Children have a field day as farmers visit school

FUN Pupils at St Alban's with a Massey Ferguson tractor
FUN Pupils at St Alban's with a Massey Ferguson tractor

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YOUNGSTERS gained an insight into farming and food production when two tractors visited their school.

Two tractors with ploughs parked in the playground at St Alban’s CE Aided Primary School, in West Leigh, Havant.

The five to 11-year-olds learned about the farming year, commonly grown crops and the foods they produce from Philip 
Prior, an agricultural 
sales representative from Bognor.

Senior teacher Claire Inskip said: ‘At St Alban’s we believe passionately that children learn best through first-hand experiences.

‘We feel it is important that they have an understanding of where their food comes from and the processes and the people involved.’

The children then compared the two tractors, a 66-year-old Ferguson and its modern successor, a Massey Ferguson.

They sat in the cab of the modern tractor and were taught about farm safety.

There was also a maths challenge, with children asked to calculate the age of each tractor from its date of manufacture.

The vintage Ferguson was transported by Claire’s father Bob Marshall, an agricultural engineer from Prinsted, near Emsworth.

The visit was supported by the National Farmers’ Union and Farming & Countryside Education.