Why Farming Matters is a teaching resource containing a wealth of activity ideas for Key Stage 2 classes. Teachers can select individual activities or deliver them all as part of a topic on food and farming.
You can download the Why Farming Matters e-book from the Why Farming Matters website, where you will also find supplementary resources and guidance. Pick an activity from the e-book, and then choose the corresponding section from the left hand menu of the site to find downloads, links and helpful suggestions.
Why Farming Matters is a collaborative project by Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and it is available in English and Welsh.
Mapping the local food system is a good way to start thinking about food and farming. Pupils can design questionnaires and interview farmers and food businesses about their work, investigate the past and vision the future.
FACE Cymru developed a set of resources as part the Dyfi Biosphere Education Group, which you can download from Hwb.
Farming and food production is vital to the Welsh economy, and to us all. By 2020, the aim of Welsh Government is to grow this sector by 30%. British farming creates around 63% of the food we eat, but as well as making sure we have the food we need, farmers and food producers use the latest technologies to protect our natural environment.
Find out more about careers in the sector with this resource from Careers Wales: Spotlight on food and farming.
FACE Cymru and the National Botanic Garden of Wales have a produced a resource to support a visit to a dairy farm. It suggests activities and discussions that might be carried out before, during or after a visit by Key Stages 2-4, and shows links to the Welsh Skills Framework and Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.
Find out how dairy farmers care for their cows and protect the environment, including videos, facts and news, at www.thisisdairyfarming.com.
If you are interested in visiting a farm, go to visitmyfarm.org or www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk or get in touch with FACE Cymru.
Food Race is a multimedia resource produced by Hybu Cig Cymru/ Meat Promotion Wales to support primary teachers’ work on food, nutrition and healthy eating at KS2.
Two leaflets from FACE Wales for teachers considering a farm visit (updated February 2013)
Farm visits – a guide for teachers
Preparing for a farm visit – advice for teachers
Instructions from the Mid Wales Food and Land Trust