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KS3: Down on the Farm

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Summary

Follow a group of Year 8 pupils from St Bartholomew's School in the rural town of Newbury as they visit the organic Rushall Farm in Berkshire.

As these pupils demonstrate, even children from rural areas can often have very little idea of countryside issues and how they relate to the food on their plate.

Recent research suggests that a generation of "concrete children" are growing up in England, with an estimated 1.1 million pupils never visiting the countryside. These children are likely to have a very limited understanding of how the food chain works.

Launched in September 2007, the Year of Food and Farming aims to change this trend by promoting a positive image of food production in Britain and enabling children to learn more about the environment through first-hand learning experiences on farms.

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