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  • Discovering Our Countryside Teaching Themes - Sample

    What the Teach Discovering Our Countryside Teaching Themes offer you, your classroom/pupils and your school?

    Poo Flavour Crisps

    By using farm animals and crops our teaching themes and food stories will save you curriculum time as your pupils learn the required science of plants and animals they will at the same time understand seasonality, where food comes from and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared and processed. 

    Complete, (includes lessons plans, schemes of work, pupils workbooks) cross-curriculum linked teaching themes for KS1 & KS2 which will capture children's imagination in a new and innovative way as you teach them the science of animals and plants using our farm animals and food crops as examples and create cognitive conflict by asking them 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:

    • Yr 1-2 Are all your pets really alive?
    • Yr 1-2 Plants - What use are they?
    • Yr 3-4 What goes in
    • Yr 3-4 Follow the poo...
    • Yr 5-6 Can sheep really read numbers?
    • Yr 5-6 Farmers V Bugs It's War!

    Each theme sample Includes:

    • Entry Point videos for each of themes
    • First few pages of Pupil Work Book
    • For some questions to use on board for AfL / to help pupils mark their own Work

    • Yr 1-2 Are all your pets really alive?

      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. 

      The theme is introduced with an entry point video which is designed to capture pupils interest and get them to think about animals, by showing different animals and what they do - especially poo! It also asks pupils to think about the things that animals do and how we might decide if they are alive or dead.

      Rest of theme then looks at some of the things animals which makes them alive like eat (Nutrition), poo (Excrete), Move, Grow and Reproduce.

    • Yr 1-2 Are plants alive?

      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 learn the parts of plants and what they need to survive.

      Lessons:

      1. Are plants alive?
      2. How do plants grow?
      3. What do we use plants for?
      4. What are the parts of plants?
      5. Harvesting our plants.
    • Yr 3-4 What goes in

      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. 

      The entry point video introduces the 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:

      • What happens to poo on farms?
      • Why is it spread on fields?
      • 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 (this part) and plants (ideal for spring or summer term)

    • Yr 3-4 Follow the Poo...

      Summary of Theme

      cow poohingEntry 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)

    • Yr5-6 Can sheep really read numbers?

      Can sheep read numbers

      Based around the year 4 and 5 Science curriculum of living things, animals plants and seasonal changes, but also featuring links to Design Technology, Geography and History. 

      The entry point introduces the theme with a video showing sheep with numbers painted on them and then asks "Can sheep count?" this introduces topic with a 'Big Idea'

      The idea behind the video is to get pupils to think about how animals like sheep and lambs are different although this difference may not always be obvious to us - hence lambs look alike to shepherd and clearly could not put any separated lambs and mothers together without giving them all corresponding numbers. Video then explains how sheep have a much keener sense of smell than humans and it is this which ewes use to identify their lambs.

    • Yr 5-6 Farmers V Bugs - it's War

      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.

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