Pupils at Gilwern Primary School have been excited to welcome some new friends – they are ponies!
The ponies are being looked after by the children, under the guidance of a local vet, while they are looking for a ‘forever’ home.
Opportunities like this one give pupils a chance to understand the natural world more fully and increase their confidence with dealing with other creatures.
In addition to this the school has also further developed a pond area to allow pupils to find out about water based animals such as newts, frogs and insect larvae while enjoying the health benefits of working outside.
Of course, this is possible only because of our close proximity to the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area of protected wild land. You can find out more about the park by following this link:
There have also been some interested ideas in the UK about claiming city spaces to creature a national park also. You can find out more about these ideas in this article: