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Sheep to Woolly Jumper

Learning Objectives

Most pupils will:

  • Use their senses to experience a new environment
  • Learn safely in a new environment;
  • Use natural objects and materials
  • Understand the difference between natural and man made materials
  • Develop understanding of colour line, texture, shape, pattern and form
  • Work collaboratively out of doors
  • Understand how life cycles are linked to the seasons

Some pupils will also have the opportunity to:

  • Visit a working farm at lambing time
  • Improve observational skills
  • Gain an appreciation of the environment and understand their role in caring for it and its occupants
  • Visit a working farm at lambing time
  • Review what they and others have done

Key words/phrases

KS2: reproduce, offspring, adoption, orphan, acid, separate, curdle, scanning,

Curriculum links

KS2: Science

  • Sc1 Scientific Enquiry a
  • Sc2 Life processes and Living things 1a,c; 2b,e
  • Sc3 Materials and their properties 2 f, 3c


  • Exploring and developing ideas 1a,b,c
  • Investigating art, craft, design 2a,c
  • Evaluating an developing their work 3a
  • Knowledge and understanding 4a, b
  • Breadth of study 5a


  • Working with tools, equipment, materials and components 2c,f
  • Knowledge and understanding of materials and components 4a
  • Breadth of study 5c


On arrival a member of OEE Team staff will welcome your group to the Centre and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues.

½ Day Course Programme

Classes will then separate and sessions A and B will be interchangeable am and pm with session A generally led by the centre teacher.

Session A

Can only be led by centre teacher.

Health and Safety talk and intro to lambing day (10 mins)
Quick snack (milk/fruit) and toileting (10-15 mins)
Walk to Home Farm (5 mins)
Visit ewe, nursery and bonding pens (15 mins)
Wool/fleece demonstration (10 mins)
Walk to toilets for hand washing (10 mins)
Cheese making activity (40 mins)
Cheese tasting time permitting (food tasting permission slip required) (10 mins)
Clear away/wash up for lunch (10 mins)

Session B

Usually led by visiting teachers

Health and Safety talk required for first group of the day(5 mins)
Quick snack (milk/fruit) (5-10 mins)
Collect resources walk to hall and gardens area (10 mins)
At log circle give out artist palettes (see Art in the Environment planning sheets) and give intro to activity (5-10 mins)
Walk round hall and garden complete artist palette (25 mins)
Return to Home farm Classroom (wash hands on route) (10 mins)
Complete woolly book marks using resources provided (25 mins)
Clear away for lunch (5 mins)

Detailed activity sheets of both the above activities can be found in the new Sheep to Woolly Jumper Curriculum Material. Copies available at the centre.


After Cheese making the group will reflect on their half day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met (5 mins).

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Wellingtons must be worn by all children for the farm

Equipment supplied

All resources for this day are provided by the centre. Wellingtons are available for those children not wearing them.

Equipment needed from school

Trays to place all artist palettes in to carry back to school.

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions