Tenby Church in Wales Primary School had visits from two farmers last term. Walter Simon (right) explained how he grows potatoes, and Roger Lewis talked about dairy farming. The children had prepared a set of questions for them, and held a discussion about local and global food.
This school and others including Narberth Primary and the secondary school Ysgol Dewi Sant were taking part in a project run by FACE and Planed. The idea is to connect schools with farmers and food businesses in Pembrokeshire with the aims of enriching the curriculum, engaging young people in an enquiry into their local food system, and raising awareness of food production and businesses in the county.
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The Welsh language version of the popular pack Why Farming Matters was launched at Builth Wells Primary School on 24 November 2016 by Kirsty Williams AM, with three farmers and NFU officials present to lead a morning of classroom activities.
The pack, which contains a range of activities suitable for Key Stage 2 pupils, is available in both languages at http://www.whyfarmingmatters.co.uk/why-farming-matters.
On 2 October 2015, a new website was launched to put food, farming and the environment on the curriculum. The NFU, community gardeners, EggSeeds, the RSPB, Communities First and others came together at Ysgol Coed y Gof, Cardiff, for a morning of activities including making butter, milking a (wooden) cow, making seed bombs, identifying birds and sowing winter salads.
Countryside Classroom is a website for teachers which brings together for the first time resources on food, farming and countryside, including classroom materials, case studies and access to experts, supported by inspiring blog features.
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Foundation phase pupils in Cardiff, Caerphilly and Newport have been learning about the chicken lifecycle, chick embryo development and the role of eggs in a healthy diet by incubating their own eggs. After being taught how each group candled their own eggs and have had great success with hatching. They are now learning to care for the chicks as they grow.
The project was organized by FACE members Free Range Learning. They still have spaces for hatching projects in the summer term for schools, groups and care homes in the Cardiff and Vale area – more information here.
Families in the Gwendraeth Valley recently joined RSPB Cymru at Burns Penlan Farm to celebrate National Nest Box Week. Here they are making a bug hotel, christened “Buginham Palace”. Burns Penlan Farm is part of Burns Pet Nutrition, a family owned and run pet food company based in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, and a member of FACE.
Children from Ysgol Gynradd Penrhyncoch learning about oats on a recent visit to IBERS, Aberystwyth University, where they enjoyed a special farmhouse breakfast with FACE member Organic Centre Wales.
Children from Ysgol Plascrug, Aberystwyth, had a go at cross-pollinating grass flowers on a visit to IBERS, Aberystwyth University, in July. They used forceps to remove the anthers. Next they visited the new Phenomics facility to see how computers are used to measure plant growth, and then they learnt how grasses feed animals on a visit to the farm across the road. The visit was organized jointly by the Dyfi Biosphere Education Group, FACE and IBERS.
Children from Blaen-y-Maes Primary School, Swansea, visited Ty Tanglwyst Farm, Bridgend, in November. They enjoyed visiting the cowshed, the bottling unit and the young calves, a new experience for city children. Thank you to Rhys Lougher for hosting the visit, and to Tesco who funded it. The visit was organized by FACE Cymru in association with the Botanic Garden.
Using large aerial photographs of Monmouthshire, children from Llanfoist Primary school mapped local food production at the Abergavenny Food Festival in September. The event was organized by Organic Centre Wales.
The Dyfi Biosphere Education Group has produced a new schools pack for 2012, supported by the Countryside Council for Wales. It includes FACE food and farming activities for KS2 and KS3. The pack is also available on the National Grid for Learning website under ESDGC: view Food mapping resources.