Our Science and Arts Summer School enjoyed two days gaining an insight into the science of farming. The first day involved the journey down to Shropshire to see the Action Scott working farm. This amazing farm gave them an insight into Victorian farming. The students tried their hand at hoeing and ploughing. They were introduced to Dusty the donkey, who ploughed with speed and accuracy and the shire horse, Alfie. They learned all about the different types of machinery used and had a successful time making butter. They viewed the exhibits on offer and truly loved the setting as they basked in the sunshine.
The heat was even more intense on day 2 at Smithills Farm. Fresh from making their own butter in the Food Technology room and enjoying a breakfast, they headed off on to experience a trailer ride, pulled by a tractor and see the vast array of animals, being able to to feed and hold them.
This was a superb experience which enabled the students to understand the animals and their environment better. It has helped them appreciate the time and effort that goes into farming, to produce the food they consume.