Children at Worksop Priory Academy have gained some unusual classmates as part of a wider initiative designed to heighten pupils’ experience and understanding of financial management.
The arrival of six brown hens in a newly-constructed chicken run has already started to encourage entrepreneurial spirit as the children start to think of ways to make money.
Children in each class will take it in turns to look after the hens, whilst in turn selling on any eggs the birds lay.
The ribbon was cut on their new home by six-year-old pupil Frederick Horgan, who had donated £500 from a recent charity walk, towards the set-up of the project.
He said: “I felt really proud to be cutting the ribbon, knowing that I had donated a lot of money to help the other children learn.”
Phil Abbott, head teacher, added: “As well as encouraging saving, the strength of the scheme is that it promotes the values of generosity, charity and thankfulness.
“Whilst financial education is at the core of this project, the activities are also providing excellent real-life learning.
“Children are extremely enthused and motivated by the scheme and, in particular, with our new poultry.”