Keeping chickens in a primary school proved to be a great way of calming pupils, according to a Growing Schools case study, which highlighted how pupils responded to the responsibilities of looking after chickens.
Writing within the study, Lisa Evans of Beechwood Primary School Southernway federation in Plymouth UK, was trying to find a way to motivate children to write, through cross curricular contexts and to inspire teachers to revisit planning and incorporate child centred, compelling learning experiences. They also hoped to engage parents through homework and in school activities. The school reported:
Ofsted like Learning in the natural environment! Our recent Ofsted report for which we received a ‘good’ included this statement: ‘Pupils are keen to undertake responsibilities such as looking after the school chickens.’ Staff discovered that children engage better with their learning when they are immersed in and have a personal connection with the theme. Money is no object, fund raising large sums of money is possible. With enough enthusiasm you can achieve anything!