It was not your average school day. Oakenwald School students and staff recently welcomed some special visitors. Pigs, sheep, fainting goats, a bull and cow spent the day at the school, thanks to Up The Creek Cattle Company.
The school yard visit was part of Oakenwald’s mission to increase learning opportunities for students in the area of environmental sustainability and ecological literacy.
“Our action items to meet this goal include continuing our recycling and composting programs, intentionally increasing outdoor classroom teaching time and using the Seeds Foundation Earth School certification as a motivation for this, having our grade 3/4 class participate in the Fort Whyte Forest School pilot project, creating a community garden of raised garden beds on site, planting perennials around the school site that are Manitoba native plants that support insects/bees/butterflies, learning about how our food is made and ends up on our table,” shared principal, Tanis Thiessen.
Each class spent roughly 30 minutes getting up close to the animals and learning more about agriculture. Here is what a few students had to say about the experience:
“I love animals. They are living creatures like us and we should treat them with respect.” - Gustav, grade 3 student
“I was kind of surprised. I also didn’t expect the bull to be that big. We need to learn about animals. My favourite animal is an artic fox.” - Isla, grade 3 student
“I am learning about cows. We have to keep the habitat healthy for the animals.” -Tavian, grade 4 student
The learning will continue far beyond the farm visit. Students are already busy planting wheat as part of the “grow a loaf” project. The goal will be to tend to the wheat, as is grows, and then harvest it to create flour for baking bread in September.
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