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Let your class grow up with a farmyard and the countryside right in their classroom

Hello,
Our first program of the Autumn Term is now available FREE on-line at http://www.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk simply use your log on and password.

Then your class can follow the farm yard and countryside right through the school year with our fortnightly short video blogs.

Each program is curriculum linked so even if you are not teaching a particular subject at the moment by watching these programs your class will already be building up their knowledge of plant life cycles, looking after animals or investigating their local area for examples.

This first program covers:

  • The harvesting of crops – shows farmers harvesting various crops such as cereals, potatoes and peas. It also shows how a combine harvester threshes the corn in one process.
  • The Harvesting of grass – Shows livestock harvesting grass to make milk for their offspring. Shows lambs being weighed to see if they are heavy enough for sending to market.
  • Investigating a local area- The Yorkshire Wolds – first in the heritage of the wolds series. This program shows how the wolds were formed by ice and water. It then outlines where the wolds actually are and ask pupils to start and look at their local area in preparation for following programs which will show how this might have changed and why.

Lesson Updates !

Hello “Countryside Discoverers

Nearly there just a week to your well earned rest – not that the rest of the populace see it like that but us in the know do!!!

Not that I want to be the first to mention your return in September but just to help you with any planning you may do here’s an update for content for the first few Discovering-Our-Countryside programs and dates……

8 September

  • How the harvest has been going in this wet summer – will the land be dry enough for the combines to roll and harvest the wheat, barley and oilseed rape we have followed since last Autumn
  • Will the lambs be ready for market and how is a lamb carcass cut up into the chops and leg meat
  • What is your local landscape like and how has it been moulded since the last ice age – the Yorkshire Wolds in particular

24 September

  • What happens to the products of harvest such as wheat, barley and oilseed rape – this will fit in nicely with your Harvest Festival celebrations
  • What happened to the wool we saw sheared from our sheep
  • How have sheep help to shape our landscape?

8 October

  • How are arable farmers preparing for next years harvest
  • How are livestock farmers preparing for the winter
  • Who where and are the key people in shaping your local landscape

This is just a taster and of course weather and circumstance may mean some changes if we dont get the film we need – but I hope this gives you enough to be going on with in terms of planning….

The Good news is that we will still be here providing – our FREE education-based films which allow you to bring the farm yard and countryside right into your classroom all through the Autumn Term

So make sure you plan for them – 15 minutes every fortnight will allow you to cover such important elements as:

  •  Citizenship
  • Eco-Schools
  • Healthy Schools
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Every Child Matters … and many curriculum links.

Plus: Pupils really enjoy them, they watch and they learn … it really is worth the effort to fit them into to your plans. And right now they are FREE with no obligation.

“It took me  while to find a way that I could use the videos in the classroom, but once we started using them regularly the children got really interested and now they keep asking for more!” Howden Junior School

Visit the site now and sign up – it’s FREE

http://www.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk

Summer, when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. 9th July 2012

Our latest program looks at eating and drinking like an athlete, how milk is great after exercise and how your strawberries get their cream for Wimbledon . Plus how we keep bees for honey – register for free and see latest program now http://www.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk/

  • How are crops doing? – Looks at how crops we saw planted in spring are doing in early summer. How bees have harvested the fields of yellow to make honey. Also looks at how Great Yorkshire Show Growing boxes are coming on.
  • Sheep Shearing – We revisit Mr Heywoods sheep to see them being sheared.
  • Out and about in summer – Give Mario a break! Things to look out for this summer. Also looks at some outdoor activities for school and summer holidays.

And make sure you don’t miss our Athletic Snails – http://www.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk/wildlife/athletic-snails/

Discovering our Countryside will be at the Great Yorkshire Show

Come and see us in the growers area in the Flower Hall.

Eat Drink Fly like an athlete – latest video out now

http://www.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk/25-june-2012-eat-drink-fly-like-an-athlete/

Sign up for FREE, log in and enjoy….

  • The White Stuff -Great for athletes – Shows milk being processed to produce cream for your Wimbledon Strawberries and then bottled as either Whole, Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. Also explains why milk is an excellent drink for athletes or after any exercise
  • Keeping bees for honey – Lester Quayle shows how he keeps bees for honey and explain about the different bees in a hive.
  • Eat like an Athlete – Explain what athletes eat, how you may be already eating like an athlete or easily could be if you don’t.