On Friday 28th April Drapers’ Maylands Primary School welcomed a visit from Wellgate Community Farm for a fun and educational afternoon with a difference. For over two hours excited pupils got the chance to meet and learn about rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, chicks and even a goat, all from the comfort and safety of their own school grounds.
For many pupils it was their first memorable chance to get up close and personal with many of the animals, taking the opportunity to stroke, hold and even feed many of them.
Pupil Maya Urrahman said of getting to feed Paige the Goat, “It tickled when I was feeding her."
Drapers’ Maylands Primary School is always keen to explore new ways of broadening the experiences of their pupils, offering them new and exciting learning opportunities outside of the classroom. A proud supporter and practitioner of Forest School education and learning outside the classroom, they firmly believe hands on education is an essential part of a child’s development to build independence and self-esteem.
Principal Trudy Spillane
said of the visit, “The children had such a marvellous time learning about the animals and having a hands- on experience as part of their school day. The Wellgate Community Farm helpers were professional and so efficient. I would definitely recommend them and will be using them again next year. Learning outside is so important for all children and something we strive to do as much as possible at Drapers’ Maylands."