Learning Visits

Special sessions to support classroom studies

We especially welcome discovery visits from schools (primary and secondary) where the experiences enjoyed at Almond Valley add value to specific studies carried out in the classroom. We offer a range of curriculum-linked discovery sessions and other learning experiences, exclusively for such learning visits, and a specially discounted entry price.

Schools that qualify for this subsidy are charged at £5.00 per child, with one accompanying adult free for every seven children, and any additional adult charged at £5.00

To qualify for a discovery session your school must meet all the criteria below:

  • the visit is a teach-led outing from a primary or secondary school to support specific classroom topics. Due to the content of the discovery sessions these are aimed at children from P1 upwards, the sessions are not designed for children younger than this.
  • the school class must be of at least 15 children
  • visits take place between January to May each year

If your class(s) doesn't meet all the above criteria you can book to visit as standard for all other types of school excursions group visits

We offer a choice of discovery sessions on topics that link to the Curriculum for Excellence, and are happy to adapt and orientate these to suit a particular topic or course of study. The resources of the farm and museum may be applied in many other ways, and we'd be very happy to discuss how these might be used to support other studies.

While the discovery session will form the main focus of the learning visits, those on learning visits also have access to all the attractions and facilities of Almond Valley. We have spaces for picnic lunches, some of which are undercover, there is no need to book the spaces. As an extra treat tractor and trailer rides may be booked for £1 per person, a train ride may be booked for £2 per person and soft play session for £2 per child (restricted to under 8 years old)

How to Book

Just push the button at the foot of the page and complete the online form. We'll send you an email to confirm that we've received your booking along with the timetable for your visit. Please make sure you are completing the correct booking form for your visit.

Your Choice of Discovery Session

Discovery Sessions are hands-on learning activities that can be linked to curriculum studies and are delivered by an experienced demonstrator. Sessions usually involve groups of 15-20 children and last about 20 minutes. Large parties are therefore split into a number of sessions. Children can only receive a single discovery session during the course of their visit.

Little Creatures

A gentle introduction to the smallest creatures at Almond Valley, including rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks. The session can be adapted to suit children of all ages and will address science outcomes related to classification of living things by comparing and contrasting their various characteristics.

My Big Responsibility

A closer look at many of the small animals, focusing on the care that's needed to ensure that they remain happy and healthy, then reflecting on the responsibilities of keeping a pet. The session can address learning outcomes related to social responsibility, including the importance of good hygiene.

Meet the Animals

Our animal house is home to many farm animals, which normally include goats, sheep, donkeys and horses. Meet the residents, and consider the characteristics that they share, and what makes them different. This activity is suitable for primary school children aged 5+, and can address learning outcomes related to classification and characteristics of living things.

What’s Hatching?

A study of growth and life-cycles examining fertile eggs from a range of birds on the farm. We will consider development inside the egg, the hatching process, and how young birds change as they grow up. This session is suitable for primary school children aged 5+ and can address learning outcomes related to life cycle and reproduction.

Harvest and Garden

Available only during the Autumn term this offered a hand-on exploration of our field crops, orchards, polytunnel and wartime garden to support historical themes or study of diet and sustainability issues.

Shale Oil Stories

For West Lothian schools, we offer special sessions in the museum that explore the history of the shale oil industry, community life, and other local history themes. We're happy to adapt these to focus on a particular community or a particular interest of a class.

  • Download: Our model risk assessment for farm visits
  • Download: Industry code of practice - guidance to teachers and other on farm visits by children