By Mr Coke In Announcements, News, Parents Welbourne Primary was visited by a local working farm this week. 174 children in Nursery and Reception classes had an opportunity to meet lambs, cows, rabbits, ducks and chickens on site. Farm animals are a perennial favourite with young children, and all classes are currently studying animals as their topic. Every child had a chance to interact with the animals including learning how to approach and feed the animals safely. The Department of Education recommends “giving children a range of experiences of in the Early Years setting”. Their learning here underpinned the value of increasing their knowledge and understanding of the world. Farmer Liam spoke to the children, teaching them that owners have a responsibility to meet the needs of their animals and to keep them happy and healthy. The children discovered how farm animals are looked after, the food they produce and the importance of a healthy diet. Head Teacher Ms. Duggal said “This visit has helped provide a broad, balanced and rich education to our children. I believe that young children develop and learn best through first hand experiences, and we are pleased to be able to offer our children such an exciting event. The opportunity to feed the animals contextualised their learning experience. You can see by the looks on their faces this is something that they would not normally encounter in their urban lives. These activities provided our children with a direct connection to the animals and plants that provide their food, with engaging and inspiring results. They will talk about this event for a long time to come” To discuss this or some of the other exciting initiatives we are undertaking at our school please contact Anita Keogh School Business Manager on 0208 808 0427.