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Sheep pay visit to Hunstanton’s Smithdon High School as students learn about ‘farm to fork’

Hunstanton students played host to three unusual visitors when a ewe and her two lambs came to stay at their school.

The three animals spent a week at Smithdon High School as part of a project run by the Food and Farming Discovery Trust.

“The purpose of the visit was to increase the awareness of farming in our area and to encourage students to understand the term ‘farm to fork’,” said food teacher Rebecca Dibble.

The trio were part of a flock of Jacobs owned by farmer Gillian Christian, and were housed in a pen and shelter next to the school’s Sports Hall for the duration of their stay.

Pupils from Hunstanton Primary also visited the sheep and took part in activities organised and run by Smithdon students.

“During this, they learnt about why sheep are shorn and what can be done with the wool afterwards, what it takes to look after sheep on a daily basis, where our food comes from, and had a go at designing a woolly hat,” said Mrs Dibble. “Our Year 7s and 8s also took part in the same activities.”

Children visiting the sheep at the school. Pictures: Ian Burt
Children visiting the sheep at the school. Pictures: Ian Burt

Head teacher Amanda Gibbins added: “It is important to allow all students the opportunity to see animals close up that aren’t just pets, as not all students get to visit zoos or park farms.”

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