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Time to prepare Allotment Greenhouse Farm New Curriculum too!

Are you thinking about planning for the new curriculum? We are: “Are your pets really alive?” “What goes in….” “Can sheep really count?” are themes we have produce already. We are working on more now – read more below.

10 February 2014 – Allotment, Greenhouse, Farm – a time to prepare!

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This program looks at new life starting with the onset of the new spring, new plants growing, new piglets being born and how you can help with birds nesting and rearing new young.

  • Soil the most important part of an allotment – testing your soil type and pH is important
  • Preparing for Calving and Sows Farrowing – Shows a farmer fetching in his cattle ready for calving in the spring, Then goes on to show how piglets are born all year round. With footage of piglets actually being born .
  • New Life in the Greenhouse –Show the tomatoes we saw being planted and grown as seedlings now being transferred and set out in greenhouses.

Planning the new curriculum.

We have already produce the following themes for different year groups:

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

Watch Entry Point video for “What goes in” on YouTube channel

We are now working on 3 more plant based themes – the working titles are:

  • Yr 1-2 “Are your plants alive?”
  • Yr 3-4 “Follow the poo!”
  • Yr 5-6 “Farmers V Bugs”

Read more, try sample or request a free trial by visting our VLE teach.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk

Latest Posts from Discovering Our Countryside video diary

  • Dig for Education
  • Beyond the Farm

Dig for Education

Are you growing in school or thinking of starting in view of the new curriculum which says pupils must know where food comes from?
Why not follow us on our allotment.

http://www.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk/dig-for-education/

We can also help you embed growing in your new curriculum with our Teach.Discovering-Our-Countryside VLE

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

Latest Program – 27 January 2014 – Beyond the Farm

Watch Now http://www.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk/27-january-2014-beyond-the-farm-and-digging-allotment/

  • Grow4.me.uk – Digging our new allotment- We have started digging our allotment – see how we have got on. Follow our allotment on the Grow4.Me website
  • Milk beyond the farm – Shows that the safety of this important foodstuff starts with storage on the farm and then shows how it is treated to keep it safe to consume and then how it is packed into the cartons of liquid milk you buy as a consumer.
  • Potatoes beyond the farm – This shows how the surplus of harvest is stored and gradually used to keep the shops of Britain supplied year round – without the need for ‘fresh’ imports of potatoes from abroad as some shops would have you believe. It also shows how one of our favourite potato products is made – Crisps!

Thanks

Mark Thompson

Latest news from Agriculture-4-U

New Curriculum Learning Package

13 January 2014 – Computers in Agriculture + New Allotment

New Curriculum Learning Package
We no longer add to the agriculture-4-u website instead we are concentrating on our complete learning package for the new curriculum starting in Sept 2014.

This learning package incorporates:

  • Discovering-Our-Countryside Video Diary
  • Grow4.Me  – the video diary of our new allotment
  • Teach.Discovering-Our-Countryside.co.uk – the Virtual Learning Environment which provides the teaching resources needed to cover growing, farming, seasonality, and food production in the new curriculum.

You can access some sample materials as a guest – try as guest now

Or you can register for a trial free until Sept 2014 – register for trial now

Discovering-Our-Countryside Video Diary

  • Farm Animals and Computers – Shows how computers are used to monitor pigs feeding during pregnancy and also how they are used to help farmers weigh ingredients so they can mix the correct food ingredients for cattle. It also shows how even milking cows and goats is helped by the use of computer to monitor how much milk is produced.
  • In your local Greenhouse – Shows how machines are used to plant seeds then how computers and robots are used to then sort the growing seedlings. It also shows how human input is still needed for many jobs that computers cannot do – yet!.
  • Grow4.me.uk – Starting a new allotment- We have started a new allotment to help you with your growing in school Follow our allotment on the Grow4.Me website

Watch latest program now http://www.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk/13-january-2014-computers-in-agriculture-new-allotment/

Thanks

Mark Thompson

December 2013 – Preparing for Winter

Latest program now on line http://www.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk/2-december-2013-preparing-for-winter/

  • Livestock over Winter – Some animals are seasonal breeders only mating at certain times of year, like sheep in Autumn, others like pigs will breed all year round.
  • A special harvest is about to begin – Shows farmers harvesting some late crops then ploughing land for spring, also showing their skills off in a ploughing match. The harvesting of Christmas Trees is covered too.
  • Using Wildlife to help you celebrate Christmas. – Gives details of how to make a traditional Christmas Wreath decoration using foliage from the countryside.

Also coming after Christmas……

Digging for Education

Grow.4.Me.uk – follow our allotment to help you with growing in school

The Nineveh Trust have awarded ” Discovering-our-Countryside” funds to help develop our concept of primary children’s education related farm visits

The Nineveh Trust have awarded ” Discovering-our-Countryside” funds to help develop our concept of  primary children’s education related farm visits. We have made a series of videos in 2012/2013  showing the progress of animals, plants and the environment through the annual seasonal cycles. Changes to the primary school curriculum from September 2014 mean schools and teachers have less ‘free’ time and are required to deliver new lesson structures. We are developing lesson plans supported by seasonal videos, to enable teachers to teach the science curriculum using food production (farming/growing) as the examples to expand the concepts required by the new curriculum. We have recruited ten primary schools to help us and are working with a large arable farm near Market Weighton to host the farm visits.  Our initial attempts can be viewed on http://teach.discovering-our-countryside.co.uk/. We welcome feedback on this.

Graham Ward / Mark Thompson