We offer unique educational visits for pre−school, first school and foundation stage to Key Stage 2 and 3 school groups to find out about healthy living, farming, animals and the countryside.

These days out can help you deliver key areas of the curriculum – for example, science, food, citizenship and even design.

Our Animal Park is perfect for close-up animal encounters with rabbits, lambs, alpacas and pigs and we have growing plots where classes can grow their own plants and vegetables. With the farm nearby, we can open a whole world of lambing, milking and farming activities.

Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to enquire about a booking.

Have a school group aged 14-16? Click here to find out about our 14-16 school events.

Key Stage 1 and 2 Educational Sessions

Take a guided walk around the lake and gardens looking out for mini beasts, birds and mammals. children_in_gardens_animal_park_mediumExplore their habitats and why they are living where they are.

Curriculum links- QCA Units:

Science 2B- Plants and animals in the local environment

Science 4B- Habitats

Location – Animal Park, gardens and around the lake

Group size – 20 max

Children will investigate where their food comes from and how it gets from the farm to their plates.children_with_egg_animal_park_medium

Depending on the time of year, children may be able to collect chicken eggs and have a look at different crops growing.

Curriculum links- QCA Units:

Citizenship 02 – Choices

Science 2A – Health and growth

Science 3A- Teeth and eating

This activity starts with a introductory talk on animal needs and our responsibilities towards them. children_with_cows_animal_park_medium

You will then be taken on a guided walk around the Animal Park, meeting the animals and discovering what they eat, where they live and how they are cared for.

There may also be a chance to stroke and feed some of the animals.

Curriculum links- QCA Units:

Citizenship 03- Animals and us

Science 4B- Habitats

Science 5B- Life Cycles

Location – Animal Park

Group size – 15 max

Length of activity – Approx 30 minutes

Children will come and learn about growing their own food and the things plants need to grow. children_growing_plots_animal_park_medium They will be able to get their hands dirty with some gardening, planting fruits and vegetables.

Curriculum links- QCA Units:

Science 1B- Growing plants

Science 3B- Helping plants grow well

Location – Animal Park

Group size – 10 max

Length of activity – Approx 30 minutes

This is a great chance for children to really explore the Animal Park and Gardens, looking at garden_statue_animal_park_mediumdifferent shapes and colours. They will be able to take rubbings from different surfaces and draw around interesting shaped leaves and other items of interest they find along the way.

They will then have fun finding the sculptures in the sculpture search quiz in the gardens and around the outside of the house.

Curriculum links- QCA Units:

Art and Design 2B- Mother Nature, designer

Art and Design 1C- What is sculpture?

Art and Design 4B- Take a seat

Science 1C- Sorting and using materials

Location – Animal Park, gardens and around the lake

Group size – Class up to 30

Length of activity – Approx 30 minutes

This is a lovely time to visit Kingston Maurward and meet the newest arrivals. If you are very lucky lambs_animal_park_mediumyou may even see a lamb being born.

Curriculum links- QCA units:

Science 5B- Life cycles

Citizenship 03- Animals and us

Location – Stinsford Farm (on Kingston Maurward estate, 2 minute walk from Animal Park)

Group size – 20 max

Length of activity – Approx 30 minutes

Please note, this is a March only activity.

We take you on a guided walk around Stinsford Farm and the surrounding countryside, teaching the children how to safely enjoy the environment and pointing out the possible dangers.countryside_code_logo_college_medium

We will look at farm animals and wildlife, walking through farm land, farm machinery, barns and other dangerous places on a farm, the Countryside Code and the weather.

Curriculum links – QCA Units:

Citizenship 04 – People who help us – the local police

Citizenship 08 – How do rules and laws affect me?

Citizenship 09 – respect for property

Science 2B – Plants and animals in the local environment

Location – Stinsford Farm and nearby fields and footpaths

Pupils will be taken on a walk up to the cow sheds and dairy to learn about dairy farming and milk. close_up_dairy_cow_animal_park_mediumThis is a great opportunity to get close to the cows and learn about the dairy process.

Curriculum links- QCA units:

Citizenship 03- Animals and us

Science 2A- Health and growth

Science 3A- Teeth and eating

Location – Higher Dairy, 10-15 minute walk from Animal Park

Schools are welcome to visit the Animal Park and Gardens to carry out their own activities and children_with_donkey_animal_park_mediumstudies. Nature trails and quizzes are available on request. If you would like some information and help when booking your independent visit, please fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Key Stage 3 Taster Days

Come to College and get some specialist career information and advice before you make your Key Stage 4 choices.

Sessions are arranged with Dorset schools during the summer term of Year 8 and the autumn term of Year 9.

Specialists from each of our Academies are available to visit your school to offer some ‘hands-on’ sessions to tutor groups and assemblies.

Talk to your school now and spend a fun and informative taster day here at KMC!

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Entry Charges

Schools– £4 per child, teachers/helpers free

Nursery/pre-school – Children 3 and under free, teachers/carers £4

The entry charge includes access to the Animal Park and Gardens and one educational session. The sessions usually last for around 30 minutes, leaving the rest of the day free to explore the gardens, walk around the lake, complete the nature trail, meet the animals in the Animal Park and play in the play area.

Additional educational sessions are £1 per child per session.

Plenty of FREE on-site parking!

Booking Enquiry

For further details or to book a school visit, please contact our Education Officer using the contact form below.

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Testimonials

We all had a really good day. We will come back again

Weymouth pre-school

It was very helpful having Gill to meet us and organise our visit.

Dorchester playgroup

An excellent visit. Very friendly staff – great with children. Thank you.

Weymouth primary school

We had a fantastic time and learned lots. It was great seeing the lambs being born too! Thanks for a lovely day.

Reception class Blandford

We absolutely loved the day.

Primary school, Wareham

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