Whitefield Community

Primary School

School Pets

Research has shown that pet ownership can be particularly beneficial for children: from teaching them responsibilities and about the cycle of life, to providing companionship and building confidence.

      School pets have been found to:

  • motivate pupils to think and to learn, as children have a high level of natural interest, enthusiasm and enjoyment of animals
  • encourage a respect and reverence for life in pupils and thereby improve their relationships with other pupils, parents and teachers
  • foster a sense of responsibility in children
  • teach children to nurture and respect life
  • helps our children to read
  • lead to the development of hobbies / careers in animal care
  • improve academic achievement

    Teachers have also found therapeutic benefits for children with special needs. For example:
  • a calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties; improving behaviour and concentration, reducing stress and improving self-esteem
  • encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children
  • animals can help when working with the most vulnerable children
  • educational improvements with low achievers

    Pets in schools also have social benefits for the school community:
  • enhance the learning environment, creating a sense of security and family warmth for the pupils
  • encourage the involvement of parents and the wider community in school activity
  • help to promote the school as an important nurturing influence in the community
  • reduce the incidence of truancy, vandalism and conflict through fostering a greater sense of community

    Year 6 help to look after the chickens and take on the chores of feeding, cleaning out and giving them fresh water each lunch time. 

Meet Belle