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Holbeach primary school welcomes two ewe starters

Meet the ewe starters at a Holbeach primary school who wool definitely become class favourites.

Staff and pupils at Holbeach Primary Academy have welcomed two Texal/Dorset cross lambs to the flock.

Youngsters will be helping to care for the two lambs along with the school’s existing ducks and chickens as part of its outdoor learning programme.

Two Texal dorset cross lambs are the new additions at Holbeach Primary Academy (42449684)
Two Texal dorset cross lambs are the new additions at Holbeach Primary Academy (42449684)

Executive Principal Sue Boor said the school is looking to expand its small animal farm and that the new arrivals have interested pupils.

She said: “The children have been fascinated by the two lambs.

“They have not been in with the lambs yet but they have been looking at them through the fence. Once they are settled in the children will have contact with them. They will look after them and feed them.

“Outdoor learning is very important, especially at the moment, but we have always had a strong focus on this.”

The origins of the school’s farm started three years ago when youngsters in the early years section were able to hatch chickens.

The school was later able to rehome some chickens along with adding ducklings to their farm.

Mrs Boor said: “The children are responsible for caring for the chickens and the ducks. They collect the eggs and learn about them.”

The school’s finance manager, Elaine Menzies, offered the school a couple of lambs from her family’s flock.

The duo, who are yet to be named by the pupils, arrived at the Boston Road South school site on Monday last week.

Mrs Boor said: “They have been an instant success with the children.

“Another parent has offered to come in and show the children how to shear the sheep next year.

“We are trying to build up our animal farm and we are hoping to expand it. We are hoping to have guinea pigs soon and member of staff has also brought in their dog.

“It really does develop what we want to do in our grounds.

“We already take part in Holbeach in Bloom with raise beds where we grow crops.”

The school has made a number of changes since pupils and teachers returned in September.

Youngsters are sat in rows in their classrooms and teachers are using outdoor learning as much as possible.

Mrs Boor said: “Wherever we can we taking the lessons outside.

“We have had maths outside such as measuring the permieter of the playing field.

“We are also taking English outdoors as well.”

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