2020 schools competition

We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend Schools’ Competition theme is “Dig in! to why farming matters.” The theme has been chosen to help the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) promote the ‘Dig in!’ resource as the UFU joined forces with Agri Aware to help primary school children understand what happens on farms. Nursery, primary and special schools are asked to put their creative skills to the test and take part in our exciting competition that Asda have kindly agreed to sponsor, which boasts a total cash prize of £1,440.

Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend is now in its ninth year and will be held on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2020. This free, educational event aimed at schools and families promotes the ‘Farm to Fork’ message. The message is delivered exclusively to pupils through a FREE interactive on-farm experience on Friday 12 June. Teachers have found these visits a useful tool in delivering foundation, key stage one and two curriculums, explaining the food journey. This coincides with the UFU and Agri Aware’s ‘Dig in’ resource.

Closing Date for entries is Friday 3 April.

The competition is split into four sections:

  • Foundation level (nursery, P1 and P2): “Why farming matters”– Decorate a picture of the farmer. (Male template) (Female template)
  • Key Stage 1 (P3 and P4): “Farming through the seasons” –Pupils should design a poster that resembles farming through one or more of the four seasons. (Key stage 1 template)
  • Key Stage 2 (P5-P7): Design a snack for break time from one or more of the following local ingredients: Oats; milk or dairy product; fruit or vegetable; meat. Pupils should design a recipe card, creating a snack for break time using one or more of the local ingredients listed above. (Key Stage 2 template)
  • Special schools: Pupils may enter any section of the competition.

Competition rules:

Nursery schools, P1, P2 and special schools: A template is enclosed, this may be photocopied as many times as required.

P3, P4 and special schools: Templates are provided however this is open to pupils’ own interpretation and there is no restriction on media used – painting, photography, video and mixed media artworks are all eligible. Physical entries must be maximum of A3 size. All entries must include the pupils name, year and school.

P5 – P7 and special schools: Templates are provided however this is open to pupils’ own interpretation and there is no restriction on media used – painting, photography, video and mixed media artworks are all eligible. Physical entries must be maximum of A3 size. All entries must include the pupils name, year and school.

Entries are non-returnable. The winning entries will be used by Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend and the UFU, and copyright will not apply. There is no limit to the number of entries and schools can photocopy the poster as many times as required. Originality and neatness will be taken into consideration during judging. The judges’ decision is final.

Prizes

  • £200 for the winning school in each section plus transport for a class to nearest participating open farm.
  • £40 for the winning pupil in each section.
  • £100 for the runner-up school in each section plus Bramley apple tree.
  • £20 for the runner-up pupil in each section.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Lynsay Hawkes at UFU HQ (028) 9037 0222 or lhawkes@ufuhq.com.

Send Entries to:                                                                           

BOIOFW Schools Competition

Ulster Farmers’ Union,

475 Antrim Road,

Belfast,

BT15 3DA

CLOSING DATE Friday 3 April 2020