The whole of the King’s St Alban’s Pre-Prep were so excited as they hopped aboard the minibuses bound for the Cotswold Farm Park. The weather was glorious, with the sun shining all day long giving a real feel that the Summer Term had begun.
Upon arrival at the Cotswold Farm Park, the children eagerly took part in an animal workshop delivered by two extremely knowledgeable members of Cotswold Farm Park staff. The cohort learnt about a variety of animals that lay eggs before engaging in an animal handling experience with two very patient animals, Charlie the rabbit and Biscuit the guinea pig. The children impressed with the questions they asked about their diet, needs and how to look after them.
It was then time to explore the fields, where the children enjoyed feeding the friendly but very greedy goats, sheep and their young. The eagle-eyed group also spotted a variety of other animals, big and small, including a herd of cattle, some horses and a beautiful donkey.
After a delicious, much needed packed lunch, the children looked around the extensive Cotswold Farm barns and enjoyed seeing some of the animals in a more enclosed setting. The most popular highlight of the visit was most definitely watching a mother pig feed her three baby piglets. A lot of the children were surprised that the mother pig had milk and so this led to some super discussions about mammals and their young.
As the children rolled back on to the minibuses thoroughly exhausted (some nodding off on the journey back to school), it is safe to say that they had all had a brilliant trip. We will definitely be visiting again! We would like to thank Cotswold Farm Park for such a super experience for us all.