We value the important role that animals can have in teaching children empathy, patience, kindness and responsibility. At Norbury, we are proud to include many animals in our school family. Starling Class is home to two guinea pigs, Lunar and Star. Heron Class take care of our beautiful hedgehog, Barney Harold. We also look after school chickens and the fish and newts in the our lovely pond.
Our school is also lucky to have a beautiful school dog, Lola. Lola enjoys cuddles and walks with the children, and also loves hearing readers in the school office. Lola lives with our school business manager, Mrs Collins, and visits the school for 2-3 days per week.
Children help to take care of the animals in school: cleaning them out, feeding and exercising them and collecting eggs from the chickens. Barney Harold even benefits from the occasional bath! As well as providing social and emotional benefits for our children, this supports curriculum learning for Science and PSHE. We work with vets at Nottingham Vet School and a nearby veterinary practice to keep an eye on the health and wellbeing of our school pets, and many of our children have ambitions to become vets in the future.