We recently took a group of children from Y1 to visit Muchchute Park and Farm. This is a wonderful 32 acre site on the Isle of Dogs, just a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf. The farm is one of the largest inner city farms anywhere in Europe. They have rare breeds, horses, ponies, sheep and fowl and care for over 100 animals currently!
Going to the farm was a lovely experience for the children. We could see that they gained an appreciation of nature and our world around us. It was great to see the children bonding with each other and to see their confidence build.
The children really enjoyed feeding the animals and were amazed at the size of some of them, such as the huge pig and the cow with the super long tongue! They also got to feed the “Three Billy Goats Gruff”, and played in the playground on the swings.
On our journey home, we got caught in the rain but that didn’t dampen their spirits as we splashed in the puddles in our wellies.
On the return DLR, the children pretended to ‘drive’ the train and did a lovely role play of using the PA system to ask all the passengers to ‘please sit down, the train is about to depart’!
When we arrived back at school all children were bursting at the seams to tell their classes about what they had seen and done. All in all very enjoyable group trip!
Kirah – “I liked feeding the goats”
Layla – “My favourite part was when the big cow licked Miss Ritchie with his big long tongue”
Abu – “It was fun feeding the goats”