Farming UK reports that the National Farmers’ Union Deputy President Minette Batters said the industry “believes passionately” about educating young people, and food production should be part of the national curriculum.
The comment follows research which shows children across the UK exhibiting serious flaws in their knowledge of food and farming.
However, children do have an appetite to learn more about food and farming. In 2015, a survey showed that more than four in five primary age school children said they would visit a farm to find out more about where their food comes from.
To get children learning more, the NFU has this week created a new education initiative which links agriculture with the national science curriculum in England.
Teachers will be able to show their children science and farming under a new ‘Science Farm’ series to support classroom lessons. They will explain how carrots are produced, the food chain of a school dinner and a sensory trail – exploring the farm with five senses.
“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.”
The education initiative follows news of a North Yorkshire MP receiving widespread media attention after calling for a GCSE in agriculture to encourage the “serious need” of fresh talent.
How knowledgeable is your class? Have they visited a farm? Will you use the new ‘Science Farm’? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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