Pupils bring festival back to village life

Faldingworth scarecrow festival
Faldingworth scarecrow festival

Children as young as two years old are to resurrect a village scarecrow festival after a project about enterprise at their school.

A colony of scarecrows will invade Faldingworth on Friday (July 5) after children at the 50-pupil village school came up with a plan to raise extra funds by resurrecting the village’s scarecrow festival after more than eight years.

Faldingworth Primary School headteacher Kiera Evans said the school chose a project to get pupils thinking in a different and more enterprising way.

She said: “We came up with the idea of resurrecting the Faldingworth Scarecrow Festival after more than eight years and the idea has really taken off.”

The youngest pupils have been involved in sessions about the general project while older children have been involved in workshops making scarecrow heads and frames, which they will be selling for £5 and £10 each.

They have also been selling maps they designed for a scarecrow trail and plan to make even more money by selling refreshments and bespoke souvenirs over the three day festival.

Mrs Evans said: “This enterprise project has been a very positive experience for the whole school.

“The pupils have developed entrepreneurial skills that are essential for learning, like teamwork, problem solving, economic awareness, creativity.

“We have watched their confidence grow and they have had lots of fun.

“We wanted to create a sustainable way of making enterprise interesting for all the children.

“We were originally just going to do the festival as a school event but the whole thing has evolved since then.

“The whole community has got involved and it’s now a proper village event and with community help, we will have a total of 40 scarecrows.”

The scarecrows will be dressed to match the festival’s ‘world of music’ theme with residents and pupils will dressing their scarecrows in different national costumes or as famous pop stars from around the world.

Faldingworth Primary School is one of six schools in Lincolnshire to have collaborated on a year-long programme to transform the curriculum through enterprise.