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PHOTO GALLERY: A day on the farm enjoyed in the classroom for children at Fleet Wood Lane Primary

Youngsters at Fleet Wood Lane Primary School had a fascinating insight into farming when staff from Worth Farms in Holbeach Marsh paid a visit.

Farm manager Simon Day and his team visited children at the school, in Fleet, from reception class up to years five and six - and even brought in a tractor for them to see.

"We are a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) farm and take part in Open Farm Sunday," explained Simon. "I'm also a member of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and education is a big thing.

Learning all about farming - thanks to a visit from Worth Farms in Holbeach Marsh. (7579917)
Learning all about farming - thanks to a visit from Worth Farms in Holbeach Marsh. (7579917)

"A couple of years ago we visited some of the schools in the area and this time visited Fleet Wood Lane again - taking in the tractor and some crops.

"We also took in some tools and explained how they are used, and some potatoes as you'd find them in the supermarket.

"The younger children looked around the tractor and had a guess at how much it weighed (15 tonnes) and the cost. The older children asked about its GPS and implements.

"In the afternoon, we talked about the 'Dig for Victory' World War II campaign with the older classes. I did a presentation about farming now and farming then and how crops used to be grown. We also talked about how technology has changed."

Reception class teacher, Marco Ardito, said: "The children had a fantastic day and they learned about the different machinery used over the years.

The Elephants class (years five and six) are learning about World War II and how they used to store and grow the crops. They also learned about how farming has developed, in using less labour now.

"They are writing letters to the farm to say how much they enjoyed the visit. The children are also now having a potato growing competition."


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