Visit Preparation

Listed below are some arrangements that will ensure your students get the best education from their work with us. In all circumstances you should inform us of any significant details concerning individual children or adults e.g. physical, emotional, or health problems. Do you have any Special Needs or disabled students in the group and have adequate adult support for them? Please inform your helpers about appropriate dress and footwear as it is the adults who provide the example for students. Please ensure you have adequate suitable adult support for student groups and group lists have been sent in advance of your visit to the Learning team. We can provide copies of our own risk assessments as examples but teachers must ensure a prior visit is made to complete and fulfil the requirements of their own organisation.

Guided walk
Students need appropriate footwear to deal with rough, hilly and possibly muddy tracks e.g. walking boots or trainers. Clothing too needs to be appropriate for the conditions. Everyone should have a waterproof. The exercise can provide the heat but in cold weather bring a hat and warm layers. Inform the guide if you are not carrying first aid. Discuss with class what they might expect in a valley, the water cycle and associated language, the issues and conflicts for conservation. For a long walk everyone should have sun protection and carry a drink.

River Study (or Woodland Study)
Each student should have a waterproof, and if possible, wellingtons (although old trainers will do - be prepared for wet feet). They should know how to read a tape measure, metre rule and how to work a stopwatch. Discussion should take place over what they might expect in a valley, the water cycle and associated language. This work should be part of a larger topic that entails good preparation and follow up. Pre-arrange groups of 4 to 6 in size. We usually work with six groups per class (often with one of our leaders per 3 groups).

Farm walk
Students need appropriate footwear to deal with rough and possibly muddy tracks e.g. wellingtons, walking boots or trainers. Clothing too needs to be appropriate for the conditions. Everyone should have a waterproof; the exercise can provide the heat but in cold weather bring a hat and jumper. There will be times to stand around to listen or sketch (we provide paper & clipboards unless you bring your own) Inform the guide if you are not carrying first aid. Discuss with class what they might expect at a farm, elicit their ideas about what crops, animals and machinery they may see and the issues and conflicts for conservation. All students must wash hands after the visit.

Map and Compass
Students need appropriate footwear to deal with rough, hilly and possibly muddy tracks e.g. walking boots or trainers. Clothing too needs to be appropriate for the conditions. Everyone should have a waterproof; the exercise can provide the heat but in cold weather bring a hat and warm layers. Inform the guide if you are not carrying a first aid kit. Full training is given for map and compass usage.

Victorian artefacts and storytelling
Ask students to consider the importance of treating old items with care as they may handle some. The more background given about Victorian country living the more will be gleaned from the story. It may be helpful to talk beforehand about the important position of a Rector in a village, the lifestyles of poor farming families and what other job opportunities existed in the countryside, family size, pounds shillings and pence, tinderboxes and lighting.

More information
We can provide on request a CD with folders of photos to prepare students for what they will do. Also there are folders on the life of the stream, threats to to hills, land management and many beautiful photographs of the landscape, flora and fauna to follow up their visit (POA). G.C.S.E. packs can be complied for different syllabi (POA) and may include aerial photos, O.S. map extracts, historical pictures, photocopiable materials and background information. This pack can be adapted for primary school usage. Leaflets and our newsletters are available in the information hut.

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