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Primary school head will teach pupils as young as 10 how to gut, prepare and cook animals to eat in survival lessons
- Pupils at Ashgate Primary School in Derby will get a survival training day
- Headteacher Peter Seargent was a former soldier who learned skills in Borneo
- Children won’t be able to eat pheasants for health and safety reasons, he says
A primary school is teaching pupils as young as 10 how to get prepare and cook animals in ‘survival lessons’ – but they aren’t allowed to eat them for hygiene reasons.
Ashgate Primary School in Derby has organised a day of survival training for its children to have a go at catching pheasants and plucking their feathers.
Headteacher Peter Seargent is a former soldier and learned the skills while serving with the front line infantry in Borneo.
He will cook one of the pheasants as part of a demonstration, but won’t be able to dish it out to pupils for health and safety reasons.
Mr Seargent said it would be a ‘really positive experience’ for the pupils, aged 10 and 11, The Derby Telegraph reports.
Ashgate Primary School in Derby has organised a day of survival training for its children to have a go at catching pheasants and plucking their feathers
He said: ‘We’re trying to think outside the box a bit. They have been studying survival techniques and rather than them opening a book we wanted to turn it upside down.
‘Hopefully it will encourage them to have a debate. We want children to question and explore, and if they are uncomfortable with it we can have a conversation.
‘The bottom line is we aren’t forcing the children to do it, we are giving them the reality of the topic they have been studying.’
Headteacher Peter Seargent is a former soldier and learned the skills while serving with the front line infantry in Borneo
Mr Seargent, who has been a head teacher at the school for five years, said staff were trying to make sure ‘every topic is interesting and engaging for children’.
He added: ‘My military experience gives us the tool to do this as I am fortunate enough to have training.
‘The children wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to do these things. Children are quite curious but I don’t want to make them squeamish.
‘Too many schools fall into the trap about opening books. The children are excited about this.’
He added that parents have been given the option to withdraw their children from the activity but said that none had done so yet.
The children will also learn basic survival principles, how to find water and shelter and fire lighting strategies.
The pheasants will be sourced from a local Derbyshire group who hunt and collect the animals.
In a letter to parents, Mr Sergeant said: ‘Too many children see meat products as ‘supermarket products’ and have a lack of awareness of where their foods come from.
‘The wild food element of the session will include them seeing a pheasant partially prepared for cooking (including plucking) and see one fully prepared and being cooked. They will see the sequencing and stages of preparation.’
He will cook one of the pheasants as part of a demonstration, but won’t be able to dish it out to pupils for health and safety reasons
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