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Sheep to woolly jumper

Visit our working farm and say hello to our animals whilst learning all about the life cycle of sheep and cows. Either by making cheese or butter from their milk or using wool to make bookmarks, your class will learn all about the different life stages in a fun and safe way and also understand the importance of seasons.

March is lambing and calving season at Brackenhurst. 


Suitable for:
KS1 and KS2
Full day
Available at:

On arrival one of our tutors will welcome your group to the Centre and go through the schedule for the day, learning objectives and health and safety issues.

Session A: Usually led by centre teacher

  • We will walk to Home Farm animal pens
  • Children will get to visit the cows and calves, ewes and lambs in the nursery and bonding pens
  • A quick detour to look at a sheep's fleece
  • Followed by hand washing prior to children making their own cheese or butter in the classroom
  • Clear away/wash up

Session B: Usually led by visiting teachers

  • Children walk through the grounds to Brackenhurst Hall and gardens area
  • The children are given an artist’s palette to collect the colours of Springtime, walking round the hall and garden
  • On return to the classroom the children will make their own woolly bookmarks or a rain-bow sheep
  • All resources are provided
  • Clear away
  • Use natural objects and materials
  • Understand the difference between natural and man-made materials
  • Develop understanding of colour line, texture, shape, pattern and form
  • Understand how life cycles are linked to the seasons
  • Improve observational skills
  • Gain an appreciation of the environment and understand their role in caring for it and its inhabitants
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Please dress for the weather. Detailed activity sheets will be provided for group’s self- leading sessions. All activity programmes may vary depending on number of pupils and their needs, length of visit and weather conditions. Important: Please ask visiting female adults if any are pregnant and inform them they are not to come into contact with ewes in the sheep pens.

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