What an exciting week!
We welcomed lots of very special four-legged visitors to Rachel Keeling.
We support children to appreciate the awe and wonder of nature: caring for the flora and fauna in our garden. We encourage wildlife by planting flowers and composting, allowing areas to be shady and damp and also not disturbing creatures that choose to live in our garden.
This week we invited the wonderful police horses (and officers) from Bow Stables to visit.
We learned some interesting facts:
Their three horses were called Quest, Zeus and Urbane.
Zeus (the grey horse) is the baby at 5 years old and has only been working for the police for two weeks!
Some children demonstrated knowledge of what horses eat: carrots, apples and hay. Someone asked if they ate pancakes. The officers said they probably would if someone made them!
The police horses were huge and very strong but calm and gentle too.
Children had the opportunity to observe them closely and stroke them one at a time and most children did!
The officers said that police horses are good at keep crowds safe and if you get lost in the park, police horses can move quickly and their riders can see long distances.
On the same day we had another four legged visitor: a curious, ginger cat!
Thank you to our friends in the Metropolitan Police for giving up time to come and visit us.
So if we had three horses and one cat, how many legs is that altogether?
We have asked the visitors to come back one afternoon in the summer term so that the afternoon children can meet them too! Wee have promised carrots (for the horses) and a pot of tea (for the officers)!
Maybe you'll see Quest, Zeus or Urbane out and about - if you do, give them a Rachel Keeling wave!