Schools and education programmes at Cogges

Cogges Learning Programme - Bringing Learning to life

Cogges Manor Farm is open for school visits. We have a variety of visits to meet your needs but particularly, a practical maths session and an outdoor adventures session.
We cover different age ranges from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 2. We offer full or half day sessions tailored to the needs of the school and curriculum. 
 
Each subject area is led by our trained Educational Facilitators and volunteers and has been carefully constructed to work in line with the National Curriculum covering key subject areas including history, geography, mathematics, literacy, citizenship, science and design. Our aim is to harness the unique environment at Cogges Manor Farm and create interactive learning experiences to inspire children of all ages.
 
Cogges is a wonderful site for education and our sessions are adaptable for children with additional needs. Any session at Cogges will bring children and young people into contact with the tranquillity of Cogges, its animals and its historic environment. All of this can help promote the health and well-being of your young people.
 
On top of all this, we are more than happy to work with you to create some inspiring and engaging sessions that are bespoke to your needs.
If you are interested in working with us more closely please do get in touch by emailing Laura at learning@cogges.org.uk or call 01993 772602.
 

Sessions that are fully outdoors:

Enchanted Cogges (Full Day) New for 2019/20 KS1 and KS2

To provide a light hearted exploration of Cogges, using the imagination to find ‘fairies’, create woodland creatures and environmental art, plant seeds and build shelters.

The cost of the programme is £78 per group for the full day. Groups of 12 children, maximum 5 groups or 60 children.

 

Outside adventures (Full Day) New for 2019/20 KS1 and KS2

To immerse and engage children outdoor learning. This could be seen as a taster day to a Forest schools experience, it is all about learning in a practical way outside. From building a shelter to cooking over a fire to how to have fun with sticks and create art in nature.

The cost of the programme is £78 per group. Groups of 12 children, maximum 5 groups or 60 children.

 

Sessions with only one activity inside

Farming for Food (Full Day) KS2

To enhance the children’s understanding of farming and the provenance of healthy and environmentally sustainable food production. Considering how our choices impact the planet e.g. air miles and ethical choices that need to be made to feed an ever increasing population.

This is a full day session £78 per group. Groups of 12 children, maximum 5 groups or 60 children.

 

Wildlife and Growing (Full Day) KS1 and KS2

To establish in children an understanding and appreciation of the natural environment around them. The interdependence of all creatures and food chains. Seeking out animal habitats, learning about plants and taking a hands-on role in planting their seedling and making their own compost. This is a fun, outdoor session which can be tailored to the different seasons of the year.

The cost of the programme is £78. Groups of 12 children, maximum 5 groups or 60 children.

 

Jack and the Bean Stalk (Half Day) New for 2019/20 EYFS and KS1

To engage younger children in the exploration of the story of Jack and the Bean stalk. Children will look at growing from a seed, making a bed, finding some eggs, creating baked impressions of the giant’s footprints and milking the model cow. This is a lively and interactive session where all children are involved. Including a special puppet surprise at the end!

This is a half-day session and costs £54 per group. Groups of 12 children, maximum 5 groups or 60 children.

 

Stick Day (Half Day) New for 2019/20 EYFS and KS1

To give younger children confidence in creativity. To look at specific books such as ‘Stanley’s Stick’ and ‘Stickman’ and to engage with them at a deeper level. Immersing themselves in the idea that sticks can be anything, either focusing on Stanley’s Stick or Stickman (usually time of year dependent). Children will create shelters with sticks, learn about different sticks and create breadsticks to take home. They will hunt hidden stick characters create their own and have fun with sticks. This is a creative session to encourage children to have fun outdoors. Including a special puppet surprise at the end!

This is a half-day session and costs £54 per group. Groups of 12 children, maximum 6 groups or 60 children.

 

Old MacDonald – Story and Rhyme (Half Day) EYFS and KS1

To give younger children a fun and interactive tour of the farm. Learning through stories and rhymes about the different animals and the different aspects of farming. Children take a tour of the whole of the site at Cogges Manor farm and are introduced to and learn about the different animals. They take part in stories, songs and rhymes associated with the animals and their journey is tied together through Old MacDonald had a farm. This is a fun and stimulating session and brings a host of key learning areas to life. Including a special puppet surprise at the end!

This is a half-day session and costs £54 per group. Groups of 12 children, maximum 5 groups or 60 children.

