Hands on Experience with Tasks Relevant to Curriculum
Mount Pleasant Care Farm caters for one-off school visits, curriculum based visits, as well as term or year-long agricultural projects. We can also help you set up and run your own school farm! We offer tailored programmes for children who are struggling with behavioural issues by providing farm-based activities. We include horticultural and arts & crafts activities also.
To aid learning and retention of knowledge, we have designed educational booklets that pupils can fill out as they visit different locations and perform different activities. For older children, we have instant cameras on site for taking photos of their time on the farm which can later be made into collages in the craft area. The book encourages counting, writing, and drawing and uses activities based around the plants, birds, and insects in the area to encourage communication skills, teamwork, and confidence. The booklets are theirs to keep as a memory of their day and to contribute towards their grades should you wish to include it as such.
Let us know, and we can tailor your visit to fit any relevant curriculum you desire. Flexibility is key and we aim to help you get the most out of your visit. We are also able to cater for on-going project work that is fulfilled over several visits. For example, a geography project on plant life cycles which will require watching the plants change over time and how they cope with differing weather conditions and seasonal changes. If there are any on-going projects you would like to put it place please talk to us and we will happily accommodate.
Membership & Accreditations
Our fantastic team of staff is CEVAS and CHAS accredited. Find out more about our accreditations and risk assessments on our About Us page.
There are so many things to be taken away from your trip at Mount Pleasant Care Farm, but here’s just a few:
- Learn about the food chain and where the food we eat comes from.
- Learn about how different weather and different seasons change how we care for our plants, birds, and insects.
- Find and identify different plants, flowers and trees around the farm.
- Discover the role that trees and plants play in the environments and to care for them.
- Learn about the stages of growing vegetables, from preparing the soil, to harvesting the fruit!
- Build bird boxes, feeders and bug hotels to help encourage birds and other insects to live around our farm.
- Observe farming practices such as vaccinating sheep, clipping pigs toenails, or watching the shearer shear his sheep.
- Understand what maintenance and upkeep is involved in keeping animals, plants, fruit and vegetables.
Here’s what one school has to say about us.
“The placements are important to students at Oakfield Park School as it allows for them to experience some of the challenges of working life. For the majority this will be their first experience of a work situation and it gives them insight into working with new people and with a team.
Our students can experience their natural surroundings in an enjoyable way and allows them to be involved with most aspects of animal care. They learn about feeding, grooming and general well being of the animals. All this is achieved with a very hands on approach which our students flourish from.”
Oakfield Park School is based in Ackworth and is a Local Authority maintained school providing education for young people aged 11 to 19 years with severe, complex or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Many of the pupils have additional needs including autism, sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, medical and physical difficulties.