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A Virtual Farm Walk
The Virtual Farm WalkLet the Mouse do the walking on the Virtual Farm Walk.

Farms are great places for learning.  Farmers are great people to learn from. Now every school child can go field to field exploring the British countryside to see and hear about the way our food is grown with care for wildlife – and all without even having to get a coat on - on the LEAF Virtual Farm Walk.

From the website, developed by the farming charity LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) in consultation with children and teachers, farmers and countryside educationalists, the Virtual Farm Walk covers crop and livestock farming and many points of the curriculum for primary school children. Two farmers are on hand to give explanations and there are lots of things to do and activity sheets to download. In the Dig Deeper section there are further materials and activities for 11-13 year olds.

Headteacher Amanda Raynham, of Cornwall’s Menheniot Primary School, says
'The Virtual Farm Walk is a high quality, interactive resource that all children, regardless of ability, were able to access and enjoy. It is colourful and the children were absorbed and keen to explore the different environments. It has enormous potential as a teaching resource and deals with important issues such as 'sustainability' in a fun and informative way”.

The LEAF Virtual Farm Walk is open and ready for visitors - whatever the weather!

www.virtualfarmwalk.org

For further information on LEAF or to visit a real farm nearby
www.leafuk.org

In June each year, hundreds of farmers welcome visitors to Open Farm Sunday
www.farmsunday.org
 

What people say about the LEAF Virtual Farm Walk:

Virtual farmer, Sally Bendall, Hollow Trees Farm, Suffolk
“I was pleased to be one of the farmers who show  children and others  around the Virtual Farm. It gives a wonderful opportunity to share our farming world with young people everywhere, I hope it will encourage and inspire children to look closely at farming and the countryside and all the great things it has to offer.”

Headteacher, Amanda Raynham, of Cornwall’s Menheniot Primary School
“The Virtual Farm Walk is a high quality, interactive resource that all children, regardless of ability, were able to access and enjoy. The children were absorbed and keen to explore the different environments. It has enormous potential as a teaching resource and deals with important issues such as 'sustainability' in a fun and informative way”.

Primary school children,
'I learnt a lot from using it for just a short time' – Thomas, year 4
“I liked the walk because there was loads of stuff to do -like pond dipping- and I liked going in the farm
office and seeing what they do there”.   Jonathan Thorp, aged 10

The Virtual Farm Walk