Farming & Agriculture
Amy and Phoenix is set on a farm, which has a range of animals. It explores daily life and the realities of farm life.
What children will learn about farming in Amy and Phoenix:
1. Some of the difficulties such as predators attacking the stock e.g. foxes, and survival of the fittest.
2. Where food, such as milk, comes from (it doesn't come from a milk bottle); also pork comes from pigs etc. In association with reading the story, children can be taught about production chains.
3. About the role of the farmer and the point that anything that
is raised or grown on a farm depends on him or her. Many of the activities Mr Pringle does in the story relate to caring for
the animals, feeding and watering, cleaning, building and fixing things. The chores the children have on the farm such as collecting the eggs are also highlighted.
need food, shelter and proper care to grow healthy and happy. The story shows the role of a vet.
5. The story highlights the life cycles of farm animals. Being on a farm brings the joys of new life and the sadness
of lost life.
6. Weather affects farming on a daily basis though farmers have no control over. Rain is
extremely important but too much is never good. Extreme heat or extreme
cold has it affect on everything and everyone on a farm.
In the story, Dad considers sending Phoenix to the RSPCA farm. This can lead to discussions and research on what animal welfare organisations or charities do.
The RSPCA’s mission is to prevent cruelty to animals by actively
promoting their care and protection. To achieve this, the RSPCA works to
enforce animal cruelty laws and prompt new legislation where required.
The RSPCA also operates animal care and adoption facilities, and seeks
to raise community awareness regarding the humane treatment of animals.
In addition, the RSPCA works with government and industry to establish
standards for animal care.
The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) works closely with the farming sector to make a positive impact on the lives of farm production animals by providing an environment that meets their behavioural and physiological needs.
Advocating or Standing Up for Beliefs
In the story Amy is adamant that she is going to save Phoenix from being put down and then once she achieves this she wants to save him from going to the RSPCA farm. With the help of her sister Amy is able to.
Children usually learn how to write a persuasive letter in English, but there are other ways children can advocate or stand up for an issue they are passionate about. The story lends itself to brainstorming methods and even trying some of them out in the real world.
This website link has some great ideas - from acts of kindness towards other children, to visiting the local animal shelter and volunteering, to writing to local politicians about issues they feel passionate about.
This website explains the different types of advocacy: