STUDENTS at Manning Primary School were treated to a smorgasbord of life on a farm when the Royal Agriculture Society of WA (RASWA) brought it to the stage.
Rolled out to about 50 WA schools this year, the RASWA production of The Country Life featured an interactive and education mixture of songs, dance and puppetry while promoting agricultural careers.
The production was a part of the RASWA FarmED program which was free for primary schools.
The curriculum-linked program was introduced in response to national research that showed children had little idea as to where the food from supermarkets came from.
RASWA president Rob Wilson said bringing the story to the stage helped children to understand the agriculture industry.
“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,” he 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.”