All the students at Churchward School access the Uplands Enterprise Trust (UET) Farm provision which is based in Leigh, a few miles outside of Swindon. It offers young people the chance to engage and interact with livestock and learn life skills in health and safety, environmental care, life processes and horticulture.
The farm provision offers a variety of activities for young people with special educational needs including complex learning difficulties. Young people have the opportunity to interact with their peers and the staff while taking part in practical hands-on experiences. The farm is fully accessible including the polytunnel which has wheelchair height planters and allows all users to benefit from the facilities.
The Farm has a great and growing family of animals from rabbits, guinea pigs, geese, ducks, bantams and chickens and George the pony. Students partake in grooming, feeding and caring for the animals. Farm dogs Daisy, Lucky, mother and daughter Ruby and Rosie ensure that everyone gets a friendly welcome.
Students from Churchward School access the farm to learn about small animal care and horticulture developing their skills whilst working towards their EHCP outcomes.
The UET Farm provision benefits the learners in a variety of ways depending on the needs of the individuals through:
- Responsibility gained from all aspects of animal care
- Feeling a sense of pride through nurturing produce that they are then able to use in their own cooking
- Enhances learning outside of the classroom environment, creating a diverse learning experience
- Freedom to enjoy a sense of space in a safe and secure environment
- Gaining meaningful qualifications such as BTEC in Work Skills
- Learn work-related skills such as basic animal care, using farming equipment safely and workshop skills