May 292015
 
Teachers learn about organic crops grown at Carr House Farm

Teachers learn about organic crops grown at Carr House Farm

Teachers, from Hull and East Riding schools, have been inspired during their first visits to farms and local food producers as part of an innovative project in conjunction with Hull Tidal Teaching School and ‘Discovering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). The project is designed to allow local food producers and teachers to work collaboratively so they can support each other in educating pupils and their families as to how and where their local food is produced.

Earlier this month teachers visited Carr House Farm and Wold Farm both near Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Carr House Farm

The history links in agriculture - How crops used to be harvested.

The history links in agriculture – How crops used to be harvested.

Carr House Farm, owned by the Sellers Family, is an organic farm which uses the wheat and other crops it grows, plus apples from its organic orchard to produce bread various other baked products and apple juice.

The New Curriculum has completed its first cycle and these experiences will enable teachers to revise and refine their curriculum plans forging greater, detailed links between food and farming.

 

 

 

Kneading dough to make bread

Kneading dough to make bread

Mrs Caroline Sellers showed teachers how the wheat grown and then milled on the farm can be used to bake bread in the Side Oven, wood fire oven. During school visits pupils are able to make their own bread.

 

 

 

 

Carr Farm Orchard

Carr Farm Orchard

Mr Sellers showing teachers the organic orchard, where the apples are farmed to produce their own apple juice.

 

 

Wold Farm

Wold Farm, a mixed farm, producing beef and arable crops is situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Learning about Beef Cattle

Learning about Beef Cattle

Mr Paul Temple explains how his farming operates producing beef cattle and crops.Learning about Oilseed Rape
Learning about the crops plant cycle – Oilseed Rape,

A manmade pond  provides water in the dry Wolds landscape

A manmade pond provides water in the dry Wolds landscape

As farmers care for the environment wide field margins provide a natural habitat for plants wildlife and insects. Manmade ponds provide much needed water in the dry Wolds environment..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 182015
 

18 May 2015: Green Green Growth of May

  • Allotment – Planting runner beans, corgettes and brassicas in with or without a garden.
  • Planting…– We see the schools visiting Stockbridge Technology Centre planting lettuce and then see how farmers plant lettuce and sprouts on a commercial scale.
  • Pigs for bacon – The pigs we have followed from farrowing are weighed to see if they are ready for bacon. We also follow a local butcher as he explains how a pig carcass in butchered into the various pork and bacon cuts

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!

May 042015
 

5 May 2015 – April Showers – still!

  • 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.
  • Composting on our Allotment – Looks at recycling plant materials and grass cutting to make compost our our allotment.

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!