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Putting life into learning at Thorpe Farm Centre!
Thorpe Farm is situated 9 miles West of Scotch Corner by the side of the A66 at Greta Bridge near Barnard Castle.
We have fantastic access for coaches off the A66 and heaps of free parking!
Why not bring your pupils and come and enjoy the educational talks from our Falconers and keepers.
We have curriculum based worksheets, Risk Assessments and booking forms available on-line.
Thorpe Farm provides a safe and enjoyable environment in beautiful countryside. With our friendly, experienced guides to show you around, you can be sure of an enjoyable and informative visit, and when the learning is over, the children can let of steam around the Country Park. The perfect visit!
We believe that Thorpe Farm Centre is relevant in many different ways to the National Curriculum based studies. The diversity of our attractions gives the teaching profession the ability to taylor their visit to their individual requirement.
Thorpe Farm Centre National Curriculum based ideas:-
Liven up your lessons with a hands-on school trip, which teaches the following areas plus many more:
Within Thorpe Farm Country Park and our Woodland Areas we have many different plants growing in all sorts of conditions.
As a working arable and live stock farm, children can also witness, depending on the time of their visit, seeds been planted by farm machinery for cereal crops such as wheat, barley and oil seed rape and then monitor growth right up until harvest.
School Planting Area - coming soon.
Illustrate the processes and stages of animal reproduction.
Discuss the reasons why organisms need to reproduce, while learning about our Barn Owls and how a captive breeding programme can help them.
Animal variation and classification
With a wide variety of animals to see and experience ‘hands-on’, children can be taught about the differences between animals (mammals, reptiles, birds, insects etc), and how to group and sort animals according to visual characteristics (four legs, no fur, wings etc).
Children can handle and hand feed some of the bigger animals such as the sheep, llamas, ponies & donkeys.
Children can also explore the Country Park and Wooded Areas to identify and observe the many different natural British habitats surrounding us at Thorpe Farm such as the ponds, fields, trees, hedges, flowerbeds and grassy areas. These support many different animals encouraging species diversity.
Most of our animals are vegetarian, however our feathered friends have rather more fascinating diets!