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ISLE OF WIGHT DONKEY SANCTUARY


EVERYTHING A TEACHER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT ISLE OF WIGHT DONKEY SANCTUARY

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ISLE OF WIGHT DONKEY SANCTUARY, Wroxall


"Donkey Heaven since 1987!"

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A registered charity providing a secure, peaceful and happy home for around 90 donkeys, 12 horses and a herd of Shetland ponies, which have been neglected, abandoned or are in need of lifetime care.

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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.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE

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REMEMBER: Our resources are included FREE of charge when booking your trip via Education Destination!

Educational Resources available at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Our qualified and experienced teachers have worked closely with Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary to develop a range of high quality curriculum-relevant learning resources and activities to help you and your students get the most out of a visit. These cover many subjects and age groups, and are a mix of pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities to support your preferred teaching style.

To find suitable resources, first select the appropriate Key Stage and then scroll down to your subject below.

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SITE ACCESSIBILITY


The following information is not intended to form a comprehensive access statement; it is provided to highlight particular areas of concern for disabled visitors. We do not warrant that this information is fit for purpose or accurate. Education Destination will happily assist with gathering information in respect of particular concerns, or help you arrange an inspection visit.

To help you determine whether Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is suitable for your particular students, we've summarised any accessibility issues for you in the section below.

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The Sanctuary

Assistance dogs allowedAssistance dogs allowed

Level access throughout with good wheelchair access. Some walkways are grassed and therefore may be a little bumpy in places, and can be muddy following bad weather. Wheelchair users should have no problem negotiating the walkways if accompanied. The courtyard, main picnic area and barns are tarmac or concrete.

Handwashing facilities are available.



SCHEDULING YOUR VISIT


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Opening Dates, Times and Restrictions

Many Island venues and attractions, especially those outdoors, have limitations on opening times during the year. Additionally, some have limits on the number of group tours on any given date for safety and capacity reasons.

This section helps you identify whether Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has any such restrictions during your preferred visit dates.

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A typical visit with on-site educational resources takes around 4 hours.

There are sufficient educational activities available to turn this into a whole-day trip, covering a wide range of topics and including some "hands-on" time with the animals.

Open February - November. Visits outside these times can be arranged.


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?
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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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Why not visit Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary on a day trip?

The Isle of Wight can be reached in as little as 12 minutes! If you're located close to the south coast then a day trip is easily achievable...

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary features in the following day trip:

Donkey Day Out!

Donkey Day Out! from £9.50pp inc. ferry
A fascinating insight into the world of donkeys, ideal for KS1 up to KS3. Get up close with these gentle and lovable creatures.


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS


Helping you come prepared!

In this section we've highlighted any special clothing or equipment you'll need to bring in order to get the most out of a visit to Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

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During or following wet weather we recommend sturdy footwear as it can get a little muddy in places

Most of the attraction is outdoors, so in poor weather you need to consider appropriate clothing or protection. Unlike horses, donkeys are not "waterproof" so in prolonged spells of wet weather most of them will be moved indoors or into shelters - but you'll still be able to get up close.

Anti-bacterial handwashing gel should be carried. Whilst the sanctuary has plenty of handwashing and gelling points for whilst you are on-site, it's almost inevitable that you're going to need some once you have left the venue.


SITE SPECIFIC DOCUMENTATION


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All of the supporting documentation you'll need

One of the most common issues faced by teachers when planning trips is ensuring that all of the relevant paperwork is in place, and that the lead teacher and their assistants are fully briefed about each venue before they arrive.

Our experienced teachers have done most of this work for you. In this section you'll find a sample Risk Assessment covering all of the typical activities undertaken at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary by groups of students, along with a detailed "On The Day" Procedure which sets out everything you need to know about the site before you get there.

If there are any other mandatory considerations, such as HSE advice sheets for animal attractions or outdoor activity centres, you'll also find these below.

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Venue overview for Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
VENUE OVERVIEW - FOR TEACHERS

A brief overview of Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary prepared especially for teachers.

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Generic risk assessment for Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
GENERIC RISK ASSESSMENT

For your convenience this generic risk assessment has been prepared to cover all of the typical activities undertaken at Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. You may use it as the basis for your own documentation. We do not warrant that this is either complete or accurate, and would be happy to help arrange a site pre-visit if required.

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On the day procedure for Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
ON-THE-DAY PROCEDURE

Our handy guide to distribute to your adult supervisors just before arrival. This essential document sets out in summary form everything you need to know about the venue, from a useful site navigation map to the locations of toilets and first aid boxes, lost child procedures, special clothing or equipment requirements etc.

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Special Health & Safety Considerations for Animal Attractions

As this is an animal attraction, you should pay particular attention to the risks of infection transfer. All of our animal venues comply with HSE and DEFRA control measures, guidelines and recommendations. The following documents form part of your risk assessment and briefings to students.

Advice to teachers

Code of Practice (summary)


Facilities Overview

This is an outdoor venue - a farm. There is limited shelter in case of wet weather. If it's just a shower, head for the barns or the coffee/gift shop!
There is a cafe on site serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals. There are plenty of picnic tables for eating a packed lunch.
There are picnic benches and seats dotted around the venue, which isn't very large.
Tour leaders are responsible for first aid.
There are toilet facilities available in the main courtyard.
Phone reception is generally good. No WiFi.

GROUP LEADER FEEDBACK


Verified feedback from previous group visits...

Roxanne Dee, Head of Travel & Tourism | 13/10/2016 | 17 x KS4
Lorraine Webb, KS2 SEND Teacher | 07/05/2015 | 12 x Upper KS2
Sophie Wheeler, KS1 Teacher | 05/11/2015 | 62 x KS1
Amy King, KS2 Teacher | 15/10/2015 | 26 x Lower KS2


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LOCATION

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is located at:

Lower Winstone Farm
St Johns Road
Wroxall
PO38 3AA


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