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FarmED – a learning initiative by the RAS

A new play commissioned by the RAS gives WA primary schoolchildren an insight into the wonderful world of agriculture.

FarmEd - Country Life

After months of rehearsals a new play “The Country Life” is taking primary schools around Perth by storm as it tours 50 schools in the metropolitan area and as far away as Bunbury. A Country Life was written by children’s entertainer Kathy Prosser in collaboration with primary school teachers and an agricultural consultant.

Part of the RAS FarmED learning program, the play uses catchy tunes, energetic choreography, puppetry and a fun story-line to raise awareness of where our food comes from.

Featuring three energetic and talented young performers, A Country Life follows the journey of a city girl, Janet, as she learns about different aspects of farming.

FarmED

Free to schools, the FarmEd program was introduced by the RAS four years ago in response to national research that showed children were often in the dark about the origin of food their families buy at local supermarkets.

Coordinated and presented by two farmers, the newly devised and refreshed program covers a variety of farming topics including sustainability, food production and security, technology and careers in agriculture.

The RAS works closely with the school curriculum and teachers. Resource kits have been developed for both pre school and post school visit activities.

FarmED

The play and subsequent class presentations focus on:

  • Sustainability – children will develop an understanding of the crucial methods farmers and those connected with the agricultural industry use to continue ongoing food production for our rapidly increasing population, well into the future.
  • Food production and security – brings an awareness of the variety of foods WA produces so students will draw a parallel between their natural state, and the products on supermarket shelves.
  • Technology in agriculture – gives an appreciation of the core technologies used on farms to maintain and support food production.
  • Careers in agriculture – roles within the industry are vast as are specific educational courses to ensure a viable profession.

Teacher Resources and Student activities

The RAS together with our education consultant have developed teacher resources that include pre and post student activities. These activities allow the conversation about sustainability, food and security, technology and careers in agriculture to continue in the classroom.

Is your school interested in participating in 2017?

To register your interest for the 2017 FarmED program please contact RAS Education Coordinator Jenny Harrington on jharrington@raswa.org.au or phone 6263 3103.

FarmEd - A Country Life

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FarmEd - Country Life
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FarmEd - Country Life
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FarmEd - Country Life