Discovering Learning in Sustainable Food Production
In preparation for the new curriculum we have produced a series of ‘Discovering Learning in Sustainable Food Production’ farming, countryside and food production based teaching themes. These are curriculum linked to Science, Design Technology, Geographyand History with lots of opportunities for links to other subjects, such as English, Maths and Art. The themes form part of a complete learning package
- The Discovering-Our-Countryside Video Diary – this site
- Teach Discovering Our Countryside Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) visit Teach.Discovering-Our-Countryside
- Grow 2 Educate – follow us on our allotment as we grow crops you could grow in school too – Visit Grow 2 Educate
- Food4 Me – ideas on how to eat and enjoy the produce you have grown, scheduled for Summer 2015
Discovering Our Countryside Video Diary
Discovering Our Countryside brings the world of farming and the countryside right into the classroom in the form of short regular programs about farming, horticulture, food production and the countryside. These programs are curriculum linked and help extend Grow4.Me by showing how the ‘grow your own’ food is grown on a larger scale. They can be accessed at home so can be used for homework and to allow pupils to share their learning at home.
Grow 2 Educate
Grow 2 Educate is a video diary of our allotment.
You don’t have to travel to see one of the wonders of nature – plant a seed watch a plant grow apparently from nothing, then enjoying the food it can produce can be done at home, on a window sill, patio or back garden.
Do this with children for the first time and get the added benefit of knowing you are starting them on the road to a healthy balanced diet as they are keen to try the tomatoes, peas, sweet corn, carrots and even sprouts they have grown themselves.
Follow Grow4.Me and we will help you do this and embed this in your classroom throughout the seasonal calendar that is growing your own. Visit Grow2Educate.co.uk now
Food 4 Me
How to enjoy the food you grow – scheduled for Summer 2015
This provides teaching themes via the Discovering-Our-Countryside Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Each theme begins with a suitable entry point designed to stimulate discussion around the themes contents. Experience as a farmer and teacher allows us to link these to the National Curriculum:with special emphasis on Science.
The Discovering-Our-Countryside Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provide all these materials as well as a video blog, Twitter and Facebook updates, for a small subscription per school. The VLE allows your school to interact with other schools, growers, farmers and food producers via the chat and forums on the VLE.
Pupils are able to learn and build up their knowledge of seasonality and how farmers and growers keep animals and grow plants to produce the food that can be bought in local shops. It’s all about where their food comes from.
Pupils can then produce their own story of various food products, with the aim of adding these to a website that will tell the story of our food.
Animal Based Themes
There are themes based around animals:
- Are all your pets really alive? (Years 1 & 2) Theme is introduced with entry point video which is designed to capture pupils interest and get them to think about animals, by showing different animals and what they do – especially poo! It also asks pupils to think about the things that animals do and how we might decide if they are alive or dead. Rest of theme then looks at some of the things animals which makes them alive like eat (Nutrition), poo (Excrete), Move, Grow and Reproduce
- What goes in….. (Years 3 & 4) Entry point introduces theme, it shows how farmers spread animal manure on the fields – fields which they then grow food crops on such as potatoes from which crisps are made. Having shown them this they are asked to think about several things:
- What happens to poo on farms?
- Why is it spread on fields?
- Why does it not make food grown on the very same fields taste of poo?
- Can sheep read numbers? (Year 5 & 6) Entry point introduces theme with video showing sheep with numbers painted on them and then asks “Can sheep read numbers?” this introduces topic with a ‘Big Idea’Idea behind video is to get pupils to think about how animals like sheep and lambs are different although this difference may not always be obvious to us
Plant Based Themes
We are currently working on themes based around plants – these will be ready for the spring and summer 2014 terms ready to try before the new curriculum in September 2014:
- How plants and animals grow and develop, from seed to fruit, birth to adult,
- Growing plants at school,
- Making healthy meals from this produce,
- Seeing how farmers and growers keep animals and grow plants to produce the food you can buy in shops.
Discovering-Our-Countryside Virtual Learning Environment
The Discovering-Our-Countryside Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides all these materials as well as a video blog, Twitter and Facebook updates. The VLE allows your school to interact with other schools, growers, farmers and food producers via the chat and forums on the VLE.
Pupils are able produce their own stories of various food products from farm to healthy food to eat. The aim is to build these up on a website telling the story of our food.
All this for an annual school subscription of just £100