School farm visit was a mooving experience

Witchampton CE First School visit to Launceston Farm.

Witchampton CE First School visit to Launceston Farm.

Children and staff from a Dorset school enjoyed a day out mucking in on a local farm.

One of Dorset’s smallest schools, Witchampton CE First School, took every single member of staff and every pupil to enjoy a day out at Launceston Farm, Tarrant Launceston.

The event, which gave the youngsters a real insight into the countryside and environment, was made possible thanks to the farm owners who are also parents of children who go to the school.

Witchampton CE First School visit to Launceston Farm.

Witchampton CE First School visit to Launceston Farm.

Head of school, Cathie Bolton, said: “Being such a small school gives us the advantage of being able to take every member of staff and all our pupils to enjoy a wonderful day out like this.

“We are very grateful to the parents who invited us to their working farm so we could learn about the rural environment we live in.”

During their visit the children engaged in a variety of activities including making novelty-shaped bread using wheat and sweeping the meadows to find insects to learn how important they are to the farm’s ecology.

A highlight of the visit for the Wimborne Academy Trust school was a cow safari which saw them ride around the farm on a tractor to learn about its cattle.

Witchampton CE First School visit to Launceston Farm.

Witchampton CE First School visit to Launceston Farm.

And any visit to a farm this time of year wouldn’t be complete without meeting and petting the lambs.

CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “What a wonderful opportunity for all our children and staff at Witchampton.

“Being a rural school it’s essential that the children learn about the environment they live in and how the countryside plays an important role in supporting society and the economy.

“Experiencing a day on a farm gave them all valuable lessons outside the classroom.”

 

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