Why Farming Matters

Welcome to Why Farming Matters

Welcome to Why Farming Matters, a teaching resource containing a wealth of activity ideas for Key Stage 2 classes. Teachers can select individual activities or deliver them all as part of a topic on food and farming. 

On this website, you can download the Why Farming Matters e-book. The previous edition was 5-star recommended by the TES Resource Team for the 2014 National Curriculum, and has now been totally revised and updated with new food and farming content for 2015.

For each of the activities in Why Farming Matters, this site provides supplementary resources and guidance. Pick an activity from the e-book, and then choose the corresponding section from the left hand menu of the site to find downloads, links and helpful suggestions. 

Why Farming Matters is a collaborative project by Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) and the National Farmers' Union (NFU). 

If you have found new ways to use the activities in your classroom, let us know by contacting  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so that we can share them with other teachers on this site. 

We hope you enjoy using Why Farming Matters.

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 English Language Version

As of November 2016, in partnership with NFU Cymru we are really pleased to offer a Welsh language version of the popular Why Farming matters pack for download, alongside the other digital resources on this site.

O fis Tachwedd 2016 ymlaen, mewn partneriaeth ag NFU Cymru, rydym yn falch iawn i gynnig fersiwn yn yr iaith Gymraeg o’r pecyn poblogaidd Pam Fod Ffermio’n Bwysig i’w lawr-lwytho, ochr yn ochr â ’r adnoddau digidol ar y wefan hon.


Activity English Maths Science Art and Design Geography
Getting started    
Drama, drought and deluge    
Postcards from vegetables        
Fruity diaries    
Habitats and food chains      
Hedge/pond for sale      
Water use        
Energy for the future      
Produce in the flag    
Farming diary        
Country collage        
What would you grow?      
Where does our food come from?    
Have we always eaten the same food?    
Who provides our food?    
Farming maths