We have had a fabulous day out at Church Farm, Ardeley, learning how to be farmers for the day. After a safety brief, we toured the farm, seeing the animals and feeding them along the way. The children were fascinated by the bull, cow and calf. The pigs played up for us, chasing each other around and burying their noses in mud; they looked like they were having lots of fun. We saw alpacas, goats and rabbits; one was so big already but was only 6months old and still growing! The favourites were Snowball and Lily, both white rabbits. The goats nearly nibbled some of our high viz jackets and we saw chicks of different ages and stages.
The children took part in two activities during our day. One was supporting the horticultural side of the farm. We planted beans, making two holes with our fingers, popping in the seeds and then watering carefully before placing inside the polytunnel. On the way back to base, we walked through another polytunnel which was a narrow passage of green beans growing. One of the children even spotted a caterpillar among the leaves. The stems towered over us making us feel as if we were part of Jack's beanstalk!
Our next activity was to collect the eggs from the chickens. As we walked into the field, the chickens definitely seemed to know that our visit had something to do with food. They completely surrounded us. Some children were understandably nervous, others hugely excited but they got on with the task at hand and had so much fun. Some children were shown how to pick them up, respecting also that they don't want to be held for long. We collected so many eggs from the laying houses; some were significantly larger than others. The children carefully placed the eggs in boxes, ready for them to be sorted then sold at the farm shop.
We have had an absolutely fabulous day with so much laughter. The children have fully and enthusiastically engaged in these mostly new experiences. They behaved impeccably, saying hello, goodbye and thank you to our farmers and Chris, our coach driver. They have been nothing short of great ambassadors for Newport school. We are hugely proud of them. Take a look at our gallery to see what fun we've had.