29 April 2013 – April Showers: Lambs, Potatoes, Felling trees in our wood

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Apr 272013
 

April Showers – Lambs, Potatoes, Felling trees in our wood…

This program looks at April’s seasonal changes and happenings in the countryside, and down on the farm, a bit like the saying April Showers we see a cascade of new life and sowing for future new life.

Lambing – Follow lambing on Oliver’s Farm where we see lots of new born lambs and the work involved in looking after all these new lives, which involves both experienced shepherds and fresh, enthusiastic young shepherds.

Planting Potatoes – We see the first school visits of the year to Stockbridge Technology Centre and see the children and their teachers busy planting potatoes and wild flowers.

Return to wood for tree felling– Andrew Harrison explains why he is felling trees in Primrose Wood, we return a month later to see the effect.
Download teachers notes for this section – 

NATIONAL CURRICULUM SUBJECTS LINKS.

Citizenship KS 1 + 2

E.g. Shows how farmers look after animals as they give birth, and how the young must and new mothers must be looked after very carefully using both experience and new enthusiasm

Relevant QCA Schemes of Work

Unit 3 Animals and Us

Design and Technology KS 1 + 2

Looks how farmers use modern technology to grow crops and provide fresh 5-a-day produce
Relevant QCA Schemes of Work

Unit 1c Eat More Fruit and Vegetables

Science KS 1 + 2

The videos have lots of science links to the units listed below for example:

Shows the start of plants life cycles and what parts of a plant we use and harvest.  Looks at how we can help bees so important to many of the plant food crops we rely on

Some of machinery could be used to discuss pushes and pulls.

Relevant QCA Schemes of Work

Unit 1B. Growing plants.

Unit 1E Pushes and Pulls.

Unit 2A Health and Grow.

Unit 2B Plants and Animals.

Unit 3B. Helping plants grow well.

Unit 4B Habitats.

Unit 5B. Life cycles.

Unit 6A Interdependence and adaptation.

These are just the links we thought of – please let us know if you make any more!

ECO SCHOOL TOPIC LINKS

With apologies if we are ‘teaching grandma to suck eggs’ here are some of our thoughts on how our videos link to the Eco School Topics.

Showing pupils just which of their food products are grown in this country will give them important background knowledge when discussing transport, energy and global perspective of food production and the healthy living choices they make when they go to the shops.

Energy

  • Growing food and the associated energy costs of buying home grown food or imported food

Water

  • Use of water to grow plants

Biodiversity

  • How growing a bee larder can help school, garden and local biodiversity

School grounds

  • How the simple act of planting some wild flowers can help with the design and creation of new features in your school grounds

Healthy living

  • How growing your own produce can promote healthy living by promoting a healthy diet and also promoting exercise in the act of growing that produce. The improvement of school ground can also aid mental well being.

Transport

  • Reduce transport costs of food by growing your own local produce.

Litter

  • When carrying out gardening tasks introduce children to tidy habits – pick up all packaging and dispose of ‘thoughtfully’ – see waste
  • When outside be it school, garden or countryside “Take only photos Leave only footprints!”

Waste

  • Explain that gardening and farming is and always has been synonymous with recycling. Re-use seed trays, compost is made from last years ‘recycled’ plants. Think twice abut where to put litter – bin or recycle?

Global citizenship

  • Explain how even the little things we do – where how food comes from, how much we recycle, our biodiversity, can affect the whole world be it good or bad!



Apr 272013
 

We are offering a limited number of schools (Hull, East or North Yorkshire area) a chance to take part in the pilot of an exciting, science curriculum linked Discovering Science on the Farm Project “Food production in a changing climate” , involving farm visits, growing in school, lesson plans, video blog, Twitter and Facebook updates.


Here’s Robert to explain further  – keep watching for sample lesson video

Pupils will follow the story of one of the farm’s food products, investigating the science farmer’s use in its production, and then produce their own “Discovering Science on the Farm Story” of this product using photos taken on their visit, images provided by the farmer and research from other websites and reading.

The “Discovering Science on the Farm Project” will form a theme of curriculum related lessons based around “Food production in a changing climate” for pupils which will involve:

The Programme

An exciting farm visit for one of your classes in June.

  • Up close and personal experience with some of our chickens which we have in our farmyard run.
  • See, hear, feel the various stages of our crops we grow – plants through to finished product!
  • A chance to see some of our beef cattle (time of year dependant)
  • Investigate and learn from our conservation areas of the farm….how many bugs can we find?
    • Why are they important to our farm?
  • Tractor and trailer ride for the whole class – take in the view over the Vale of York
    • How many wind turbines and power stations can the children see?
  • A chance to visit up close our 50KW wind turbine producing all the electricity for the Free-Range chicken sheds.
  • See how our Free-Range chickens live
      • (Time of day depending) See how we collect and pack 24000 eggs every day in our packing shed.
  • See and investigate some of the big machines that we use to cultivate and harvest our crops.

Mr Rook will host other classes by arrangement outside the curriculum lesson programme and we will put you in direct contact for these visits.

