PUPILS GIVE HATTON THE THUMBS UP

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PUPILS GIVE HATTON ADVENTURE FARM THE THUMBS UP!

Hatton Adventure Farm has announced its most successful year to date, thanks to its two educational group initiatives, with numerous schools in the district visiting and awarding great feedback.

           Official figures released by Hatton Country World shows a staggering 18,000 pupils visited the farm on school trips last year, with a seven-per-cent increase on visits made the previous year. Adventure Farm Manager, Richard Craddock says the educational programmes offered to schools has proved an affirmative success, he said: “We’ve done very well again with school visits, our numbers are up on previous years on the back of doing two educational packages, April and May time we had some schools open days and we invited them along, gave them a bit of lunch and showed them what we deliver and consequently its paid off for us.”

           The educational activities hosted on the farm are led by experienced guides and tailor-made to adapt the needs of pupils aged between five and 11 years old, learning key stages one and two.  Richard, who oversees the booking of school visits to the farm, said: “With children growing up with technology, a visit to Hatton allows youngsters to explore the countryside, its animals, where the food they eat comes from, how animals and humans work together and the importance of outdoor activity. And at Hatton Adventure Farm they do all this and more whilst having fun.”

                Schools can choose up to two, specialist farming programmes from six subjects including, caring for animals, plant growing, field to fork, animal growth and change, natural environment and animal adaption, as part of their visit. The popular adventure farm is home to 300 resident farm animals, including rare breeds and hundreds of guinea pigs in their own village. A bundle of live demonstrations and shows are also offered to schools including, animal feeding, free tractor rides taking pupils on an education tour of the farm, sheep racing, a breathtaking falconry display, and the midlands largest 12,000 square-foot indoor and outdoor play areas.

                Commenting on the praise already given to the farm by local schools, Richard said: “The feedback we have received so far this year has been excellent. We do a feedback form at the end of each school visit and teachers write down what they most enjoyed. The majority of them say how well organised the day is, how good the facilities are and what an excellent initiative it is for each child’s needs, alongside what they’re currently learning about at school.”