Almost 20,000 primary school pupils have furthered their knowledge of farming thanks to live bilingual lessons and resources by NFU Cymru and NFU Education.
The curriculum-aligned live lessons on Wednesday, June 21, the first of their kind in Wales, were part of NFU Cymru’s Celebration of Welsh Food and Farming Week activities.
Coined ‘The Lamb Diaries’, the lessons were led by two young farmer hosts in the form of Sioned Davies from Brecon and Erin McNaught from Bala, both of whom are former Welsh NFU Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors. During the course of the two 45-minute lessons, Sioned and Erin gave pupils an insight into various farming practices - such as lambing, shearing and the rounding up of sheep. The sessions also included engaging cross-curricular tasks, providing an extension to the live learning, and children also had the opportunity to ask questions to the hosts live from their classroom.
NFU Cymru Deputy President Abi Reader said: “NFU Cymru is proud to have worked with partners at NFU Education on this innovative venture to further children’s understanding about the farm to fork journey. Delivering these fun and interactive digital lessons means we’ve been able to reach more children in Wales than ever before.
"Our farmer hosts, Erin and Sioned, really showcased the passion and enthusiasm that exists among the next generation of young farmers in Wales. As well as excelling with their presenter duties, they did a great job of handling the numerous and varied questions posed to them by inquisitive pupils in their classrooms.
“As well as proving popular with schoolchildren, the fact that the lessons are bilingual and are aligned with the new curriculum in Wales means that the feedback we’ve received from teachers about providing these lessons has also been very positive."