Farming Life’s Richard Halleron spent last Wednesday morning chatting about his career as a journalist with the P5, 6, and 7 pupils attending Rasharkin Primary School in Co Antrim.
For many of the children his visit represented the perfect opportunity to find out about the world of newspapers as they are learning the skills of report writing at the present time.
But it was far from one way traffic that day in the class room as Richard soon found himself answering numerous questions about his route into journalism, his love for farming and the travels he has undertaken while representing Farming Life.
“We invite people from a range of professions to meet with the children on a regular basis,” said P6/P7 teacher Julie Wright.
“These opportunities allow them to see how the skills learned in the classroom can be put to use outside school. In the past we have received visits from fire men and ambulance drivers. The younger children recently received a visit from a man who hails originally from Norway. All of this activity helps broaden the outlook of the boys and girls: it’s also good fun.”
Many of the children attending Rasharkin Primary School come from farming families, which prompted acting Principal Mrs Rosie Calderwood to admit that Farming Life is a regular school bag inclusion on Monday mornings.
“We are delighted this is the case, as it means that the children concerned are actively reading outside of the curriculum,” she said.
Commenting after his visit Richard said: “I really enjoyed it. I have never known an hour and a half to pass by so quickly. The participation level of all the boys and girls was tremendous throughout, which is testimony to the work carried on by all the staff at the school.”