 

Practical Maths (Full Day) New for 2019/20 KS1 and KS2

To immerse and engage children with maths on a practical level. Getting them to understand that maths is everywhere we look. Measuring stick, finding shapes throughout the farm, measuring ingredients and weighing animal feed are all practical ways that maths is used in everyday life. 

The cost of the programme is £78 per group. Groups of 12 children, maximum 5 groups or 60 children.

 

Sessions with two or more activities inside

Potter Session KS1 and KS2 (Full or Half Day Session)

Beatrix Potter was not just a great story teller she was also an environmentalist. Learn more about the world Beatrix Potter created. This is an interactive and lively session, which keeps children fully engaged. Sessions include hands on activities such as, Mrs Tiggywinkles Laundry, Tom Kitten's making the bed, Jeremy Fisher's Wildlife Walk, Jemima Puddle Ducks egg search and Peter Rabbit's biscuit creation. 

The cost of the programme is £78 per group for the full day and £54 per group for the half day. Groups of 12 children, maximum 5 groups or 60 children.

 

Time Travellers, Victorians or Saxons (Full Day or Half Day) KS1 and KS2

To immerse and engage children in our historical past. To leave them with a feeling of awe and understanding at how our ancestors lived their everyday lives. This is an interactive and lively history based session, which keeps children fully engaged. The programme is flexible and can be tailored to focus on the Saxon or Victorian period as well as on local history if required. Sessions include hands on activities such as, Victorian Laundry, making the bed, decoding and making runes, making Welsh cakes or flatbreads, grinding grain, shelter building. Please discuss your specific requirements with us.

The cost of the programme is £78 per group for the full day and £54 per group for the half day. Groups of 12 children, maximum 5 groups or 60 children.

 

Little Red Hen and Farmyard Friends (Half Day) EYFS and KS1

To give younger children an understanding of where food comes from and how it is made. Based on the story of Little Red Hen, children look at growing from a seed, grinding flour and baking bread. This is a lively and interactive session where all children are involved. Including a special puppet surprise at the end!

This is a half-day session and costs £54 per group. Groups of 12 children, maximum 5 groups or 60 children.

 

Christmas through the Ages (Seasonal availability only) (Full Day or Half Day) EYFS, KS1 and KS2

To take children on a magical journey of traditions of Christmas from past to present. Covering traditions that date back to the pagan winter solstice, Tudor Christmases, Victorian inventions and the World War ideals of ‘make do and mend’, this is a hands on Christmas adventure. Including a special Christmas puppet surprise!

General Information

Cogges offers a hands-on experience for all ages and abilities. All visits return to school with something besides a memorable experience, be that baking, seeds, oven-baked crisps, Christmas crackers or decorations. The sessions provide huge scope for follow up work back in the classroom.

The education programme is open all year, although the site is closed to the public from November until the end of March. There is a large free car park within a short, safe walk of the entrance to the site. Cogges is an enclosed site. Half Day activities can be made longer by a visit to Cogges grounds and adventure playground, supervised by school staff. All half day visits are welcome to stay on site for lunch. There is a shop and café onsite open March to November only.

During the open season the grounds are open to the public from 10am.

Risk assessments and the Trust’s Child Protection Policy are available upon request.

Booking

If you would like to book a session or arrange a free pre-visit please contact the Learning and Community Engagement Manager Laura Dean on 01993 772602 or email learning@cogges.org.uk.

"Thank you for our recent Little Red Hen visit. Whilst the weather was not pleasant, it didn't deter the boys excitement and enthusiasm. All but one was asleep on the short journey home! Thank you for making everything as safe as possible for us, we all felt completely safe."
 
Linda Gaskell, Abingdon Preparatory School, October 2020

 

"I just wanted to thank you and your team for our visit today. The children had a great day and learnt so much. We still had all the experiences that we had on previous visits and we felt very safe with all the measures that were in place. The weather was an added bonus!"
 
Judith Fisher, Year 1 teacher, St Hugh's School, Faringdon - September, 2020

"We were very impressed with our visit to Cogges Farm. It was very well organised, and beautifully resourced. Children were highly engaged, and enjoyed every bit - but particularly the natural art session. I don't know why we haven't been before!"

Francesca Jenkins, EYFS Coordinator St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Oxford

"It was a lovely trip, the children were wowed by how much they found out. The activities were engaging and exciting and we had lots of fun. Thank you to all the staff they were great and very helpful. We will definitely plan on coming back next year."

Sophie Monk, Wheatley CE Primary School

Cogges schools education programme was awarded an Investors in Education Award in 2013 by the Business Education Alliance, nominated by Marlborough School. 

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