"A fascinating insight into the world of donkeys, ideal for KS1 up to KS3. Get up close with these gentle and lovable creatures."
You wouldn't believe in how many places the humble donkey touches the National Curriculum! From their heritage as working animals through to the biology of their characteristics, Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary offers younger students an ideal opportunity to observe close to 100 of these fascinating animals in close proximity.
As well as the more obvious science and biology subjects, we have also developed a wide range of activities in other curriculum aspects using the donkeys and the sanctuary as reference - for example our Donkey Data KS1 Maths resource and our estimation and problem-solving tasks for KS2 and KS3.
Whatever you're studying, we're bound to be able to link it with the Donkey Sanctuary, providing an ideal stimulus for learning outside the classroom!
Let them run off some steam using our PSHE "Spot the Donkey" challenge before taking lunch in the picnic area or settling down to some proper work in the barn classroom, with hay bales for chairs!
All of the donkeys have different features and characteristics, and for the younger students who might not spot the more subtle nuances, each donkey at the sanctuary has its own colour coded name 'necklace' for ease of identification.
Subject to availability, we can arrange a question and answer session with Charlie, the original founder of the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary.
Charlie's story is a fascinating one - he used to be the local postman in an Isle of Wight village who slowly but surely amassed a collection of rescued donkeys!
Bring a group of 50 or more students and we'll include a 12-month VIP donkey sponsorship for your school!
During your visit your group can choose which of the current sponsorship donkeys they'd like to support (or we can pick one randomly for you!)
Shortly after your return to school you'll receive an adoption pack including full details about your donkey, with regular updates throughout the year.
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DONKEY WALKING 30mins
EQUINE COMPARISON 30mins
SCAN & MATCH 30mins
DONKEY GROOMING 30mins
DONKEY HEALTH 30mins
TREASURE HUNT 30mins
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Q: IS THE DONKEY SANCTUARY SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS?
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS ON THE DAY OF THE VISIT?
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Why not stay overnight in one of our many accommodation options and visit working donkeys at Carisbrooke Castle? See them working the giant water wheel, exactly as they have done for hundreds of years!