The Country Life...
A play of primary proportions
PLOT: Janet, an ambitious girl working for a prestigious publishing company in the city, is sent to a small country town in search of an award-winning sponge cake recipe. The baker, not willing to give up his recipe lightly, sends Janet on a wild goose chase through the countryside in search of the 'secret ingredient'. As the stakes rise, a hilarious sequence of events unfolds, teaching children about agriculture (see below), lifestyle choices, careers and personal values.
DURATION: 45 minutes
SUITABLE FOR: K to Year 6
CURRICULUM MAPPING: Australian Curriculum
RESOURCES: Extensive Resources provided by the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia
The RAS together with education consultants have developed teacher resources that include pre and post student activities. These activities allow the conversation about sustainability, food and security, technology and careers in agriculture to continue in the classroom.
ABOUT: A Country Life is a musical theatre program commissioned by the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (RASWA) in response to national research that showed children were often in the dark about the origin of food their families buy at local supermarkets.
The play focuses on:
Sustainability – children will develop an understanding of the crucial methods farmers and those connected with the agricultural industry use to continue ongoing food production for our rapidly increasing population, well into the future.
Food production and security – brings an awareness of the variety of foods WA produces so students will draw a parallel between their natural state, and the products on supermarket shelves.
Technology in agriculture – gives an appreciation of the core technologies used on farms to maintain and support food production.
Careers in agriculture – roles within the industry are vast as are specific educational courses to ensure a viable profession.
Teacher resources include pre and post student activities. These activities allow the conversation about sustainability, food and security, technology and careers in agriculture to continue in the classroom.
The play is accompanied by a Farmer Presentation which consists of a petting zoo, wheat milling activity and Farmer Talk.
Note: The above link will take you to the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia website where you can make further enquiries and book The Country Life program.