Autumn 2013

Starting in September 2013 and based on the proposed new Science Curriculum document a programme of farm visits directly linked to the learning outcomes detailed in the programme of study. We will work closely with each pilot school to produce these themes; with us doing most of the work and the pilot schools teacher making suggestions and giving feedback.

  • A farm visit in October highlighting plantings of new crops and livestock winter preparations.
  • A second farm visit in June 2014 to follow the crops and livestock as the annual  seasons progress.

We aim to produce six lessons plans, specifically using the farms as the practical example, to develop the Science curriculum concepts and learning outcomes.  An example for upper Key Stage 2/Lower Key Stage 3 is available to download below and the associated video can be seen in the video player above.

It is by no means a final document and this is the area we would really appreciate your help and ideas so that we provide you with something useful that you can use to support your teaching.

These lesson plans and farm visits will be supported by 10/12 minute videos as well as our regular fortnightly programs which follow the crops and livestock through the seasons and the food production annual cycle.  We believe this will bring an understanding to the children of weather and other factors which affect food security for their future.

We will run a competition for your school class where they choose a food and follow it from field to their own plates.   We will help them research and provide background information for them to build their project, including cameras for use on their farm visits.

‘Where food comes from’, ‘How it is produced’ and ‘Will farming will be able to feed the growing population without further damaging the planets resources’, are all topics which cannot be discussed without farm visits. Rural East Yorkshire offers a unique opportunity to teach these issues in familiar and accessible surroundings.

Download Farm info  Down Load sample lesson plan 

Contact me now to join or discuss further

 

15 April 2013 – Spring, late but….

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Apr 122013
 

Spring Marches On…

This program looks at more seasonal changes and happenings in the countryside, and down on the farm, as we are now in the middle of April with this very cold late spring.

  • Calving – We finally manage to capture some cows calving on film – full graphic details so beware! We show how soon a newborn calf is up and suckling it’s mother’s milk and also how the farmer’s jobs and responsibilities for this calf start from day 1
  • Sowing and harvesting – Whilst farmers are busy sowing crops such as peas and wheat in the fields, growers are already harvesting some of the crops like cucumbers, which are grown under glass.
  • Birds Courting – Wildlife is now bounding into spring with frogs and toads mating and producing spawn, birds are already courting to find mates and produce eggs. Also a timely reminder about dogs and the ‘Countryside Code’ during this important time for both wildlife and newborn calves and lambs

Download 15 April 2013 teachers notes

NATIONAL CURRICULUM SUBJECTS LINKS.

Citizenship KS 1 + 2

E.g. Shows how farmers look after animals.
Relevant QCA Schemes of Work
Unit 3 Animals and Us

Design and Technology KS 1 + 2

Looks how farmers use modern technology to grow crops and provide fresh 5-a-day produce

Relevant QCA Schemes of Work

Unit 1c Eat More Fruit and Vegetables

Geography KS 1+2

Give examples of what the countryside around your schools ‘local’ area will contain.

Relevant QCA Schemes of Work

Unit 1. Around our school – the local area

Unit 6. Investigating our local area

Science KS 1 + 2

The videos have lots of science links to the units listed below for example:
Shows the start of plants life cycles and what parts of a plant we use and harvest.
Looks at how we can help bees so important to many of the plant food crops we rely on
Some of machinery could be used to discuss pushes and pulls.
Relevant QCA Schemes of Work
Unit 1B. Growing plants.
Unit 1E Pushes and Pulls.
Unit 2A Health and Grow.
Unit 2B Plants and Animals.
Unit 3B. Helping plants grow well.
Unit 4B Habitats.
Unit 5B. Life cycles.
Unit 6A Interdependence and adaptation.
These are just the links we thought of – please let us know if you make any more!

ECO SCHOOL TOPIC LINKS

With apologies if we are ‘teaching grandma to suck eggs’ here are some of our thoughts on how our videos link to the Eco School Topics
Showing pupils just which of their food products are grown in this country will give them important background knowledge when discussing transport, energy and global perspective of food production and the healthy living choices they make when they go to the shops.

Energy

Growing food and the associated energy costs of buying home grown food or imported food
Water

Use of water to grow plants

Biodiversity

How growing studying local habitats and where pest are found can help local biodiversity
School grounds

How the simple act of hunting for mini-beasts can help build up a picture of the school grounds in preparation for the design and creation of new features in your school grounds
Healthy living

How growing your own produce can promote healthy living by promoting a healthy diet and also promoting exercise in the act of growing that produce. The improvement of school ground can also aid mental well being.
Transport

Reduce transport costs of food by growing your own local produce.

Litter

When carrying out gardening tasks introduce children to tidy habits – pick up all packaging and dispose of ‘thoughtfully’ – see waste
When outside be it school, garden or countryside “Take only photos Leave only footprints!”

Waste

Explain that gardening and farming is and always has been synonymous with recycling. Re-use seed trays, compost is made from last years ‘recycled’ plants. Think twice abut where to put litter – bin or recycle?
Global citizenship

Explain how even the little things we do – where how food comes from, how much we recycle, our biodiversity, can affect the whole world be it good or bad!