Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Roves Farm, Sevenhampton, Swindon, Wiltshire SN6 7QG

Contact: 01793 763939

Website: http://rovesfarm.co.uk/

Description

Roves Farm is a family run, working farm open to the public. We are located three miles east of Swindon and offer days out and school visits year round, with particular emphasis on ‘hands on’ learning. Educational visits are tailored to cover the topics and learning outcomes appropriate to you.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?
Our visitor centre facilities and experienced staff make an ideal safe place for schools to visit. We will help you and your class to expand your knowledge, gain hands on experiences, put classroom theories into practice and most of all have fun!

Our animal areas house a variety of friendly pet animals that can be fed and handled on every visit. As a working farm we also have a range of commercial animals including sheep, Gloucester Old Spot pigs, Sussex cattle and Highland cattle. Learning about these animals, their welfare and purpose, can be incorporated on a tractor ride exploring the farm.

We are passionate about teaching and showing people of all ages where their food comes from; from rearing the animals in the fields to the end food product in the farm shop. With our new farm shop opening in 2017 stocking our very own beef, pork and lamb, we have the perfect facility for showing children the whole process from the animals on the farm to the food on their fork.

Other features of the farm that can be explored on a guided walk or tractor ride include woodlands, ponds & wetlands, River Cole, flower rich meadows, grass field margins and wild bird covers. These habitats are a haven for a diverse array of wildlife and offer many exciting learning opportunities every season relating to farming, the environment and countryside.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Roves Farm offers excellent facilities for group and school visits, including our large heated visitor centre barn (so there is no need to worry about the weather!). We are a family run working farm with all the benefits and facilities of being open to the public year round. Our experienced and knowledgable teachers and staff will lead your tailor made visit, adjusting their talks and teaching to the age, abilities and desired learning outcomes for your group. We hope that a hands on, outdoor learning approach will engage and inspire young and inquisitive minds.

Roves Farm is easily accessible by coach from the M4 motorway and main roads (A419, A361 & A420).

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
Roves Farm is a member of the National Farm Attractions Network (www.farmattractions.net) , as well as Farms for Schools (www.farmsforschools.org.uk) & Countryside Learning (www.countrysidelearning.org).

What does a typical educational visit include?
Educational visits to Roves Farm are tailored to the specific needs of the visiting group to cover the topics and learning outcome you are studying.

A typical visit is approximately 4 hours long, and includes one guide per class for the duration of your visit. Your guide will meet and greet you, lead your group through all activities and learning, as well as answering any questions you have on the day. All our guides are first aid trained.

A typical visit, depending on your learning outcomes and topics for the day, will include a guided tour of the visitor centre including animal barns, paddocks & farm shop with talks and activities specific to you, a tractor ride around the farm stopping at a variety of locations with interactive activities where appropriate, a short walk to explore woodlands and other habitats, again where appropriate.

Guided activities will be interspersed with short breaks for hand washing, toilet trips, snacks and lunch. There will also be time for play on one of our adventure or indoor play areas if you wish.

Example topics relating to the facilities and features we have at Roves Farm include growth & seasons, life cycles, animal welfare, working as a farmer, senses & new environments, where does our food come from, wildlife, minibeasts & pollinators, habitats & homes and rivers & flooding. This is by no means an exhaustive list of topics that can be covered and experienced first-hand on a visit to Roves Farm. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

What group sizes do you cater for?
Groups of 15 – 200 people

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Worksheets and information packs are used where appropriate. To discuss individual requirements please contact us in advance so that necessary information can be put in place before your visit.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Yes, we have no restrictions.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Risk assessments are provided on booking or available on request. If you would like to carry out your own risk assessment then a prearranged complimentary visit is available to the teacher before the day.

Does your venue have an education officer?
For all educational visit enquiries and booking please contact our Reception.
T: 01793 763939 E: info@rovesfarm.co.uk W: http://rovesfarm.co.uk/

What is the cost of the visit?
Please visit our website at http://rovesfarm.co.uk/ for up to date pricing.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
Hats, sunscreen, raincoats and good footwear are advised May – September. Warm coats and wellies are recommended October – April. If you are unsure about the conditions for your visit, please contact us for advice.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
There are at least two members of first aid trained Roves Farm staff (including your guide) on site at any time, usually more. First aid boxes are located at Reception and on tractor rides, and emergency procedures in place.

Please list facilities available.
• Hand washing facilities
• Toilets (including disabled)
• Tearoom
• Gift shop (£2.50 - £5.00 per child would be a suitable guide)
• Indoor picnic tables in the heated barn and covered picnic areas in summer
• Plenty of coach and car parking
• Heated activity and play barn

We are currently building an extension to our existing visitor centre facilities (for summer 2017). The new building will include a large education area with four brand new classrooms to accommodate groups of up to 120 people (with extra space elsewhere for larger groups). Although most of our teaching takes place outdoors, these new spaces will provide each class with a dedicated space for the duration of their visit for leaving lunch bags and for warm undercover teaching in adverse weather.

What are your disabled facilities?
Close drop off for disabled visitors if needed, disabled toilets, room for two wheelchairs on tractor rides, wheelchair access to animal barns, reception, tearoom, picnic areas and activity barn. To discuss your individual requirements please contact us.

What are your opening days and hours?
Open daily: 2nd January – 23rd December
10.00am – 5.00pm (close at 4.30pm Nov – Feb)

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“THANK YOU for such a fabulous day of activities on Friday. Our children had such a fabulous time, as did the adults. We had so much packed in...it was perfect!”
Lynda, EYFS Abingdon School


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Animal Welfare Green Awareness Outdoor Education Walking Tours Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Food & Nutrition Geography Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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