At Meadhurst Primary School we have four pets; two rabbits and two guinea pigs.
Encouraging children to take an interest in animals can have a positive effect and can be used to improve human and animal welfare.
Our school pets will:
- foster a sense of responsibility in children
- teach children to nurture and respect life
- motivate children to think and to learn, as they have a high level of natural interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment of animals
- encourage a respect and reverence for life in children and thereby improve their relationships with their peers, parents and teachers
- improve academic achievement
At Meadhurst we aim to promote good practice in animal care. Children are taught correct procedures in handling and caring for animals under the direct supervision of adults; they are encouraged to take a shared responsibility for the care of the animals. Children are taught how to interact gently with our school pets. Pets and other animals in school can enhance the learning environment. Sensible measures are taken to reduce the risk of infection to the children and to staff.