First of all, why are you considering the topic of farming? Are you helping your pupils to understand where their food is grown and produced? Are you looking for controversial issues to encourage students to research, discuss and debate before reaching their own informed decisions? Are you preparing your pupils for a farm visit?
Countryside Classroom can help, whatever your motivation. Search for farm-linked activities in the resources section to find inspiration for incorporating farming topics into any primary school subject. Or why not divide your class into groups to learn about a specific food or commodity? There are many resources about milk, chicken, bread and meat for example. Try some of these:
If controversy is your angle, you might start with the badger debate or animal welfare issues. Examples include
So far we have concentrated on the resources section but you might want to find people willing to visit school to take an assembly or speak to a class about an aspect of farming. As you know, children love to meet new people and those with interesting items to bring in (a sheaf of wheat, a milking cluster, maybe even some animals) are even more welcome.
Farm visits should ideally be prefaced by some work in the classroom so that children can get more out of their visit.
And we mustn’t forget careers. From an early age pupils need to learn that farming isn’t just about mud and tractors nowadays: there are high-tech jobs available in the industry which will welcome students with an interest in computing, engineering, marketing and science.
So start exploring the Countryside Classroom website for a wealth of ideas to enhance your teaching about that all important topic of farming!