Information for teachers
Visiting a working farm can be hugely beneficial for children of all ages. From providing a stimulating, hands-on experience for Early Years right through to a practical demonstration of some career options for post 16s, there is something for everyone. Farms can be a great place for children to learn about the provenance of their food and used to study core curriculum subjects such as maths, English, science, art and much more.
Getting children out into the countryside also has wider community benefits. A farm visit can:
- provide a stimulating and versatile outdoor classroom
- support the curriculum with engaging activities before, during and after a visit
- contribute to developing children’s social and personal skills
- create interest and motivation that can be carried back to classroom activities
- help children understand where their food comes from
- teach children in a direct, hands-on way about may important topics including nutrition, animal welfare, sustainability and conservation
- allow for physical exercise
- increase children’s appreciation and understanding of the natural environment
- give children first-hand experience of farming and the countryside
- show children the importance of good husbandry
- introduce children to some of the issues around agriculture and rural affairs
- raise awareness of careers available in the countryside
- provide an opportunity for children to meet people from different backgrounds
- allow children to understand risk and how to manage it
- provide teachers with an opportunity for professional development by gaining farming and countryside knowledge, and experience of outdoor education.
LEAF recently merged with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE), and launched in May 2018, LEAF Education.
Click here to read the full press release.
Click here for information on LEAF Education.
Click here to visit the LEAF Education website
LEAF Open Farm School Days, throughout June 2018
If you would like to visit a farm, find a farm near you using the interactive map
Alternatively email LEAF Education [email protected] or go to the website www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk to search for places to visit.
Working in partnership
LEAF works in partnership with a range of organisations throughout the year including RHET (Royal Highland Education Trust), FACE (Farming and Countryside Education), Countryside Learning, The Country Trust, NFU and AHDB (Agriculture And Horticulture Development Board). By working in partnership we can collectively raise awareness of the educational opportunities available on farms, and encourage more farmers to engage with schools and invite children and teachers to visit.
Healthy Eating Week, 12th to 16th June 2018
Why not tie in a school visit with learning about food and nutrition by participating in Healthy Eating Week run by the British Nutrition Foundation. Information and resources can be found here: www.foodafactoflife.org.uk.
Further useful information for teachers go to the LEAF Education website: www.leafuk.org/education
Or contact LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming)
T: 024 7641 3911 [email protected]