Our school tours begin at 10.00, when you are greeted by either Eleanor or Roy…or both of us! Children will be given a tour of the sheds where baby animals and chicks are eagerly waiting your arrival!!
The children will learn about the animals and have the opportunity to hold or feed them. Which animals are in the sheds depends on due dates and recent arrivals. Next visit the out-door kitchens in the newly added natural play sensory garden. Experimenting with herbs, flowers and cooking leaf kebabs has been a big hit with both teachers and children....And of course, no tour is complete without a ride on our now famous tractor & trailer ride!!!
Lunch is usually followed by free play in our playground and go-kart track.
Before your visit
It seems we are educating by stealth. The farm provides many fabulous opportunities to learn through engagement and enchantment…feeding curiosity, creativity and collaboration.
We have used modern technology to give some of our animals a voice!! …They even give away some secrets!
Try it here before you visit with your class, discuss with the children and see if what she says is true while you are here. This will help the children prepare for some things to look out for on the farm. It will help sharpen their eyes and notice more on their visit
It might be fun to discuss one of the two animal poems we’ve included in our downloads to help demonstrate the relationship between humans and animals.
During your visit
Sandy Feet visitors can take their time to observe, and explore.
There is plenty of time to stroll between animal pens, around the farm, garden and playground. Observe how animals interact with each other and with humans! We encourage them to find out about each animals habits and traits. What better way to do that than to hear directly from the animals themselves! You’ve already heard from Kathleen but what about the others?!
Teachers can swipe their smartphones by a nearby plaque and get a call back from 4 Sandfeet animals: Lucy Alpacca, Goujon Hen, Kathleen Our Highland Cow, and Roisin Dexter.
Explore the natural environment in the natural play and sensory area…get dirty cooking in the mud kitchen, look for bugs in Buginham Palace, listen out for the birds! (the bug hunt sheet in our downloads is perfect for this)
Have a look at our engaging downloads. They are based around all they’ve learned at Sandy Feet. After your visit, you can help children to consolidate what they’ve learned by choosing which downloads are suitable for your class.
In accordance with our attempts to be more environmentally friendly we have decided to make our worksheets available for download rather than printing them as whole book that may not be used.
You’ve heard from some of the animals at Sandy Feet Farm. But others might like to speak up too. If they could talk what would they say?
What was your favorite animal? What does he/she have to say for him/herself?
What is their name? What do they look like….what was the thing that stands out in your mind about them? Is there a reason for that? How do you imagine they arrived at sandy feet? How do you image they spend their day? Who are their family and friends?
There are many famous poems about animals. In each poem, the writer has taken time to really watch and observe the animal they are writing about. But every writer is different and every writer notices different things. What do you notice when you look at each animal?
We’d love to hear some of your stories! They might even appear on our website.