Spalding Primary School children were taught a memorable lesson in road and farm safety this week, with the help of a shiny new £125,000 John Deere tractor.
The Road Safety Week initiative was organised by Kids Country – the education arm of the Peterborough-based East of England Agricultural Society.
Around 200 pupils were introduced to the tractor by Zoe Spencer and Andy Webb of Fenland’s Doubleday Group. Back in the classroom they took part in activities organised by Kids Country’s Sandra Lauridsen and Jo Baker, which reinforced vital road and farm safety messages.
Assistant head teacher Rebecca Leighton described the visit as a “fantastic experience” for the children.
“They were amazed. Being able to get up close to a tractor and realising just how big it is was a real ‘wow’ moment for them. It underlined the message of how a tractor driver would not be able to see them if they were near it,” said Mrs Leighton. “There was a high degree of engagement by the children – which continued inside with an interactive session on the dangers posed by farm machinery of various types.”
Sandra Lauridsen, Kids Country’s Education Manager said: “We are always happy to help local schools with delivering important, potentially life-saving messages to their students. We understand the importance of this campaign, and our interactive and fun inclusion in the school’s programme is another example of the excellent hands-on events we deliver.”
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your visit to our school. Your pre-visit support was brilliant, you had so many ideas which met the brief.
The children absolutely loved seeing the tractor in real life and discussing the other types of farm machinery with you and Jo. You clearly shared the Road Safety message with the children in a fun and interactive way which was age appropriate for our youngest children. We can’t wait to visit in the summer!