Day tractor visited Spalding school

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Youngsters at Spalding Primary School had the biggest ever road safety lesson.

A shiny new £125,000 John Deere tractor was taken into school for what turned out to be a memorable lesson.

The Road Safety Week initiative was organised by Kids Country – the education arm of the Peterborough-based East of England Agricultural Society. Its fun sessions deliver important, potentially life-saving messages to children.

Around 200 pupils got up close to the tractor, thanks to Zoe Spencer and Andy Webb of the Doubleday Group, which has sites in Holbeach St Johns and Swineshead.

Back in the classroom they took part in activities organised by Kids Country’s education manager 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.

She said: “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.

“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.”