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Outdoor Learning Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-3pm 

Bale's farm outdoor learning

About the Farm

Bale’s Farm offers a therapeutic outdoor learning provision for young people between the ages of 5 and 19 with the aim to   

re-engage and re-inspire them with learning. We particularly identify those young people who are currently unable to attend school, have no school placement and either have an EOTAS package and AP's are in place alongside tuition, are on a re-integration package to a new provision or whose current placement is not working out and they come to us for some SEMH support alongside attending their current placement. 


The provision is based at a smallholding in Daccombe, where we have a range of indoor and outdoor spaces to use and there are a variety of animals including pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs. Bale's Farm is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am until 3pm. 

All the young people will be working at their own ability and we will be focussing on having small groups of children to encourage and enable social interaction.

Our ethos is to provide a safe, calming and welcoming environment to help young people realise and reach their full potential. 

The practical nature of the programme also puts core subjects into context; maths and science become useful to the activities and the results are tangible. The farm will also provide an opportunity to learn practical life skills, develop independence whilst teaching the importance of responsibility. Our young people will also be given the chance to undertake a range of ASDAN qualifications in (including but not limited to) - gardening, personal life skills and animal care and welfare. 


In our allotment area the children can engage in land work, learning and understanding the process of growing their own fruit and veg. The children will also have the opportunity on a daily basis to feed the animals, take them for walks, cuddle with them and learn all about them – their diet, their habitat, how they grow etc. 

There will be elements of traditional Forest School too, we will be using the land that we are based on to go on nature walks, build dens, go stream/pond dipping, cooking on a campfire and learning about how to conserve the environment.

Young people will also be able to take part in a variety of nature inspired crafts, ideas, experiments and games.


Many of these activities will aid the foundation blocks for reinforcing the need to share, providing a sense of fairness, encouraging giving and receiving and engaging in positive social interactions. 


Our team (including a teacher with 17 years’ SEN experience) are well versed in a variety of communication methods including Makaton and PECS as well as using visual aids and gestures to support the spoken word, we will ensure we offer the appropriate support to each individual.


Also in our team we have our incredible assistance dogs - Bale, Grace, Arthur, Mango and Peach on hand all the time to provide that bit of canine companionship and animal assisted therapy.


“I couldn't recommend Bale's Farm highly enough. They have been amazing in supporting my child (and myself) and totally 'get it'! It's everything from being met in the car park - only approached once my child is ready, which massively helps with the transition. She is also supported to the car at home time, reducing anxiety once again. For the first time educationally, she has been consistently happy. She is engaging, learning, growing in confidence, and we have our little girl back! Communication is brilliant, and I know that when I leave her at Bale's Farm, she is safe, nurtured, and happy."

Clare - Parent 

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Bale's Farm - outdoor learning
Bale's Farm - outdoor learning
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