Class opens doors to pony

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

A PONY was the star of an out­door les­son at the King’s School, Macclesfield.

Ju­nior and In­fant Di­vi­sion chil­dren met So­phie the Chest­nut pony, which be­longs to their five-year-old class­mate Poppy Hold­ing.

The pony was brought into school as part of its ef­forts to teach chil­dren about na­ture.

Poppy’s mum, Jo Hold­ing, who lives and works on But­ter­lands Farm in Win­cle, said: “On such oc­ca­sions many par­ents seem to bring in their pet rab­bits, but as King’s has this beau­ti­ful Gingko meadow I thought I’d bring in So­phie.

“Poppy has been learn­ing to ride since she was about two-and-a-half years old and is very com­fort­able on the horse and I thought it would be nice for her friends at school to get ac­quainted with her too.”

In­fant Re­cep­tion teacher Nicky Part­ing­ton said: “Poppy re­ally was the star of the day, but it also gave us an op­por­tu­nity to talk about life on the farm and how horses used to be used for work­ing in the fields and were re­ally beasts of bur­den.

“Now that spring has fi­nally sprung and our Gingko meadow is in full bloom it gives us the won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to bring the class­room out­side for the chil­dren.”

She added: “We have been look­ing at leaves, birds and in­sects.

“We have even set up a spe­cial bug ho­tel with all the right flora and fauna to make the bugs’ lives happy ones.

“It’s all about in­tro­duc­ing chil­dren to the won­der and com­plex­ity of na­ture and mak­ing sure that they re­spect the nat­u­ral world around them. Hope­fully their gen­er­a­tion will make a bet­ter job of car­ing for it than our own gen­er­a­tion do

Poppy said: “I love my lit­tle pony, I re­ally do.”


●● Poppy Hold­ing brings her Chest­nut pony So­phie to meet fel­low King’s pupils

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