A York Church of England Primary School is helping the National Farmers' Union launch a new range of teaching packs to promote farms as the perfect place to learn about science.
To support classroom lessons, teachers will be able to download videos, starring pupils from St Barnabas Primary School, under a new Science Farm series. The videos explain how carrots are produced, the food chain of a school dinner and a sensory trail – exploring the farm with your five senses. Also available to download will be lesson plans and ideas and activity sheets.
This new education initiative, linked to the national science curriculum in England, has been designed in a fun and engaging way to help show youngsters what happens to their favourite ingredients from farm to fork.
NFU Deputy President Minette Batters said there appeared to be a huge lack of knowledge among children of all ages about how and where their food is produced.
"We're really excited with these new educational digital tools that will allow teachers to provide truly memorable lessons where children will get the opportunity to explore where their food comes from and how it's grown.
"We believe passionately about educating young people and we feel strongly that food production should be a core part of the national school curriculum. As farmers it's not just our job to grow the food that we eat but to engage and reconnect with the public including children. Learning about British food and farming from a young age will ultimately help our future generations make informed choices."
St Barnabas Headteacher Karen Boardman said, “Our pupils learned a great deal about the importance of science in growing the food they eat every day, and they thoroughly enjoyed the process of making the videos too. We’re all proud to be playing a part in this worthwhile project with the NFU.”
- You'll find the new education resources by visiting www.nfuonline.com/schools.