Involving children in risk on farms

A resource to support teachers and farmers in helping children develop age-appropriate understanding of risk during a farm visit through active learning.

This resource aims to support teachers and farmers when guiding groups of children on farm visits.

It gives practical experiences to children, through active-learning scenarios, allowing them to engage and interact with farm hazards in a controlled environment, avoiding giving children a prescribed set of do's and don'ts. Rather, it aims to let children learn about potential hazards in a fun and exciting way.

Whilst child safety is an adult responsibility, children can learn age-appropriate knowledge and skills for identifying, assessing and dealing with farm injury risk as they grow. This resource supports this process and fosters the development of positive safety attitudes, behaviours and decision-making.

As many children already visit farms every year as part of other curriculum studies, eg learning where their food comes from, this is an easy vehicle for schools to enhance their PSHE provision whilst involving children in critical thinking and problem-solving tasks at the same time, thus making the most of their time at the farm. The activities can be used as part of an existing farm visits programme. It is not suggested you run visits focused purely on health and safety, though of course, this would be possible.

Whilst the activities are mainly devised to take place on a farm, some can be used or adapted for a classroom setting. Farmers and teachers have found that learning is most engaging and effective if it takes place as part of a farm visit. The activities have been piloted successfully on farms with real farmers, children and teachers!

The resource includes background information including some links to the national curriculum and framed around topics, which can be used individually as activities.