Children from Vision AfriKa’s crèche in Kayamandi went on their first farmyard trip in early May to meet the animals that they had been learning about in class that term.
About 50 of them went on the outing with eight teachers and volunteers. They left the Ikhaya Trust Centre by bus at 9am to head to the “Farmyard Park” near Klapmuts in the Cape Winelands.
On arriving, everyone sat on the lawn and had a snack in the sun, before being joined by some ducks, which got the children very excited. They then took a tour of the farmyard and saw a donkey, some sheep, cows, rabbits, turkeys, chickens and even peacocks.
The learners had never seen these kinds of animals before and so were surprised at the way they moved, behaved, smelled and felt different to each other. They were also startled by the sounds that the ducks and donkey made.
But the experience has since helped them to remember each of the creatures’ names, which they had previously always mixed up. They are now able to colour in the pictures of the animals correctly, know what sounds they make and understand what foodstuffs they produce such as meat or eggs.
Moreover, although at first the children were scared on meeting a big horse, once they got used to it and saw that it would not hurt them, they enjoyed petting it. The experience taught them that farm animals are not dangerous if treated kindly and with respect.
Just before lunch, the learners were then allowed to play in the park and jump up and down on a trampoline under the supervision of their teachers. After lunch, there were lots of singing and dancing games and at 2.30pm, everyone finally packed up their things and got on the buses to go back home to Kayamandi.