Educational Access

Glottenham Farm embarked upon its educational access provision in 2012 with a partnership between a local primary school and the High Weald wildflower initiative. The re-seeding of a wildflower meadow allowed a hands on experience with a High Weald Heroes school, and helped the farm in the process. The children learned about how the High Weald are encouraging the development of traditional meadows across the region, and the importance of locally sourced native seed.

We have since welcomed other groups who have been interested in different aspects of the farm- from the archaeological and historical landscape, to botany and plant identification.

We were lucky to be identified as a target farm by DEFRA, and received funding which paid for the purchase and furnishings for a large teaching yurt, heated during the winter with a woodburning stove, 4 composting toilets, a wash-stand with hot running water and equipment enabling us to run a wide variety of courses.

The history and unspoilt ecology of the farm, in combination with innovative low impact and permaculture development, offer scope for study in many aspects of the national curriculum.

At Key Stage 1 the farm visit can widen the pupils’ first-hand experience in a whole range of visual, tactile and other sensory situations.  Within this are the important messages of the life cycle and seasonal change.  There is a wealth of opportunity for language development and literacy skills. 

At Key Stage 2 the visit can stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity.  It also satisfies their curiosity as they begin to apply their knowledge and understanding of ideas.  Pupils can consider the farm as a good example of an environment affected by human activity, think about attitudes to farming, the rural environment and the conflicts of interest that arise.

They talk about their work and its significance and communicate their ideas using a wide range of language.
At Key Stage 3 many different subject requirements can be satisfied.  For example in history, the adaptation of farm buildings over the centuries can offer first-hand evidence of social and technological changes.  This readily promotes the skills of handling and assessing.  Pupils can investigate and debate a wide range of complex issues and begin to understand the environmental, social and economic implications.

At Key Stage 4 farm visits can be used to deliver examination subjects both academic and vocational.  Contact with farmers will help to focus on the real life application of skills within the workplace, engaging pupils with contemporary issues and focusing on their role as users and consumers.

Areas available for visits

Our farm has many different environments available for themed activities, talks or fieldwork. If you have a particular curriculum topic you would like us to target, then we will work to tailor the visit to your requirements

The areas of the farm that are accessible for visits are:

•    Woodland
•    Hedgerows
•    Species rich grassland
•    Ponds, ditches and streams
•    Hay meadow, wildflower meadows and pasture
•    Archaeological sites – castle and ironworks
•    Eco interest – reed bed filtration of water, composting toilets, recycling
•    Wildlife habitat creation

Examples of activities available:

•    Guided tour of the farm
•    Orienteering and map reading
•    Nature trails
•    Glottenham castle history
•    Iron-working in the weald
•    Farming and life in the middle ages
•    Ecological and environmental practices
•    Woodland walk collecting things for art project
•    Wool spinning, weaving, felting and dyeing
•    Wild food walk – foraging (including fungi)
•    Corn dolly making
•    Willow basket making
•    Living Willow planting and sculpture
•    Identifying species
•    Recognising birdcall
•    Wood coppicing
•    Charcoal making
•    Firemaking
•    Corn milling and breadmaking
•    Collecting clay and modelmaking
•    The yearly cycle of nature
•    Forestry with horses
•    Herbal medicine – plant walk and preparing
•    Puppet making and theatre
•    Shelter building
•    Water management
•    Composting
•    Natural dyes from plants
•    Clay and wood beading
•    Wood carving and knife safety
•    Survival skills

At Glottenham, Educational Access is supported by our Higher Level Stewardship Access Provision, and we have been recognised as being able to provide tailored educational packages for many different client groups. We have staff qualified in delivering Educational access, Outdoor Education and Forest School, full insurance and CRB checks.

If you have a group who would be interested in finding out more about Educational Access at Glottenham, then please get in touch so we can send you a copy of our teachers pack and discuss your needs.