Discovering Our Countryside brings the world of farming and the countryside right into the classroom.

Why bring Discovering Our Countryside in to your classroom?

Being lucky enough to grow up on a farm, agriculture has always been my passion and an important part of my life, first as a farmer producing food, then as a science teacher, showing film I had taken of piglets being born and helping children discover where their food comes from. While not everyone can grow up on a farm I would like more people to experience the day to day life of a farm - using today's technology I have done my best to offer this with Discovering-Our-Countryside.

Benefits of having the Discovering Our Countryside farm yard into your classroom? 

My passion for sharing and experience of agriculture led me to develop teach.discovering-our-countryside an innovative virtual learning platform (VLE) which contains a series of farming, growing and food production teaching resources in line with the new curriculum for September 2014. These include engaging video diaries, teachers' packs and student workbooks - each subject is designed as a self contained, yet integrated lesson plan that builds up the pupils' knowledge and interest in the countryside.

How to get the Discovering Our Countryside farm yard into your classroom? 

Well watch the videos of why, how and then make it so with our free trial - details below or click to Discovering-Our-Countryside Free Trial Now

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The Discovering-Our-Countryside themes:

  • Yr1-2 Are your pets really alive?
  • Yr1-2 Plants - what use are they?
  • Yr3-4 What goes in....
  • Yr3-4 Follow the poo...
  • Yr5-6 Can sheep really read numbers?
  • Yr5-6 Farmers V Bugs - It's WAR!

provide you with all you need to teach key points of the science curriculum, both plant and animal. The resources include schemes of work, videos to watch, suggested lesson activities, growing tips and ideas and downloadable pupil workbooks. The pupil workbooks are linked to each lesson and allow pupils to record their learning, the VLE also provides an interactive quiz for each lesson so you and the pupils can check their learning together at the end of each lesson. There are also homework sheets for each theme which involves pupils watching videos from discovering-our-countryside this will help them to take their learning home, reinforcing their classroom learning and sharing it with their parents.

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The themes / courses are listed below - click on a title to log in as a guest and see a sample

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Are your pets alive?

Based around the year 1 and 2 Science curriculum of living things, animals plants and seasonal changes, but also featuring links to Design Technology, Geography and History. This theme incorporates school lessons and activities both indoor and outdoor which through out the years natural and farming cycles cover:

1. Looking after animals. See how they develop from birth to adult-  Autumn or Spring Term

2. Growing Plants in school and experiencing how they develop from seed to fruit - Spring or Summer Term
Using the products of the school harvest - Summer Term

3. Throughout the year pupils will see how farmers and growers keep animals and grow plants to produce the food you can buy in shops

4. Throughout the year pupils will see how farmers and growers keep animals and grow plants to produce the food you can buy in shops

Plants What use are they?

Summary of theme

Theme is introduced with entry point video which is designed to capture pupils interest and get them to think about plants and why they might be important in their lives.

Pupils then grow their own seeds to help them the parts of plants and what they need to survive.


What goes in....

Based around the year 3 and 4 Science curriculum of living things, animals  and plants , but also featuring links to Design Technology, Geography and History. This theme incorporates school lessons and activities both indoor and outdoor which through out the years natural and farming cycles cover:

1. Looking after animals, in terms of how just like humans they need a balanced healthy diet -  Autumn or Spring Term

2. Growing Plants in school and experiencing how they develop from seed to fruit - Spring or Summer Term

3. Using the products of the school harvest - Summer Term

4. Throughout the year pupils will see how farmers and growers keep animals and grow plants to produce the food you can buy in shops

 

Click on course title to log in as a guest and see a sample video

Summary of Theme

Follow PooEntry 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:

  • Why is animal poo spread on fields?
  • Is this good for the environment?
  • Why does it not make food grown on the very same fields taste of poo?

Pupils would not be expected to answer these questions at this stage - it is more designed to get them thinking about animals. their manure, plants and food. These questions will be answered by the end of the theme. The overall theme is covered in two sections: animals (previous part) and plants ( this section ideal for spring or summer term)


Can Sheep read?

Based around the year 5 and 6 Science curriculum of living things, animals, evolution and inheritance, but also featuring links to Design Technology, Geography and History. This theme incorporates school lessons and activities both indoor and outdoor which through out the years natural and farming cycles cover:

1. How farmers select animals to breed from as a way into teaching about evolution and inheritance -  Autumn or Spring Term

2. Growing Plants in school and experiencing how they develop from seed to fruit - Spring or Summer Term

3. Using the products of the school harvest - Summer Term

4. Throughout the year pupils will see how farmers and growers keep animals and grow plants to produce the food you can buy in shops

Summary of theme

Farmers V Bugs?

