Sandon Community Farm is a unique resource at Sandon Primary Academy that is used daily by our teachers, children and the local community. Its primary function is to teach children about animals, their well-being and how to care for them. This is done by implementing this knowledge into exciting lessons that link with maths, literacy, science and throughout the national curriculum in unique ways. These sessions also help children to develop their social, emotional and mental health.
Children also develop other skills along the way such as in the farm allotment were the children grow their own fruit and vegetables and learn gardening skills. The food the children grow is then used in our Food From The Farm sessions in which the children learn where food comes from, what is healthy to eat and how to cook basic meals, bake bread and much more.
Mr Kiddle and the children oversee the day to day running of the farm, which is home to a wide range of animals, from miniature Mediterranean donkeys, rare breed pigs, pygmy goats, a variety of chicken and duck breeds, dwarf rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, turkeys and terrapins.
A new addition to our farm is the Sensory garden which was built using grant money awarded to the farm from Tesco bags of help. The garden encompass senses such as smell, taste, sound and touch and adds another dimension to the resources we offer on the farm.
The farm is also home to lots of native wildlife, with a wildlife pond, bird feeders and bird houses, wild flowers, bug hotels, log piles, compost heaps, hedgehog houses and pollinating insect attracting plants.