest.

The class will play games and take part in activities including making potions and creating art work from natural materials.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar session is the farm’s take on the classic children’s story of the same name.

This workshop involves learning the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and investigating what kind of fruits he liked to eat, and how these fruits grow at Bill Quay Farm.

The session also links to the topic of healthy eating. Other activities include bug hunting to find a real life caterpillar, as well as a butterfly craft activity.

Minibeast Safari offers pupils the chance to go on a farm safari to find some of Bill Quay Community Farm’s smallest inhabitants.

The pupils will investigate where creepy crawlies live, what different habitats they use and have a go at creating a habitat themselves.

This session focuses on habitats and relates to lifecycles and food chains.

The additional new workshops might involve being a farmer for a day; learning what grows on a farm; planting seeds; taking responsibility for animals; and cleaning and handling livestock.

All sessions are appropriate for Foundation Stage 1 to Key Stage 2; although Key Stage 3 and 4 visits can be catered for also.

Educational workshops last two hours, and further time can spent on the farm if desired.

Teachers should call 0191-441 9715 to make a booking.

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