Pupils get a taste of life on the farm

Watercliffe Meadow pupils at Whirlow Hall Farm
Watercliffe Meadow pupils at Whirlow Hall Farm

Children from Watercliffe Meadow School enjoyed a two night stay at Whirlow Hall Farm, thanks to sponsorship from the Sheffield office of leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton.

Twelve of the school’s Year 2 pupils spent three days learning about all aspects of life on the farm, talking about the environment, the animals on the farm and how food is produced.

Emma Quail, a Senior Manager at Grant Thornton, spent one afternoon with the children. She said: “We spent the afternoon learning all about the importance of farming and carrying out the everyday tasks, and it was certainly a great experience for everyone.

“Some of the children have never been to the countryside before, let alone visited a working farm, so they really enjoyed feeding the guinea pigs and goats and particularly the chance to ride Bracken, one of the farm’s ponies.”

Grant Thornton’s sponsorship of the school is part of their involvement in the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust 480 scheme, which allows children from local schools to visit the farm – which has been run as a charitable trust since 1979.

Whirlow is an educational working farm which offers children the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities directly linked to the national curriculum. Each year around 10,000 children visit the farm and the scheme sees local businesses donate £480 a year to fund school visits to the farm, with a particular focus on schools from disadvantaged areas of the city and those with special educational needs.