Shropshire Council

Key Stage 2 programme

Our education sessions for KS2 children support topics in Science, History and Design Technology, as well as offering many opportunities to develop problem-solving and team-working skills.

A variety of science topics are supported in the farmyard, by CSI Acton Scott and Food and Farming - The Sustainable Way, and in the woodland by our new Power of Plants workshop. All of these sessions can be adapted for KS3 children.

Workshops available

CSI Acton Scott

Who stole the grain from the granary? Children have a crime to solve – an animal has been stealing grain! They observe the suspects, and then, back in the ‘crime lab’, study the jaws and teeth of different animals to eliminate the innocent. A further study of footprints and fur leads them to the perpetrator.

“It was the best day of my life.” – Zoe

A farm through time

Uncover and interpret evidence found above and below ground to trace the story of Acton Scott’s farming community over 2000 years. Hands-on activities reinforce the children’s observations: they mill wheat into flour on a quern, spin wool, sort Roman finds, pull the plough and lend a hand in the farmyard.

‘I was expecting that I would like it 100% but I didn't, I liked it 1000%' - Maddie

Evacuee

Newly-arrived evacuees are quickly organised by Acton Scott’s efficient billeting officer, Mrs. Mainwaring. Once identity cards, suitcases and gas masks have been checked, they practise the air raid drill before being set to work in the fields. Then there’s time to reflect as they write their first letter home.

Farm boy

Children will gain a deeper understanding of this moving story through first-hand experience. As they meet the farm’s shire horses, Charlie and Joe, they develop a sense of their scale and temperament, whilst finding out what is involved in their care.

They take on the role of the horses and try ploughing and turning the gin in order to appreciate fully the strength and discipline that is required of these magnificent animals, and the skill of the people who worked with them. Through a practical harnessing activity, they learn how the harness fits together to transfer a horse’s amazing strength to the plough. Finally, they examine Acton Scott’s very first tractor, a 1943 Fordson Major currently undergoing restoration, and reflect on what advantages and disadvantages it brought.

To make the most of this session, children should have read Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo before their visit. Resources to support work before and after the visit can be downloaded from this page.

‘My dad wouldn't cope without his tractors. He wouldn't be patient enough to plough with horses' - Izzy

The Victorian country child

Experience what life was like for children on a Victorian farm.  Every day was a busy one and all were expected to lend a hand, however little, around the home and farmyard, and out in the fields.  With all the chores done, there’s just time for some simple country fun with their friends.

‘I found it amazing how the Victorian children had to do a lot of work. All the things we do now is much easier than their life' - Izzy

Food and farming - the sustainable way

Was Acton Scott a sustainable farm? Discover how a farmer worked in the past and the impact of farming on the environment. Through practical activities, children gain an understanding of the economics of farming and learn how the farm relied on both horse and human energy to survive.

‘It was a fabulous day. I'll never forget my trip to Acton Scott' - Jack

Stone Age hunters and gatherers

Find out what was it like to be a Stone Age hunter-gatherer in this multi-activity workshop. Children will have a go at making their own shelter, gathering wood for a fire and trying to light it! Get ready to go hunting, find out how to make stone tools and try to haft a flint onto a handle.

LEGO education and simple machines

Our new Simple Machines workshop introduces pupils to the basic principles behind gears, wheels, axles, levers and pulleys, while laying the groundwork for further learning about science and engineering.

Pupils visit the farm to see simple machines in action and gain an understanding of the practical application of machinery on a farm.

In the farm classroom pupils use the LEGO Education Simple Machines kits to build a series of models, and work in teams to solve problems as they investigate the operation of simple and compound machines.

The power of plants

Children will learn the importance of plants through games and practical activities that illustrate conditions required for growth as well as plant structure and function. Construction of a wheel of food chains also underlines our reliance on green plants and, ultimately, the sun for energy. The session culminates in the construction of a human tree!

“Thank you for letting us go to the deep dark woods and find tiny minibeasts under the stumpy trees and under the big, fat, brown and long branches.” – Luke

If you're interested in booking one of these workshops for your setting or class, take a look at the booking information by clicking on the green button below.

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