Agriculture on timetable as school opens farm for pupils

Robert Bruce Middle School pupils meet a rabbit
Robert Bruce Middle School pupils meet a rabbit

Farming and caring for animals is on the cirriculum at Robert Bruce Middle School as its new outdoor classroom opens for business.

The Bedford school launched its Mucky Duck Farm, equipped with produce and 26 animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, micro pigs, goats, ferrets, chickens and ducks, with a visit from Dean Adamson and Pat Tapley of the Bedford Blues rugby team.

Dean Adamson and Pat Tapley of the Bedford Blues

Dean Adamson and Pat Tapley of the Bedford Blues

All of the school’s 350 pupils will be involved with the farm, and, with supervision by the adults, will take full ownership of the project, working to become ‘farming experts’ as part of their school day.

In addition there will also be a farm shop run as an enterprise by the children, in a bid to teach business acumen, enterprise skills and greater understanding of food provenance.

The school bought in the Challenger Trust to help set up the farm. Founder Charlie Rigby said: “The farm opening is an exciting moment for the school and an initiative which we hope will fully engage the children and allow them to learn a variety of character skills in a fun and engaging way.

“We feel working over a long period on the Mucky Duck Farm will provide great incentives for the children and help supplement the work done inside the classroom.”

Robert Bruce Middle School headteacher Karen Parker

Robert Bruce Middle School headteacher Karen Parker

Pupils say hello to a farm goat

Pupils say hello to a farm goat