Borders pupils get a taste for farming

RHET Scottish Borders has launched its new Countryside Classroom on Wheels (CCOW).
RHET Scottish Borders has launched its new Countryside Classroom on Wheels (CCOW).
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Local charity RHET Scottish Borders launched its new Countryside Classroom on Wheels (CCOW) at Ancrum Primary School, taking a ewe with her lamb at foot and their fibreglass cow ‘Blossom’ to the school, giving pupils a hands-on experience of where food comes from.

The CCOW makes it possible for RHET to transport livestock to schools to enhance pupils’ learning during a classroom talk. For the launch all the pupils at Ancrum Primary School P1-5 took part in a local food detective quiz, a talk about lamb production and a hands-on dairy session.

Katie Warnock, principal teacher at Ancrum Primary School, said: “The CCOW is a really exciting way of delivering the curriculum. The children loved learning about the countryside in a fun and interactive way.

“The RHET CCOW comes to you and is so well organised. It also gave the children opportunities to work together and learn outdoors.”

RHET Scottish Borders relies on volunteers to deliver its educational activities and last Tuesday a special training session was held to familiarise volunteers with using the new resource.

RHET education manager Katrina Barclay said: “Through the NFUS Centenary Trust generously funding the refurbishment of the trailer, Borders pupils will benefit from this wonderful learning resource.

“The volunteers bring learning to life with their passion and what better way to discover more about food, farming and countryside than from those who work in the industry.”