Experiencing life on the farm

Pocklington Infant School pupils during their visit to Uncleby Education Centre.
Pocklington Infant School pupils during their visit to Uncleby Education Centre.

Children from Pocklington Infant School learned about our countryside and what is involved in farm work during a recent visit to Uncleby Education Centre.

Under the leadership of farmer Mike and Mrs Wray, who also teaches at the school, every child enjoyed a day’s visit with activities tailored to the needs of their age group.

Exploring the wildlife on offer at the Uncleby centre.

Exploring the wildlife on offer at the Uncleby centre.

The children took part in a walk through the farmyard led by farmer Mike, with Key Stage One also walking across the fields and along the dale.

They were very interested in the farm machinery, farm animals and wildlife they saw along the way.

Some were lucky enough to see farmer Geoff ploughing a field and others enjoyed learning about badger setts and seeing their first natural spring.

All the children were surprised by the steepness of the hill they had to climb to get back, having not noticed it on the way down! One child arrived back and announced that she had “climbed a mountain!”

Some of the schools children helped decorate All Saints Church.

Some of the schools children helped decorate All Saints Church.

In the beautifully-designed Education Centre, Mrs Wray led different activities for each year group, ranging from baking biscuits and apple crumble to looking at food and its origins “From Farm to Fork”. Key Stage One children took part in other activities such as pressing apples to make juice, making models from apples, planting seeds and story-telling. The children all enjoyed their day and came back with a greater awareness of country life and a healthy dose of fresh air.

Meanwhile, children from Pocklington Infant School helped decorate All Saints’ Church ready for the Church and School Harvest Festival services recently.

With the help of some members of staff they took harvest artwork and fruits and vegetables from the school garden to arrange in a display for the church entrance.

The pupils pose in front of the display of harvest artwork and produce.

The pupils pose in front of the display of harvest artwork and produce.