MP given ‘paws’ for thought in maths lesson with a difference
Ashton MP Angela Rayner went ‘bark’ to school recently to learn all about what a dog’s needs are – with the help of a four-legged friend.
Mrs Rayner, who is also Shadow Secretary of State for Education, joined Year Five pupils at Saint Peter’s Primary for a dog-themed maths lesson delivered by Dogs Trust Manchester Community and Education Officer, Anna Baatz, accompanied by her Education Dog, Mo.
Pupils at the Oxford Street school in Ashton learnt what it takes to care for a dog properly and were asked to solve mathematical problems relating to the cost of looking after a dog and buying their four-legged friend everything he needs throughout his lifetime.
Following the workshop, Mrs Rayner, said:
“It was fantastic to see the pupils solving maths problems whilst having lots of fun! They were very enthusiastic and learnt an awful lot, as did I, about what it costs to look after a dog properly throughout its life. Understanding the cost and commitment involved will help these pupils make an informed decision in the future if they want a canine companion.
“It was a real treat meeting Anna’s dog, Mo too. I don’t often get the chance to spend time with a lovely dog during my working day!”
Dogs Trust Manchester offers schools and other community groups free workshops to help children understand dogs’ needs and ensure they can live safely and happily at home and in the community with man’s best friend.
“I go into schools every week throughout term time and the children always get really involved as they love to talk about dogs. Making the lessons fun and interactive helps them retain information too, so hopefully when it comes to a time when they are in a position to consider getting a dog, they will know whether they can afford it and the incredible commitment it takes to make sure the dog is well cared for.
“It was great for Angela to be with us for the lesson and she joined in too, testing her maths skills along with the pupils!”
If you would like to discuss booking a workshop at your school or a local community venue, please call Anna on 0161 337 3613 or e-mail her at [email protected]. To find out more visit www.bedogsmart.org.uk