We have secured a small amount of funding to house chickens and bees on our primary school site from spring 2020. We chose to have these animals to start with, to teach the children: Where their food comes from How to harvest produce from farm animals Enhance their caring nature Health checking animals There is a beautiful by-product; the children will benefit greatly from the calm, non judgemental interaction that they cannot always gain from humans. We want to grow this feeling that is highly needed after C19 We would like to increase the range of animals now: goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, pigs and ducks. We feel that by increasing the animal range, access and experience, the children will be able to grow in the following ways: Socially Confidence Develop a caring and respectful nature This will give a sparkle to their young lives-what an opportunity! Since C19 these skills, morals and life experiences will have been missing, there is an even greater need now for children.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We are seeing an increasing number of children entering their school lives with social, emotional and behavioural issues. Our school has already dedicated several actions to try and support them and to dissolve the pressures faced. We always belive in doing more for our children. For these children in particular, we can offer them an addition to curricular learning that is calm, peaceful, non-judgemental and rewarding. For all childrens wellbeing, especially after their long absence from school, having animals by your side, stroking them is proven to provide a calming influence. Pets are used as therapy accross the world, by stroking them and growing a relationship with them. Understanding where our food comes from. Our original reasons for doing this are strengthened by having a wider range of animals to observe, monitor, health check, and gleen produce from. I plan to educated the children on where the food comes from, using physical examples infront of us. Pure enjoyment
Steps to get it done:
I am seeking advice from proffeessional bodies, visited a local community farm, having a site visit from the president of the young farmers association who will all be able to guide me as to what we can and cant have legally according to animal welfare rights and DEFRA. All risk assessments will be completed and shared with all staff. Parent helpers and the community will be invited to assist. All of the animals will endure the best care and supervision. Anything less than that and i will not house the animals in such a condition.
About the space
Kent County Council