Tractor tour offers food for thought to pupils

RESTON,P4 WITH TEACHER BECCA HAYMAN
RESTON,P4 WITH TEACHER BECCA HAYMAN

Pupils were given a glimpse of life in the farming industry when a tractor tour visited more than 60 Borders schools.

Ten tractors toured 62 primary schools across the Borders to educate schoolchildren about the farming industry and food production.

TRACTOR FANS MURRAY AND JACOB

TRACTOR FANS MURRAY AND JACOB

The school children were given the chance to ask questions about farming and to see the tractors up close as they visited schools on Thursday, March 9.

The event was arranged by Edinburgh-based charity The Royal Highland Education Trust and all tractors were supplied by Borders farming companies.

In Berwickshire, around 15 primary one and two pupils at Reston Primary School dressed up as farmers for the event.

Their teacher, Becca Hayman, said: “My class really enjoyed the tractor tour. They have been exploring food and farming and this was a great experience to link in with their learning. It stimulated their imaginations and they asked lots of really interesting questions.”

BIG TRACTOR FANS JACOB AND MURRAY.

BIG TRACTOR FANS JACOB AND MURRAY.

At Chirnside Primary School, 15 primary four pupils got a chance to view the tractor up close and learn about farming.

Nick Trussler, headteacher at Chirnside Primary School, said: “It brings the real world alive for the children and gives them an insight to the world of work. It also enhances the experiences that we currently offer the kids at the school. They recently did a farming project so this really adds to their learning of the industry.”

The charity also collected recipes from each of the schools to collate in a recipe book which will focus on produce from the Borders.

Allan Murray, chairman of Royal Highland Education Trust Scottish Borders, said, “The tractor tour aims to make primary school children much more aware of food production and farming in the Scottish Borders. With the help of the recipe book, they will become familiar with what is produced on local farms.”

TRACTOR DRIVER ALISTAIR HODGE AT CHURNSIDE.

TRACTOR DRIVER ALISTAIR HODGE AT CHURNSIDE.

At the end of the tour the tractors all culminated at the Harrison and Hetherington St Boswells’ auction mart where refreshments were provided.

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP Calum Kerr was in attendance at St Boswells. He said: “So many children turned out and it is great to see their excitement and enthusiasm to learn all about the industry.”

Videos from the day can be found at the Berwickshire New’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theberwickshire

CHARLEY AND IAN (IAN WON THE RED BASEBALL HAT FOR THE BEST QUESTION TO ALISTAIR THE TRACTOR DRIVER.

CHARLEY AND IAN (IAN WON THE RED BASEBALL HAT FOR THE BEST QUESTION TO ALISTAIR THE TRACTOR DRIVER.

The tractor tour vistited Chirnside Primary School.

The tractor tour vistited Chirnside Primary School.