22 October 2012 – Re-starting natures annual cycle


“There is something about the outside of a horse… that is good for the inside of a man…. ”   (Winston Churchill)

This program sees how natures annual cycle is started again by farmers in the Autumn. How animals play a key role in this cycle with thier own poo cycle. The Wold Heritage section looks at the key role played by horses – both in the past and still even today by protecting the environment. This project  is part financed by  “Coast Wolds Waterways and Wetlands”  project part of the Defra RDPE – see more on the EU Commission’s rural development page

22 October 2012 – Horse Power – then and now, Poo Cycle, Crop Cycle

Download teachers notes for this section – Re-Starting Natures Annual Cycle.

  • Horse Power – important, then and now! Shows the part horses have played in the countryside, on farms, in war and still today saving our environment.
  • The Poo Cycle. How farm livestock re-cycle the products of harvest. This shows how livestock eat the products of harvest and produce manure for the farming to re-cycle by using on the crops he grows.
  • Re-starting the Crop Cycle – Shows farmers planting their Winter crops and thus re-starting the farming cycle.
Archive images credited in video by names listed below are reproduced by kind permission of following people or organisations: 
  • High Wolds – Dr Colin Hayfield and the High Wolds Heritage Group
  • Murton Park – Murton Park Yorkshire Museum of Farming http://www.murtonpark.co.uk/
  • Ryedale – Ryedale Folk Museum
  • G Ellerington – retired farmer
  • R Stephenson – Robert Stephenson retired farmer
  • S Harrison – Stephen Harrison, A Time to Reap: A celebration of East Yorkshire’s agricultural history, Driffield, Driffield Agricultural Society, 2000′
  • WWI Photos – Jane Jones  http://www.WW1Photos.com
  • Waggoners – Waggoners Museum Sledmere


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

History KS 1+2

Unit 2. What were homes like a long time ago?

Unit 11. What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?

Unit 12. How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?

Unit 18. What was it like to live here in the past?

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!


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.


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


  • Use of water to grow plants


  • 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.


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


  • 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!”


  • 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!