Our Pashley Farm is a fun, exciting place for children and it also has real education value. The farm is often used to enhance and enrich a variety of traditional academic lessons including Maths, English and Science. Observing and caring for animals instills a sense of responsibility, compassion, empathy and respect for all living things. Pets can bring increased sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and needs of others – both animals and humans. A child’s physical and cognitive, social and emotional development can all be encouraged by interaction with animals.
On our farm in Cluckingham Palace we have 5 different coloured hens. The children have named them Bluebell, Buttercup, Snowdrop, Primrose and Spotty. Last year we incubated 4 duck eggs and were lucky enough to observe them growing from ducklings to ducks. They live in the Quack Shack next to the hens and their names are Sapphire, Ruby, Pearl and Diamond.
The children especially enjoy feeding them corn, collecting the eggs and letting them out for their daily exercise in the Enchanted Garden.
Snuggled in Carrot Cottage we have 2 rabbits named Floppy and Pumpkin and 4 guinea pigs called Jellybean, Autumn, Cookie and Patch.