11th June 2012 – Athletic Snails, Micro Bugs Yum! Yum!

 

 Athletic Snails, Micro Bugs Yum! Yum! 11th June 2012

This program looks Athletic Snails, Bugs in cows and sheep and how your strawberries get to Wimbledon.

  • Athletic Snails – How slugs and snails are a pest for both farmers and gardeners. Then we look at what medal a snail might win at the Olympics – to give them a chance we scale them up to be the same size as humans
  • Bugs in Cows and sheep – We look at how ruminants rely of micro-beasts in their 4 stomachs to help them digest grass making them very important to food production as this allows us to produce food from land we would not otherwise be able to use.
  • Yum! Yum1 Strawberries – We look at how strawberries are produced in time for Wimbledon snacks.

Download teachers notes for this section – Athletic Snails, Micro Bugs Yum! Yum!.

The snail racing kits, with stickers, guide etc can be downloaded from the Nature Detectives website
http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk/download/snail_racing_kit.htm
 
The video of the ruminant bugs inside the ruminants stomach where kindly provided by
Professor R.J. Wallace B.Sc., Ph.D.,
Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health,
University of Aberdeen

NATIONAL CURRICULUM SUBJECTS LINKS.

Maths KS 1 + 2

The snails activity lends itself to various maths activities the level and support needed will depend on the pupils and is best set by you as their teacher.

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

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!