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THROUGH A TEACHER'S EYES

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SEE ISLE OF WIGHT DONKEY SANCTUARY THROUGH THE EYES OF A TEACHER

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... Through a Teacher's Eyes

... Through a Teacher's Eyes

An interactive familiarisation guide to Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary - through the eyes of a teacher. All the supporting information you'll need, prepared by experts.

Confidently plan school & group visits to Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary even if you've never been before!

Scroll down to find an interactive site plan highlighting the most important educational aspects of Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, reviews of Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary by experienced teachers and a list of teaching resources available here. You'll also find documents such as a sample risk assessment and other useful guides, including our detailed On The Day procedure.

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Interactive Site Plan

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Clickable Site Plan with video, photos and helpful information

The next best thing to undertaking your own pre-visit! Our experts have toured Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and have presented it "Through a Teacher's Eyes" so that you don't have to.

Mouse over the site plan and click on areas which interest you.

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Site Map The Top FieldCentre Field and Far FieldCar ParkAdoption DonkeysPicnic AreasNight Shelter BarnsSand PaddocksDillon's Cafe & Coffee ShopDillon's Barn

Teacher's Resource Map - Upper Key Stage 2

Find out which are the most appropriate areas of Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary for your group, and see which of our learning resources apply best.

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SEE ISLE OF WIGHT DONKEY SANCTUARY THROUGH THE EYES OF A TEACHER

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Useful Documents

Everything you need to help you plan a school trip to Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. Click to download any document as a PDF.

The following documents should prove useful to those planning a group visit to Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

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Venue Risk Assessment
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary sample risk assessment

Venue Overview
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary venue overview

"On The Day" Procedure
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary on the day procedure for school groups

HSE Advice


Health & Safety Guide



A Teacher's Perspective...

We asked a teacher who visited Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary recently to share some insights about their experience.

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By Derek | Recently-retired Secondary Headteacher

For over 25 years the Sanctuary has been a key tourist attraction on the Isle of Wight, and a vital refuge for neglected and abandoned donkeys from all across the UK.

Each donkey is a real character and visiting them is a always a joy for all animal lovers. Every donkey has a name, is microchipped and holds a passport!

All of the donkeys on display in the paddocks are gentle and happy to receive attention from humans. Children love watching their antics and learning how these animals communicate with each other.

The scene is always changing - many of the donkeys don't stand around in one place for too long - they enjoy playing, chasing each other, and most of all, rolling around and dust bathing. This type of animal behaviour is completely alien to most first-time visitors, many of whom have never seen more than one or two donkeys before, and is both fascinating and humourous. Children of all ages will have a great time here!

At present there is no education room as such, but a small barn can be made available complete with fresh hay bales to sit on by prior arrangement. Depending on the time of day and weather forecast, the cafe or picnic table area can also be used for study purposes.



On-Site Educational Activities

On-site educational activities at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

This section highlights any on-site activities which have educational relevance.

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DONKEY WALKING 30mins
Take a walk with one of our more sedate donkeys! Learn how to approach and comfort the animals then lead them successfully around the paddock.

EQUINE COMPARISON 30mins
Learn to identify the differences between donkeys and ponies at close quarters!

SCAN & MATCH 30mins
Try to identify the mixed-up donkeys by scanning their microchips!

DONKEY GROOMING 30mins
Help the farm staff with their donkey grooming duties!

DONKEY HEALTH 30mins
Learn how to "condition score" a donkey and help the farm staff check the herd!

TREASURE HUNT 30mins
Use the interpretation boards positioned around the sanctuary to answer our list of FAQs!



Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs about Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

This section shows commonly asked questions with comprehensive answers.

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Q: IS THE DONKEY SANCTUARY SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS?
A: Many paths are concrete although the walkways through the paddocks are grass which might cause difficulties after prolonged wet weather. For most of the year however wheelchair users will have no problem navigating the site. There are plenty of handwashing facilities around the site too. There is a disabled loo.

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS ON THE DAY OF THE VISIT?
Sophie Wheeler, Teacher
A: For school visits with hands-on activities planned in advance, the activities will take place indoors in the event of poor weather. Certain activities such as the outdoor "treasure hunt" may need to be substituted for alternatives. There's plenty of choices!

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