Chickens at Elms Bank

Meet Our Family

It is often said about Elms Bank that there is a real sense of a "school family" here. We hope that you feel the same way when you explore the website and we know you will experience it when you visit our school.

From time to time we want to introduce you to our family members, so please come back often, you never know who you are going to meet!

Angie the Buddy Dog

What does a Buddy Dog do?

A Buddy Dog gives pupils the opportunity to build on their communication and mobility skills needed to enhance their lives. Confidence is also enhanced by giving certain responsibilities to pupils to care for the dog’s needs, i.e. feeding, grooming and walking. 

Our Buddy Dog Angie

Angie is very busy during the day and goes into classes with pupils. A pupil from the class collects and returns Angie from and to the office either independently, if they are confident to do so, or with a member of staff if needed. Angie is used as a reading dog that allows pupils who are less confident at reading out loud to be able to read to her as this can be less intimidating than reading to a member of the reading team.

She is well liked around school and has a very calming effect on pupils. If a pupil becomes distressed Angie can help to calm them down as pupils always want to interact with her.

Angie also works with the pupils in school with visual impairments, travelling both around school and in the local environment, with the assistance of the visual impairment team.

Angie gets involved in lessons in all sorts of ways which range from sitting with pupils to learning about how to take care of her and sometimes she is even measured! Angie also helps pupils to understand the responsibilities of owning a pet.

Angie is a fantastic addition to the school and if you visit make sure you come and meet her!

For further information please click here: www.guidedogs.org.uk

The Chickens

Over the past few weeks Challenge class have been researching Chicken Husbandry in our Animal Care lessons.  They have researched what types of chickens there are and how to look after them.

They have visited Pear Tree Poultry farm in Preston and asked lots of questions to the staff there.  When they returned they researched and set up a chicken area, making sure they had everything needed to keep chickens.

The following week Challenge went back to choose four new friends to join our Elms Bank family. The staff at Pear Tree Poultry were fabulous, we chose which chickens we wanted and the lady brought them over for us to see before putting them in a crate for us. Challenge chose 4 different breeds – Bluebelle, Goldilocks Hen, Speckledy Hen and Daisybelle. 

When they returned to school the pupils were really excited about putting the chickens in the new area they had created for them. The college pupils are really looking forward to looking after the chickens for their animal care course.  Pupils within school will also have the opportunity to learn about Chicken Husbandry during form time.

A competition was held to name the chickens and class Clarence won with the names Bella, Glenda, Dotty and Flora. Their prize is a Thornton’s Easter Egg.