A policeman’s best friend

Year 1 and 2 pupils from Ranby House School visited the South Yorkshire Police Mounted Section at Ring Farm
Year 1 and 2 pupils from Ranby House School visited the South Yorkshire Police Mounted Section at Ring Farm

PUPILS from Ranby House School learnt about the important role animals play in policing with a special visit to South Yorkshire.

The children from Years 1 and 2 visited the South Yorkshire Police Dog Training School in Sheffield, followed by a trip to the force’s Mounted Section at Ring Farm in Barnsley.

Pupils first watched a specialised training session at the Dog Training School, where dogs took part in a display of obedience and agility with their handlers.

They then headed to Ring Farm where they had much fun creating loud noises using dustbin lids and empty water butts to recreate the sounds horses could be exposed to during crowd control exercises at large-scale events such as football matches.

After visiting the stables and sitting in the police horsebox, the children were photgraphed with Wadsley - the largest of the horses in the police section.

A school spokesman said the visit was part of the PSHE curriculum with a focus on the people who help us in the community.

“The journey back to Ranby House School was buzzing with conversation about the visit and which of the activities the children had enjoyed the most,” she said.

“Our thanks must go to South Yorkshire Police for making the visit so informative and enjoyable.”