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Introduction to Cannon Hall Farm

Guided School Visits

Three generations of the Nicholson family welcome you to their working livestock farm. We take pride in having turned our farm into an outside classroom where children can enjoy the right mixture of education and fun.

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Educational value of a visit to the Farm

  • Key Stage 1: A visit to the farm widens the children’s experience in a wide range of visual, tactile and other sensory situations. The farm offers clear examples of seasonal changes and the cycle of life. There also exists a
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Farm Profile

History

For hundreds of years, Cannon Hall Farm was the home farm for the neighbouring Cannon Hall, the home of the Spencer-Stanhope family.

  • 1957 – Cannon Hall is sold to Barnsley council.
  • 1958 – Charles Baddily Nicholson buys the farm
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Farm Facilities

Large Undercover Seating Areas

Children’s Adventure Playground.

Free Coach Parking.

Picnic Areas.

Toilets and Hand Washing Points

Disabled Access

Gift Shop, Farm Shops & Tea Room

First Aid Facilities

Free Teacher Pre-Visits (by appointment)

Friendly Experienced Staff.

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The Farming Year

January
This is one of the quietest months on the farm.

  • Fruit trees are pruned to ensure a good crop later in the year
  • Some flocks start lambing indoors to produce lamb ready for the traditional Easter market
  • Conservation works
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Things to remember when visiting the farm

Things to remember when visiting the farm:

Risk Assessment:

We advise that you carry out a risk assessment during your pre-visit. A copy of the farm’s risk assessment can be downloaded here: Download our risk assessment.

Clothing:

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Preparing for Your Visit

We recommend that you visit the farm yourself, this will allow you to become familiar with the site and check that we meet the safety, comfort and pleasure needs of your party

Safety:

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Ideas for Teachers

Ideas for Teachers

Linking your Visit to Key Stages 1 &2

The ideas outlined below are designed to help teachers link a visit to Cannon Hall farm with the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2.

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Activity 1: Make A Sheep

Time: 15–30 minutes

Preparation:

Photocopy the attached template on to thin card. One template per child is required.

Resources needed:

Green card.

Glue

Paint, crayons, felt tip pens

Cotton wool

Description of the activity:

  1. Get the children to either draw
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Activity 2: The Secret of Soil

Time: 30–40 minutes

Preparation:

Gather soil samples.

Resources needed:

  • Trowels, gloves.
  • Soil sample (about a tablespoon for each child).
  • A transparent plastic container (eg the cut-off bottom of an empty two-litre drinks bottle)
  • Small stones / pebbles, a cup of
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Activity 3: How Much Space?

Time: 10–15 minutes

Preparation:

Use string to mark out three areas on the ground. Make one about 1 metre square, a second area about 3 metres square, and a third 5 metres square.

Resources needed:

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Activity 4 – You Can’t Eat That!

This activity is particularly suitable for children at key stages 1 & 2.

Time: 30 minutes

Preparation:

Decide in consultation with the teacher which of the four food journeys they wish to follow, as there might be religious or allergy … Read more here…

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Sheep Facts

Some General Facts:

  1. Sheep were domesticated about 10,000 years ago.
  1. There are around 1 billion sheep on the planet.
  1. There are approximately 900 different breeds of sheep.
  1. In New Zealand, sheep outnumber people by 12 to 1.
  1. Sheep have poor
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Cow Facts

Some Physical Facts:

  1. Cows are ruminants. This means they chew cud. Cud is regurgitated partially digested food. Cows chew the cud for up to 8 hours a day.
  1. Cows DO NOT have 4 stomachs, they have four digestive compartments: rumen,
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Goat Facts

Some General Facts:

  1. Goats were domesticated about 9,000 years ago.
  1. There are around 450 million goats on the planet. Mostly in Africa & the Middle East.
  1. Goats are ruminants, like cows and sheep.
  1. Contrary to popular belief, goats do not
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Pig Facts

Some General Facts:

  1. Pigs were domesticated about 6,000 years ago. They are descended from the Eurasian wild boar.
  1. The oldest picture of a wild boar is a 40,000 year old cave painting in Spain.
  1. There are around 2 billion pigs
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Other Animal Facts

Turkey Facts:

  1. Despite their name, turkeys originate from North America.
  1. Male turkeys are called toms, female turkeys are hens.
  1. Turkeys have red fleshy growths around the heads and necks. These are the wattle that hangs from the neck, the snood
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