Pupils find out how their food gets from the field to the table

The Willows Primary School and Alex Mann Picture: VIV HUNT

The Willows Primary School and Alex Mann Picture: VIV HUNT - Credit: Viv Hunt

Having evolved from steam-powered traction engines which took the jobs of heavy horses, today’s tractors have amazing capabilities compared with their forebears.

Bedfield CEVCP School and Robert Rous Picture: CHARLOTTE NEWSON

Bedfield CEVCP School and Robert Rous Picture: CHARLOTTE NEWSON - Credit: Charlotte Newson

Costing anything up to £70,000, and somtimes higher, today’s state-of-the-art machines carry sophisticated computer equipment linked to satellites which enables the tractor to cover a field to get maximum benefit from the crops – even dispatching different amounts of fertiliser to where the crop’s needs are greatest.

Examples of such powerful machines have been taken into Suffolk’s playgrounds for pupils to learn about the role of farmers and how food gets from the field to the table for this year’s Tractors into Schools event.

Organised by Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA), more than 55 farmers shared their expertise and passion for food and farming.

Pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 took part, incorporating the visits into their lessons.

Great Barton CE Primary Academy with the tractor that visited the school Picture: KATE PIZZEY

Great Barton CE Primary Academy with the tractor that visited the school Picture: KATE PIZZEY - Credit: KATE PIZZEY

Saxmundham Primary School and farmer Michael Clarke Picture: UNDERWOOD

Saxmundham Primary School and farmer Michael Clarke Picture: UNDERWOOD - Credit: Underwood

Stratford St Mary Primary School enjoyed taking part Picture: RACHELLE JONES

Stratford St Mary Primary School enjoyed taking part Picture: RACHELLE JONES - Credit: RACHELLE JONES

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Framlingham College Prep School and farmer Bruce Kerr Picture SONJA MOON

Framlingham College Prep School and farmer Bruce Kerr Picture SONJA MOON - Credit: Sonja Moon

Framlingham College Prep School and farmer Bruce Kerr Picture SONJA MOON

Framlingham College Prep School and farmer Bruce Kerr Picture SONJA MOON - Credit: Sonja Moon

Reydon Primary School and Sam Fairs, HillFairs Picture: CAROLINE FISHER

Reydon Primary School and Sam Fairs, HillFairs Picture: CAROLINE FISHER - Credit: Caroline Fisher

Copdock Primary and Geoff Mayhew Picture: DEBBIE KNIGHTS

Copdock Primary and Geoff Mayhew Picture: DEBBIE KNIGHTS - Credit: Debbie Knights


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