Pupils from Foxes Piece School in Marlow were left delighted after a visit from some of their favourite farm animals.

In celebration of World Animal Day, Ark Farm brought some of their farmyard animals to the school playground.

Children were able to be up close with the animals including sheep, goats and donkeys as well as hear about how they are looked after.

The school have been teaching their pupils about World Animal Day, an international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated on October 4.

Mrs Jane Byron, Headteacher, believes the farm visit was a “great opportunity” for her pupils to engage with the meaning behind the day.

She said: “The visit instigated great discussion and language about the animals, the children were curious to know more about them such as what they eat and what wool actually feels like on a sheep!

“It was a great opportunity for the children to be outside and enjoy visitors coming back to our school - so good for their well-being too."

Dating back to 1925, the World Animal day is celebrated annually on the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

The movement has been supported and endorsed by a number of celebrities, such as Anneka Svenska, Brian Blessed and Melanie C from the Spice Girls.

According to the World Animal Day website (www.worldanimalday.org.uk), the aim of the day is to 'raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe'.

And in order to achieve this goal, the WAD (World Animal Day) are encouraging animal welfare organisations, community groups, youth and children’s clubs, businesses and individuals to organise events in celebration of the cause.

A passage from their website reads: "Participation in World Animal Day will continue to grow until it reaches and connects animal advocates in all corners of the world.

"It's something that everyone can join in with, whether they are part of an organisation, group, or an individual."