1275052180585Pupils at Frank Barnes, a London school for deaf children, will be learning all about cats as part of an education programme by the UK’s largest feline welfare charity.

Cats Protection will be visiting Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children, in Camley Street, to give talks on basic cat care and understanding feline body language.

Assisted by a sign language interpreter, the sessions will also give children aged from five to 11 an insight into being a responsible cat owner.

Cats Protection’s Community Education Officer Petra Coughlin said she was looking forward to visiting the school in May.

She said: “This is the first time we have delivered our education talks to a deaf audience, but I’m hoping it will be the first of many.

“No disability should be a barrier to experiencing the great joy of being a cat owner, so it’s important our education talks are available for everyone.

“Children are the pet owners of tomorrow so we believe it is essential they are able to learn about basic animal care. I’m really looking forward to meeting the children, finding out about their own pets and answering their questions.”

The talks were organised by Catherine Drew, Leader of Bilingual Practice at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children.

She said: “I’m always looking for opportunities to enrich the children’s learning and their social and moral development.

“We place great emphasis on caring and respecting others and so we thought this was a great opportunity for the children to learn about looking after animals.

“Cats make wonderful pets and many of the children at the school are lucky enough to share their lives with one. We want to help all the children understand how pets can enhance our lives and how we can care for them in return.”

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 194,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.

As well as rehoming cats, the charity promotes neutering as the only effective way to reduce the population of unwanted cats and kittens.

It also provides cat care information to the public and offers free talks to schools and both adult and children’s community groups.

Talks are designed to be fun, informal and customised to suit the group. More information is available by emailing education@cats.org.uk or completing an online form at http://www.cats.org.uk/learn/talks-tours

As well as talks, the charity also offers free, curriculum-linked teaching resources for early years/foundation, primary and secondary school students. To request a pack, email education@cats.org.uk or download for free at www.cats.org.uk/learn

To find out more about Cats Protection, please visit www.cats.org.uk or ring the Helpline on 03000 12 12 12.