On Wednesday 20th September three of our new Year 7 students took part in Farm School at the farm of Mrs Rogers near Botley. The first task was to walk some of the dogs, springer spaniels. Whilst on the walk the students checked some of the devices left by the ecology surveyors, for smooth snakes and dormice. Unfortunately they were all empty! This was much to the relief of Mrs Robertson – who is not a fan of snakes!
After the dog walk, followed some sweeping up of acorns which are falling from the oak trees at the moment and are very dangerous to horses if they eat them (and to Mrs Rogers – who is thinking of starting a new Olympic sport of figure skating on acorns!) Grooming and mucking out the lovely Victor (a big, gentle Irish draught horse) followed even the most nervous students managed to get up close to him. Some could not resist a cuddle.
Collecting eggs and getting to touch Clara Cluck one of the chickens was also a highlight. Everyone got an egg they had collected to take home to cook! Although one of the older children did tell one student that if they buried it in the ground it would grow an egg plant – so watch this space for further developments!
Following the visit it is really important that hands are washed thoroughly so it is in to the house for scrubbing and disinfection before a drink and snack and the real excitement of the trip – being allowed to use the ice and water machine on the fridge! A great morning was had by all and the behaviour was amazing!