1. How is our food produced?

Farmers V Bugs - It's WAR!?

Todays learning: (WALT)


Year 5

  • explain the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
  • describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals

Year 6

  • recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents

Design Technology

  • understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed

Lesson Activities

  • Watch 'How is food produced?' video
  • Then direct pupils towards the Discovering-Our-Countryside.co.uk Food Stories pages for: Potatoes, Wheat, Oilseed Rape, Dairy. These will allow pupils to complete relevant section of pupil work book


  • Do quiz for first section answers…

Video Dialog

  • Before we can understand the war in the farm yard, field,  greenhouse, allotment and garden we need to know how farmers and growers produce food.
  • Then we can look at their enemies..... the pests, diseases, weeds and weather; which either compete for our food or stop as much being produced.
  • To do this visit the food story section of the Discovering-Our-Countryside website - good ones to start with so that you understand some of the main enemies are: Potatoes, Oilseed Rape, Dairy Cows and Wheat
  • As you follow each food story make a notes of the steps and time involved producing each food and what some of farmers enemies are when they try to do this


  • Video: How is your food produced?
  • Farmers V Bugs Pupil Workbook

Outcomes: (WILF)

  • Describe the life cycle of some animals
  • Explain how animal life cycles contribute to food production
  • Describe the life cycles of some plants.
  • Explain how plant life cycles contribute to food production.
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Teaching notes:


Last modified: Sunday, 23 February 2014, 7:35 PM