Entry point introduces theme with video showing pests, diseases, weeds and weather (bugs) which can attack crops and animals that farmers produce our food from this introduces topic with a 'Big Idea'

Idea behind video is to get pupils to think about the bugs farmers must fight in order to produce our food. The theme gets pupils to look at the 'Food Stories' of some foods: Potatoes, Wheat, Milk and Oilseed Rape.

Then pupils are shown how the production of these foods can be affected by pests, disease, weeds and weather and what farmers do to try and overcome these 'bugs'

Once pupils have this knowledge they are then able to debate the weapons a farmer uses in this war and the consequences of these choices. The theme finishes by look at some of the new technology which could be used in the future to produce our food.

The Eat Well HarvestThe GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course focuses on

  • Practical cooking skills
  • Food Provenance
  • Working Characteristics of food materials

Using or wide network of farmers, growers, food producers, food retailers our award winning Inspiring Educators will

  • provide training and support for teachers
  • help and support for pupil visits
  • teaching resources and videos via our VLE


What goes in....

Based around the year 3 and 4 Science curriculum of living things, animals  and plants , but also featuring links to Design Technology, Geography and History. This theme incorporates school lessons and activities both indoor and outdoor which through out the years natural and farming cycles cover:

1. Looking after animals, in terms of how just like humans they need a balanced healthy diet -  Autumn or Spring Term

2. Growing Plants in school and experiencing how they develop from seed to fruit - Spring or Summer Term

3. Using the products of the school harvest - Summer Term

4. Throughout the year pupils will see how farmers and growers keep animals and grow plants to produce the food you can buy in shops

 

Click on course title to log in as a guest and see a sample video


Can Sheep read?

Based around the year 5 and 6 Science curriculum of living things, animals, evolution and inheritance, but also featuring links to Design Technology, Geography and History. This theme incorporates school lessons and activities both indoor and outdoor which through out the years natural and farming cycles cover:

1. How farmers select animals to breed from as a way into teaching about evolution and inheritance -  Autumn or Spring Term

2. Growing Plants in school and experiencing how they develop from seed to fruit - Spring or Summer Term

3. Using the products of the school harvest - Summer Term

4. Throughout the year pupils will see how farmers and growers keep animals and grow plants to produce the food you can buy in shops

This course is for schools visiting Wold Farm Driffield 

Wold farm

Schools will visit the farm and then be given the chance to do some follow up activities back in school.

Discovering Science on the Farm Summer 2014 is based around a farm visit in Summer 2014.

Schools will visit the farm and then be given the chance to do some follow up activities back in school.

The Discovering Our Countryside Video Diary programs with:

  • script
  • teachers notes
  • Curriculum Links

What the Teach Discovering Our Countryside Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers you, your classroom/pupils and your school?

Poo Flavour Crisps

Complete, (include lessons plans, schemes of work, pupils workbooks) cross-curriculum linked teaching themes for KS1 & KS2 which will captures children's imagination in a new and innovative way as they wonder why we don't get poo flavoured crisps from fields farmers have spread manure on!

These complete schemes of work will help you embed food and farming in your schools curriculum and link to any food and farming visits your school does.

What the Teaching themes offer

Free sample below

Your free samples of teaching resources for Discovering Our Countryside Teaching Themes are available below for following themes:

Curriculum Links

  • Yr 1-2 Are all your pets really alive?
  • Yr 3-4 What goes in
  • Yr 5-6 Can sheep really read numbers?

Each theme sample Includes:

  • Entry Point videos for each of themes
  • First page of Pupil Work Book
  • Questions to use on board for AfL / to help pupils mark their own Work

If you like what you see then Sign up for Free Trial Now and have access to full versions in school for a short trial.

Farm VisitThe Discovering Our Countryside Autumn 2013 Programs from www.Discovering-Our-Countryside.co.uk with teachers notes, curriculum links and program scripts to download


Autumn Farm VisitsDiscovering Science on the Farm Autumn 2013 is based around a farm visit in Autumn 2013.

Schools will visit the farm and then be given the chance to do some follow up activities back in school.