School ProgramsTocal Homestead offers curriculum-based, interactive programs for primary and high school students across History, Geography, Agriculture and Science.
Primary ProgramsA Study In Change (Stage 1 History | Stage 2 History)
Infant and primary students discover how people worked and lived in the past through hands-on activities and stories, at the same time developing an appreciation of a heritage site.
Students and teachers alike, enjoy a structured, engaging day on the heritage farm; exploring buildings, hearing stories and doing the chores of the past. They come away with an understanding of the lifestyle of a child their age living on an Australian farm 140 years ago.
This program can also be modified for Stage 3 History
Students enjoy finding out where their food comes from as they follow a trail around the heritage site. Stage 2 students will also learn about Aboriginal food and fibre. Then they visit the farm to see beef cattle, sheep and the dairy cows coming in for milking.
High School ProgramsSustainable Biomes (Stage 5 Geography)
Tocal has a wide range of landscapes; native, riverine, built-up, wetland and cultivated, all with easy access for student groups. The full day program includes hands–on activities like soil testing, water testing and vegetation identification.
Product Case Study
Tocal Dairy is one of NSW top producing mid-size dairies, milking 280 cows twice a day. Students have the opportunity to speak with the Dairy Manager to gain first-hand information on the day to day running of a dairy as well as understand the range of skills and technology needed to run a profitable enterprise. Soil testing and pasture identification can also be included.
Amazing Tour Guides
My class are still enthusing about their visit to Tocal Homestead. It's reassuring when the presenters are retired teachers with many years’ experience. The presentation was professional and informative, engaging and entertaining. The presenters were able to adapt, without fuss, to the many characters and personalities that they had just met for the very first time and were quick to identify those with particular needs. Particular plaudits go to Robyn and Lisa who made our experience thoroughly enjoyable.
A Wealth of Local Knowledge
I visited Tocal homestead today with year 1 and 2 students from my sons school. What a fantastic day! The knowledge of the local history from our guides Robyn and Tess was immense. They were both wonderful with the children, and the kids were so excited to have so many hands on things to do and learn throughout the day! So much fun was had by all, we will be regular visitors from now on! Thank you for the excellent educational service you provide our children to ensure our wonderful local history continues to be told and handed down to another generation. Well done Tocal Homestead!