Schools

A perfect venue for outdoor learning and a great way to bring history alive. 30,000 pupils visit Butser Ancient Farm every year, so why not bring your class too? Inspire their curiosity and get hands-on with history!

To Book a Visit:Telephone 023 9259 8838 or email: schools@butserancientfarm.co.uk

How a Butser visit works for your school

Our schools visits programme has been designed to key directly into the National Curriculum. We offer activities relevant to Stone Age, Bronze Age, Celts, Romans, Anglo Saxons and Vikings, covering KS1 to KS4. Teaching staff choose in advance from a range of activities relevant to your area of study. All visits begin with an introductory talk and discussion around the fire in one of our period-specific houses. The Butser Ancient Farm education team plan the entire day for all school visitors around your chosen activities, with a break for lunch and lots of opportunities for questions and discussions throughout the day.

For a list and description of visit activities from which you can choose, please click here: butser-school-activities

Butser Ancient Farm is a real working farm.  It is also an open air research laboratory, where the ancient world  is being explored.  Providing a wonderful setting for an educational visit, pupils and students experience life in the past in a direct, sensory way. Particular emphasis is placed upon hands on experiences at all levels, promoting physical engagement and continuous discussion. This makes a Butser Ancient Farm visit suitable for all abilities.

Our schools programme is led by education director, Maureen Page. She says: “The childrens’ imaginations are immediately activated and the whole day adds up to an unforgettable, enjoyable and highly instructive experience for pupils, teachers and parents alike. When children leave us at the end of an exhausting day, they are often spattered with mud and clay, but always have beaming smiles.”

Teachers love….

  • the quality of our enthusiastic team, who will lead you through an adventurous day transporting your pupils back to ancient times.
  • our carefully planned activities that tie in with different aspects of Key Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, from history and art to DT and maths.
  • our Neolithic enclosure, atmospheric Iron Age Great Roundhouse, impressive Roman villa and superb Saxon House.

Inspiring staff and exciting topics

What are you studying? Celts, Romans, Invaders and Settlers, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, Houses and Homes, Discovery for Reception Age, Medicine through Time, Sustainable Technologies or Archaeology? Would your class like to compare Iron Age and present-day technologies? Perhaps you want to make mosaics with coloured tiles to learn about symmetry and repeating patterns? By trying everyday tasks, such as spinning, pottery and wattling, students gain first hand knowledge of technologies that helped early peoples survive and thrive. Our stunning site and inspiring staff will bring the past to life. Your class can sit beside a large open fire in a Neolithic longhouse, Iron Age roundhouse, Roman Villa or Anglo-Saxon farmhouse that is actually based on real archaeology. They can touch, smell and see what life would have been like.

For a list and description of visit activities from which you can choose, please click here:butser-school-activities

An unforgettable school trip in Hampshire. What our visitors say:

“That was the BEST school trip I have ever been on” Rhea, Year 3

“There are appropriate and relevant activities for the children that are fast paced and pitched totally to retain their interest” Corpus Christi School

“The trip was supercalafragaliclixpaladous, that means amazing!” Mahele, Wiltshire

“My favourite thing was clunching with the mud and chalk to make the wall. Everything you said was fascinating” Rebecca, aged 10

“PS: I’m allowed to build a roundhouse in my back garden” Lewis, Year 6

“It is the ‘hands on’ activities that really provide the learning experiences. ACS Cobham International Secondary School

Report on a typical school visit by a girl in year 8, Farnborough Hill 

On 9 June 2014, I, along with the rest of Year 8, went to Butser Ancient Farm.  We started the day in a replica of an Iron Age hut.  In the centre of the room there was a fire, the roof was thatched and it was very dark and smoky inside.  Each form was named after a different tribe, my form, 8A, were the ‘Atrebates‘.

Throughout the day we did lots of different activities that related to Roman Britain.  The first activity I did was spinning wool into yarn using a drop spindle.  I actually found it quite hard as I kept ripping my wool and my thread was very thick!  Next we did painting and visited a Roman villa.  We only used three colours and had to paint one of the pictures depicted on the walls.  The paint that was used in Roman Britain didn’t dry like our paint does today and instead rubs off like chalk if you brush it!

At lunch time we were given the opportunity to explore the farm and look at all the replica buildings from different eras.  Our next task was cooking!  We were each given a lump of dough, made only from flour and water, and had to wrap it in a spiral around a long stick.  Then we cooked the bread by holding it over the embers of the fire in the Iron Age hut.  This took a really long time and the smoke was very unpleasant, however the bread was actually quite tasty when we ate it afterwards!

Finally, to end the day we made jewellery out of copper wire, and twisted it into rings, pendants and bracelets.  In summary, the trip was great fun and I learnt a lot about Iron Age Britain and the culture the Romans introduced.