There is a school of educational thought which believes many people learn more by talking than listening, so we produce a range of resources including films to encourage debate.
Whilst some classes enjoy great discussions, in others, one or two students may dominate the debate. There are often many who prefer to keep quiet in front of others, but who are happy to discuss in small groups.
So, as well as films, we produce a range of small group discussion activities to engage your quieter students. Please download our provide films and other resources at the links below. You can also order a free DVDROM plus printed materials. Please specify PSHCE or the subject you want this for.
- Personality Test – pupils love quizzes! They can use this to analyse their philosophical approach to the use of animals for food. Should we put people first, safeguard the environment, prioritise animal welfare or respect the rights of animals?
- How Should We Treat Farm Animals? – small group discussion activity which encourages students to consider the pros and cons of different systems for producing meat, milk and eggs including organic, free-range and intensive.
- How Do Animals Matter? A range of philosophical viewpoints – card exercise with a range of opinions designed to encourage open ended discussion, from our original Farm Animals & Us Teachers’ Pack
- Farm Animals & Us – 17 minute film for students aged 10 & over covering intensive and alternative farming methods and their effect on the welfare of farm animals
- Farm Animals & Us 2 – 25 minute film for students aged 14 to adult which covers the same subject in more detail.
- A Life Worth Living – 5 minute film with five short sections of positive animal behaviour without commentary to encourage observation and discussion
Invite a speaker
You can also enrich your lessons by inviting a speaker to talk to your students. This service is available to schools and colleges in England and Wales, subject to availability. It is normally free, though some speakers appreciate travelling expenses if they have a way to come, but only if you have the budget for it.
For a historical view of campaigns to ban barren battery cages and sow stalls at the turn of the century, we have archive booklets on Campaigning for Farm Animals along with teachers’ notes. We still have free hard copies of these available, as long as stocks last, if you would like to order a class set. Information of these and other resources can be found on our archive pages.
Free printed copies and our Farm Animals & Us DVDROM can be ordered here. You are also very welcome to order materials, request download links, invite a speaker or ask us any question about our resources directly by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention which subject you want the resources for or specify which resources you would like.
Finally, you don’t need to wait for us to send you our films and worksheets. You can download our films and teachers’ resources for free now!
The way our food is produced is a growing topic of debate. Discussing the rights and wrongs of the ways we treat animals for food is a great way of engaging children in discussion. It is a chance to discuss their own philosophy, their impact on the world and the role of campaign organisations to initiate change.Download: Educational Films And Resources | Size (0.12MB)