The Kingfisher Award Scheme has been running in Cornwall for 12 years and is coordinated by Jacky Cherry.



Our topic for 2019 was - What lives on a Dairy Farm?

In early June, 324 key stage 2 children experienced our field day at Ennis Barton, Fraddon, hosted by Andrew and Claire Brewer and their farming team for the second year running.

Children were immersed in the theme, with cows grazing the meadows adjacent to the wood, stream and pond.

The woodland area focussed on life cycles, food chains and owls.

The farm team showed how milk is produced from pasture and volunteers linked this with healthy soils and nutrient recycling.

The pond and stream could be relied on the provide excitement with dragonflies, frogs and toads.

All activities were hands on – handling soil, worms and leaf litter, stroking young calves, kick sampling in the stream and dissecting owl pellets.

One child said it had been “the best day ever”.

On the evening of July 9th, the children presented their own work on these topics at Indian Queens Working Men’s Club where they enjoyed sausage and chips and the adults had cream teas!

Apple bobbing, clay modelling animals, hooking rings on the elephant’s trunk, milking the cow, welly wanging, and how to encourage wildlife in your garden, kept parents and children amused.

The Judges had a tough job awarding the prizes. All the schools were given a certificate and a copy of “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

First prize went to Indian Queens School for the most comprehensive understanding of the farm visit. Trevisker school won the second prize for beautiful work and excellent use of maths and science.

“It was a memorable, inspiring and invaluable experience for both children and adults” a teacher commented.

   

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The KAS is entirely reliant on sponsorhip money, charitable donations, and volunteers. If you would like to make a donation or offer your time to help please contact Jacky Cherry, tel: 01208 831503 or email [email protected]