Children in Nantgaredig , Carmarthenshire have been given the opportunity to learn about the importance of food and farming thanks to a teaching resource.
Pupils at Nantgaredig Community Primary School enjoyed a visit from local farmers NFU Cymru member Sharon Richards for a lesson planned around the ‘Why Farming Matters/Pam Fod Ffermio’n Bwysig’ education packs produced by NFU Cymru and Farming & Countryside Education (FACE).
The education packs, available in both English and Welsh, are designed to provide teachers with ideas and activities to help stimulate and foster children’s interest in food and farming, encourage healthy eating and lifestyles, as well as encouraging pupils to think about where their food comes from. The resource, aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils, looks to weave the themes of food and farming through the curriculum areas of English, Welsh, maths, geography, science, art and design.
The Welsh language teaching resource is part of the wider NFU ‘Why Farming Matters’ initiative, which has been raising awareness of the contribution made by agriculture to rural communities for a decade.
NFU Cymru member Sharon Richards said: “Agriculture plays such an integral part of life in Carmarthenshire and it is important that local children understand the vital role that farming plays for rural communities, the Welsh language and Wales’ cultural identity.
“I am thrilled that we are able to take these ‘Why Farming Matters/ Pam Fod Ffermio’n Bwysig’ education packs into schools and help pupils learn about farming in a fun and informative way, through the mediums of English and Welsh.”
Jane Powell, FACE Coordinator for Wales, said: “There is nothing like meeting a farmer to bring food education to life, and I’m delighted to be working with NFU Cymru and Planed to show children what’s going on in the countryside around them.”
Steffan Griffiths, Headteacher at Nantgaredig Community Primary School, added: “It was a great to be able to invite Sharon to school today to assist with our lesson around the ‘Why Farming Matters/Pam Fod Ffermio’n Bwysig’ education packs and help bring the subject to life. I know the teaching staff have already been using this resource to incorporate food and farming messages into lessons and these activities have been well received by pupils.”
The English and Welsh language versions of the ‘Why Farming Matters/Pam Fod Ffermio’n Bwysig’ education packs can also be downloaded from www.whyfarmingmatters.co.uk.