Year 3-4 and Year 5-6

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)


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

 

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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.