Linking Agriculture to the Curriculum

Suffolk Agricultural Association News - Monday 17 September 2018

Following an inspirational year with around 7000 primary and secondary school children attending the SAA’s educational events and connecting with food, farming and the countryside, the Education team are hoping to better that next year.

 Starting with Tractors into Schools week in February, the SAA will arrange for farmers to visit local primary schools with their tractors to talk to the pupils about food, farming and the countryside. Earlier this year over 55 farmers took their tractors into the playgrounds of 68 schools to share their expertise and passion for food and farming. Tractors into Schools 2019 week will take place week commencing Monday 11 February.

 The aim throughout the education calendar is to create a fun and exciting way to inspire interest in agricultural industries, it is hoped that young people will gain a greater understanding of where their food comes from and the wider rural economy. At the School Farm and Country Fair in April pupils and teachers can see how important agriculture is to Suffolk and how all aspects of farming and the countryside can be linked to the national curriculum and core subjects.

 The Grow Your Own Potatoes competition is a project for pupils to plant, grow and harvest potatoes whilst learning about the benefits of eating them. This competition has two stages, in March pupils attend a planting day where they plant their crops and learn how to grow the best yields and then in June they harvest and weigh them.   

The Suffolk Farming School of the Year competition will be focused on cattle.  Pupils will design and build a model of a cow using recyclable materials. This competition is made up of three rounds and the grand final takes place at the Suffolk Show. The Suffolk Show will also host the Schools Show Garden Competition, the theme for 2019 is ‘Gardens of the World’.

In June Hollow Trees Farm will host the 11th Food and Farming Student day for secondary school students. The day consists of a number of hands-on interactive workshops that are designed to give the students information on careers within agricultural and food industries as well as the opportunity to learn about possible careers in wildlife and conservation.

For application deadlines please visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk/education. If you would like your school to be involved, please contact the education department at the Suffolk Agricultural Association. helen.fomenko@suffolkshow.co.uk or hannah.woods@suffolkshow.co.uk