Spalding primary school has a cracking good day with Kids Country
Alongside primary schools across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, The Priory School, Spalding, have enjoyed a jam-packed day of learning about the science of eggs, farming poultry and birds within the countryside with Kids Country’s ‘Happy Chicks Day’ events delivered into schools, in partnership with sponsors Central England Co-operative and the Happy Chicks Company.
Lesley Perry, teacher at The Priory School, Spalding, said: “The children all really enjoyed the day, especially making the mini quiches with the donated eggs and being able to take their recipes home. We have hens at school so we have been able to use our newfound knowledge of different chicken breeds to go out and identify our hens. Thank you for a great day of learning and fun!”
Each pack, delivered within Covid-19 guidelines, contained educational videos and resources relating to chicks, chickens and alternative birds as well as physical eggs and an egg-citing competition for schools to enter with the opportunity to win gift vouchers from Co-operative Food!
Kids Country is the educational arm of the East of England Agricultural Society – education manager, Sandra Lauridsen, said: “Our annual Happy Chicks Day is always a really popular event at the East of England Showground, and we’ve been thrilled to bring that same experience to 210 children remotely this year.”
Children at The Priory School make mini quiches
“We would like to say thank you again to the companies who have sponsored and donated produce and their expertise, including the Happy Chicks Company and Central England Co-operative, local poultry farmers, Waitrose Peterborough, Clarence Court Eggs and Kelly Turkeys.”
With a programme of events that usually sees East of England Showground-based Kids Country welcoming thousands of primary school children on to site, the last 12 months has presented a real challenge to deliver as many of these events as possible either remotely in schools or as part of home-schooling, ensuring that children do not miss out on the ‘field to fork’ message that lies at the heart of everything Kids Country delivers. The team have also tried to reach as many new schools as possible by supporting schools’ own topics and projects with bespoke events and resources.
Children at The Priory School with one of their chickens
“We have been really pleased to work with schools to find solutions to learning about food and farming within the National Curriculum, and this is something we are committed to continuing throughout 2021 and further,” continued Sandra. Any schools that are interested in Kids Country supporting their topics should contact Sandra on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kids-country.co.uk