Whirlow Farm - we didn't get wet!!

posted 25 Apr 2019, 09:07 by Georgina Bradley   [ updated 25 Apr 2019, 13:30 by Matthew Smith ]
After such a super day, we had to give you the Whir-lowdown on our visit to Whirlow Farm today.

Mr Smith's unused towel.

After numerous emails and comments over the past week warning of the deluge of rain expected to fall on our heads today, miraculously we stayed pretty much dry.  Mr Smith had even brought a towel knowing that later that day there was a staff meeting.  The great news was that the towel stayed neatly rolled away in his bag.  The phrase "mountain out of a molehill" was uttered more than once!

Anyway, to the important messages from the day - what actually happened?  To help we devised an FAQ on our days activities:
  • What was the itinerary?  Well, we split the year group up into four large groups.  In the morning two groups travelled around the farm acting out the different parts of the Little Red Hen Story.  Children and adults alike were stunned by the can-do attitude of the Little Red Hen to take on so much work - and all on her own!  As the children did help the Little Red Hen, they were able to sample some tasty fresh bread at the end.  
  • What did the other groups do?  I was coming to that!  Meanwhile, the other two groups were taken on a tour of the farm.  We saw chickens, sheep and lambs, horses, a Shetland Pony called Frankie, goats, geese, peacocks, piglets and pigs, and some very large hamsters with long ears that I was reliably informed afterwards were actually rabbits.  After a lunch break involving lots of cheese sandwiches, most of which stayed off the floor, the groups swapped over.    
  • What was the purpose of the visit?  Our aim today was to provide the children with an immersive experience of farms, as our topic this term is all about them.  We find that providing such an experience has historically provided the children with stimuli that then inspires deeper writing, role play and understanding of a working farm.  Our guides helped us see parts of the farm that we may not have known about and certainly were able to answer some probing questions with much more detail than us.  The Little Red Hen activity is a great way to look into the story.
  • How did you manage fifty nine children in a farm setting?  The answer to that is with a lot of help!  We had some amazing parent volunteers who gave up their time to test their patience and temper supporting staff in supporting the children.  We hope they enjoyed the day and we thank them profusely for helping the day go so well.  Our guides as we mentioned were informative and we thank them very much too.
What a brilliant day we've had at the farm. Well done to all our amazing children.