We asked farmers and nature enthusiasts to tell us about plants and animals, their homes, how they grow, the tools they use and what they are passionate about. Have a listen to their short audio stories and get in very close to nature, food and farming!
This guide has been developed to help you integrate these audio stories easily into your lessons. They are ideal to bring the sounds of nature and farming into your classroom to engage your pupils in the wonder of the natural world. A range of classroom activities are provided, along with links to the National Curriculum in England. The list of activities is not exhaustive, as many of the audio stories lead themselves to literacy and numeracy learning, as well as other cross-curricular approaches. Download the guide, select a story below and have a listen!
Looking at birds beaks or bills is a bit like being in a farmer’s tool shed.
Wonders of cows
Jo loves her cows, you can hear it when she describes them!
Have you ever heard a dawn chorus of chickens?
Leaves we eat
Sally’s fields of leaves are a colourful work of art.
Matthew tells us all about his favourite tool, his tractor!
Andrew’s sheep are so keen for their breakfast they sound like a rugby scrum!
Roly’s dog Belle’s his best friend and one of his most important tools on the farm.
Roots we eat
Sally introduces us to the many colours of root vegetables in her farm shop.
Seeds of life
Seeds for food for people and seeds for wild birds and animals.
Mill the seed
Listen to the power of Mark Abel’s wind-powered mill stones grinding fine, warm flour.
Our daily bread
Bev and her visitors grind, knead and pummel to bake bread. Delicious!
These skyscraper homes for insects and small animals are beneficial for everything!
Andrew tells us about the beetle bank between his fields of onions.
Winter is wet
Andrew describes the winter tasks he does when it is too wet to get out onto his fields.
Story of milk
Take a walk with Jo on the daily milking routine.
Summer is never lonely with birds, insects and farmers busy in the fields.
Andrew digs up some clover, home to millions of bacteria making fertile soil.
Did you know a swallow only weighs as much as a pound coin?
Andrew is putting down bedding for his ewes in his barn which is also a winter home for baby barn owls.
Ever wondered what it’s like inside a bird’s nest? Have a listen to Dave and find out!