STUDENTS at Bentley Primary School were given a taste of life on the farm when the musical production The Country Life took centre stage last week.
It was the state premiere for the production, which is set to be rolled out to 50 schools this year, promoting agriculture and the careers within this sector as part of the Royal Agricultural society of WA (RASWA) FarmED School Incursion program.
The production was enjoyed by 150 students aged between 3-11 years old, who were captivated by the fun, interactive and educational mixture of songs, dance and puppetry which follows the adventures of a city girl named Janet who drives to a country town in search of an award-winning cake recipe.
Free to primary schools, the RASWA FarmED curriculum-linked program was introduced in response to national research that showed children had little idea as to where their food actually comes from.
RASWA president Rob Wilson said the play was an exciting way to get youngsters interested in agriculture.
“It is all to do with the value of agriculture, and how education can play an important role in erasing the urban and rural divide,” Dr Wilson said.
“By bringing the farm story and experience to the classroom, children gain knowledge of their food, where it comes from and how it is produced.
“It also gives them some understanding and appreciation of the role of agriculture in the nation’s economy and future.”