Buzz About Food

Educational resources for school children

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Let’s Talk Farming

Lets Talk FarmingLet’s Talk Farming is the education brand for the NFU aimed to give children an overview of farming in the UK. Two booklets have been developed to appeal directly to children.

letstalkfarming-activityThe Let’s Talk Farming Fun Booklet is aimed at children under 7 years old and includes characters farmer Ben and farmer Laura. With them, children can identify farm animals and follow a typical day on a dairy farm. Children can also join the dots to discover some of the hidden wildlife on Britain’s farms and colour in some of the activities that take place throughout a farmer’s year. The back cover features a fun cow mask to cut out and wear.

The Let’s Talk Farming  Activity Booklet
is aimed at children 7-12 years and features TV’s Adam Henson who explains about the different breeds of animal you may find on Britain’s farms. A hidden code on the page reveals one of Adam’s own favourite farm animal breeds. The booklet also contains fun activities about food chains, how farmers’ care for the environment and includes a crossword related to how electricity can be created from farm manure. There is also a ‘design your own’ farmhouse pizza recipe using a variety of British-grown toppings and Red Tractor ingredients.
The booklets are available to download now from here or alternatively you can request hard copies from the campaigns team by emailing

Why Farming Matters – Primary

WFM bookletThe immensely popular Why Farming Matters Primary Education Pack has been updated with even more activities that explore the vital role of farming in our lives. Linked to many areas of the curriculum and with extension tasks for more able learners, this resource will become an indispensable part of your teaching tool kit.

The new edition features a downloadable resource pack, plus an accompanying website with further activities and guidance and a range of videos and image cards to support pupil learning.

As a collaboration between Countryside Classroom partners Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), this resource is the first to bear the Countryside Classroom logo.

Go to the Why Farming Matters Website.

Why Farming Matters – Secondary

secondarycover.jpgWhy Farming Matters – Secondary Schools

The Secondary Schools resource contains the following:

Bullet pointActivity booklets using Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills in subjects such as Science, Geography and Citizenship at Key Stage 3.

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Video containing interviews with farmers about their lives and work.

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Three sets of picture cards.

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Image Gallery

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These are all available to download below.
Adobe Reader is required for view the downloadable PDF files.

Activity Booklet
Activity BookletFormat – PDFDownload Booklet Download Booklet 3.51 Mb
Video Open the Why Farming Matters Video
(to Save this Video to your Computer, Right Click on the link and select “Save Target As”. File Size 46Mb) Format: WMV (Windows Media Player required)
Picture Cards
Picture CardsFormat – PDF Visit the Picture Cards Section
Image Gallery
Image Gallery Visit the online Image Gallery
Dairy Farming Poster
Posters Visit the Posters Section
(these posters are provided in PDF format, they can be opened on Electronic White Boards or with a Data Projector to produce large versions in the classroom)Format – PDF


Toby and the Bees


 Toby and the Bees Follow Toby on his latest trip to the farm.  Who is the strangely dressed Mr Bumble and what is all that buzzing that Toby can hear? And why does the answer involve eating a fantastic natural product?
 Toby and the Wild Bees  Toby is back on the farm and spots a strange-looking bee. Follow Toby as he learns about wild bees, where they live and their role in pollinating wildflowers.

You can get hold of these books from me or via Haddington Food Assembly

Bayer has produced these colourful booklets and is working with FACE to make it available for farmers and teachers to distribute to primary aged children.

Valuing Villages

Valuing VillagesValuing Villages’ is a practical resource produced by Farming & Countryside Education. It uses as its starting point the former QCA Citizenship Schemes of Work ‘Choices’ and ‘Local democracy for young citizens.’ It has relevance for teaching pupils at Key Stages 2 and 3. The pack consists of teacher notes and a bank of photocopiable activities.

Valuing Villages is based on the ‘Vital Villages’ project, which helped rural communities to assess local priorities and take charge of their future. ‘Valuing Villages’ embraces the same process and encourages young people to become more involved in local democracy.

The activities were trialled by teachers and pupils in Shropshire schools and the resource pack has grown out of their experiences.

“The Valuing Villages Pack is an invaluable tool for Parish steering groups to link local schools into the parish planning process. Many schools are now benefiting from the resource.”
Caroline Oakes, Community Council of Shropshire.



Valuing Villages – Resource Pack and Teachers’ Notes

Valuing Villages – Units of Work

Crunch & Sprout

Love it, Eat it

Love it Eat it offers the Crunch and Sprout booklets filled with interesting facts about the food we grow here in Britain and designed for primary school children. The books are easy to read, attractive, fun, and a useful, memorable, informative reference .

Books are available from Jacobite Apiaries 

CrunchCrunch: My little a-z of food and farming facts is a fun A to Z of food and farming facts suitable for primary aged pupils. It is an ideal introduction to food production and the countryside.

Inside Crunch Example


Sprout BookletSprout: My little a-z of food growing facts.
With the enduring popularity of Crunch, Sprout focuses on a whole new collection of facts on how the food we eat is grown.Like Crunch, it’s arranged alphabetically, and readers are guided from page to page by ‘Bumble’ our slightly naughty but clever little bumblebee!
Food growing and preparation challenges and answers to questions throughout the book are provided at the back.Pages from Sprout

3D Cut Out Farm Animals and Fruit

3D CowThe FACE 3D Farm Animals, Tractor and Fruit are now available to download.
Download, Print off, Colour in, Cut Out and Enjoy!
Download the 3D Cow
Download the 3D Pig
Download the 3D Chicken
Download the 3D Sheep
Download the 3D Tractor
Download the 3D Fruit


3D Animals and Fruit created by FACE REC Bobbie Harvey.

3D Tractor created by Ruth Cannon – Schools Technician – Eastern College.

Fact Sheets

ExploringThese research sheets will increase in number over time to cover a wide
range of topics.They are intended as an introductory aid to exploring the topics using the web.They may be downloaded and copied for use within educational establishments.Go to the Exploring Fact Sheets.


RU Briefings
RuSource Briefings form a free rural information service for anyone interested in the countryside. The briefings are produced by the editor, Alan Spedding, whose goal is to, “Cut important issues down to essentials and tell it straight”, with up-to-date, accurate & unbiased information. In addition, Alan also provides less frequent ‘Easy Guides’ to key areas of agriculture & land-based activity for the educated ‘outsider’. You can access all of these briefings on the website of the Arthur Rank Centre.


DiscoveringThese research sheets will grow over time to cover a wide range of themes.

They have been produced in collaboration with a variety of FACE members and partners, who are acknowledged on the individual sheets.


Go to the Discovering Fact Sheets


Soil Fact Sheets
Soil Fact SheetsThese factsheets and posters on soils have been produced by the British Society of Soil Science.

Go to the Soil Fact Sheets.



Resources sourced from the Farming & Countryside Education charity