When you are in school there is the opportunity to engage the pupils with some hands on activities which can be run in collaboration with your talk. This helps makes the visit more memorable.
There are a range of simple activities you can undertake. If you are looking to undertake any food based activities please make sure you let your local coordinator know so that they can ensure the relevant risk assessment is in place.
Each year RHET deliver new learning opportunities with different themes. This academic year the focus is sheep and wool. You can find more about the project, resources and events happening by visiting our dedicated project page where you will also find the content developed for previous themes.
To help enthuse young children about food and farming the RHET network has a series of early year boxes. These boxes are full of props, toys and books to help teachers teach in school.
They are usually left in school for a week or two to give the teacher the opportunity to fully utilise the contents. These boxes can be used in place of or to supplement a classroom talk.
You can view more information here.
Some areas have boxes full of props which you can borrow to take into school.
These boxes contain a selection of animal feed, hay, wool and straw samples in sealed bags, an ear tag and passport, images of farming (either laminated or on memory sticks), information from Quality Meat Scotland and posters and what’s in season information.
If you want to make your own talk box we would encourage you to do this as the props you use can tell your own unique story.
Please remember that everything you use should be clean and in the case of feed samples enclosed to prevent problems with allergies.
If you are in any doubt about the props you want to use, please speak with your coordinator.
RHET support farmers wishing to take lambs and/or chicks into school and some areas have classrooms on wheels to enable larger animals to be easily transported to schools.
There are a few keys points to note. If you are thinking about taking in a lamb or hen/chicks please speak to your local coordinator first before approaching the school.
The health and welfare of the animal is top priority and you will need a risk assessment signed off before taking the animal in.
The following principles apply:
Further information and guidance is available from your local coordinator.