12 November 2012 – Preserving the past – memories and food!


“It takes twenty years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only twenty seconds of war to destroy him…. ”   (Baudouin I, King of Belgium)

12 November 2012 – Preserving – memories, food and wool

This program is slightly longer than normal due to the WWII first hand accounts none of which we wanted to cut out. So instead of the program playing right through it is split into the sections listed below to allow to watch them in smaller ‘Learning Bites’. Please let us know how this goes – if you prefer it for future programs?

  • Yorkshire Wolds WWII Memories – See some of the things which happened on the Yorkshire Wolds during World War 2. Features memories from several local people who experienced it first hand, Hull Blitz, Evacuees and POWs
  • How can you enjoy your 5-a-day all year round? This looks at the different ways we use to preserve food so we can enjoy it out of season. Freeze it! Cool it! Fly it! Cover it! Time it!
  • Wool Processing – See what happened to the sheep’s fleece you saw clipped from the sheep last summer.

Download teachers notes for this section – Preserving the past – memories, food and wool.

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
  • G Ellerington – retired farmer
  • R Stephenson – retired farmer
  • C Welford – retired farmer who was a young boy during Tank Training on the Wolds
  • A Thompson – lived in Hull during Blitz
  • Eden Camp – A great place to visit for World War 2 topics  Eden camp website
  • Hull History Centre – Hull History Centre Website
  • Home Guard Website http://www.home-guard.org.uk/


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!