2013 Wildlife & Countryside Posts


#Farming Bites: a new way to learn. Watching these sections of the Discovering Our Countryside programs will show the seasonal wildlife changes. This will give your pupils small regular video bites of learning gradually building up their knowledge of science units such as: 1b Growing , 2b Plants and animals, 2c Variation, 3b Plants Grow Well, 5b Life Cycles and Design Technology units such as: 1c Eat More Fruit and Veg, 5b Bread, 5d Biscuits

Learning will be just like growing up with the farm yard and countryside in your classroom



All the wildlife and countryside related parts of recent programs are available on the video player above. Over the coming weeks we will see how the ‘wild’ countryside changes over the seasons.

2 December 2013 – Preparing for Winter

  • Using Wildlife to help you celebrate Christmas. – Gives details of how to make a traditional Christmas Wreath decoration using foliage from the countryside.

11 November 2013 – Managing the seasons

  • Helping wildlife with the seasons. – Shows how you can help the wildlife cycle by feeding birds in your garden or school. This section gives you advice and tips on feeding birds and also how you can make your own fat balls.

21 October 2013 – The ABC of Farming

  • Wildlife is seasonal too– Explains how birds migrate here not only in the summer but also the winter. Asks them to look for some winter migratory birds

7 October 2013 – Preparing for Winter

  • Wildlife must prepare for Winter – Explains how farmers help insects survive winter and how you can too at your school.

23 September 2013 – Using the products of harvest

  • Natures larder – How natures larder does not last all winter and needs help to sustain wildlife until the spring.

8 July 2013 – Summer Crops, Dairy Products Things to do over Summer…

  • Out and about in summer – Give Mario a break! Things to look out this summer. Also looks at some outdoor activities for school and summer holidays.

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24 June 2013 – Hedgerow Feasts, Cow’s Stomach feasts, Tasty feasts.

  • Hedgerow feasts –.We look at some of the plants and animals you may find in a hedgerow and how we can link these in food chains.

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10 June 2013 – Summer brings; grass, beetroot, ripe tomatoes, life to hedgerows…

  • Grass at Last – We revisit the lambs we saw turned out after lambing and we see our calves getting their first taste of fresh grass
  • Beetroot Seed & Ripe Tomatoes – We say strange beetroot seed planted and then the tomatoes we saw planted, sorted by robots, pollinated by bees are finally picked and sorted ready for you to enjoy in the shops.
  • Hedgerows – We take a look at what a hedge is, what use it is and why they are important.

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13 May 2013 – Green Green Plants of May

  • Busy Birds – Lots of spring activity to look out for, birds building nests, singing and new chicks.

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

  • 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.

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15 April 2013 – Spring, late, but work goes on…..

  • 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

18 March 2013 – The ides of March are upon us!

  • Bees – Explains why bees are so important, giving a brief explanation of their role in the life cycle of a flowering plant.

Download teachers notes for this section – Ides of March.

4 March 2013 – Weather good or bad?

  • The snow hath retreated – Looks at the signs of spring. What can you look for as an indication that spring has sprung! Also how you and your school can get involved with helping scientists analyse if spring is getting earlier like some people believe.

Download teachers notes for this section – New Spring New Life

18 February 2013  – New life, follow it and even help!

  • Bird Nesting Boxes – helping new life. – Helping a little owl then how you can help birds after a hard winter. Jon Traill a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust field officer gives tips and advice on types of bird boxes and where to place them for best results.

Download teachers notes for this section – Winters slow to release its grip.

28 January – Beyond the Farm; Water Water

  • Water Water everywhere – We had intended to revisit our wood, but like everywhere else it is very wet or even flooded. So instead we look at the effects of the floods on farming and the countryside and also look at why water is so important to farming and food production.

Download teachers notes for this section – Beyond the Farm.

14 January 2013 – Computers in Agriculture + Year in a Wood

  • A year in a wood – we start our regular look in a wood. This program looks at what happens to the leaves which feel from the trees in Autumn and shows you how you can investigate the mini-beasts on leaf litter
    Download teachers notes for this section – Computers in Agriculture.

Order your Leaf Litter Bugs chart from Field Studies Council 

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