Edwalton Primary School is the only school in England with a working farm and a 3 acre wood attached to the school grounds. The farm began in 1972 with a collection of small rabbits and hens. The animal club was formed and every Thursday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm sees groups of both children and adults involved. The established menagerie of goats, sheep, Kune-kune pigs, hens, rabbits and guinea pigs are all watered, fed and cleaned out by everyone for the week ahead.
Every morning and afternoon, a rota of Year 5 and Year 6 children continue to care for the animals, making sure they have food, water and clean bedding. This continues over the weekends and throughout the holidays with a rota of family volunteers - even on Christmas Day!
Children from Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 are rewarded each Friday with a 'Golden Time' session when they spend time collecting eggs, feeding and caring for the animals and putting them to bed for the weekend.
At different times of the year children engage in horticultural activities such as planting spring and summer bulbs, clearing weeds, decorating tubs and tending garden plots. See our Food Share page, too!
We often host visitors to our School Farm, some of which have been Nottingham Trent University students who came to learn about how we integrate sustainability, environmental awareness, our gardens and farm animals into the curriculum.
One student said:
"I was amazed by Edwalton. I have seen some schools with outdoor resources before but have not encountered one with the amazing animals and grounds like Edwalton has. I was really impressed by the ethos that followed these resources. I can only imagine the fantastic learning that arises from this."