Archive for the ‘Discovering Our Countryside’ Category

Enhance your primary science curriculum with outside learning visits to farms and the countryside.

We are currently looking for schools to take part in an exciting new project – read on for more…. provides regular video snapshots of life on the farm and in the countryside with a view to enhancing pupils knowledge of food production  and the biodiversity of the landscape of wildlife and plants.

We are now planning to extend this resource by running a pilot project to provide a topic for a limited number of  schools to follow which incorporates  farm visits  and updates of farm and countryside seasons via our regular videos. The new programmes will be aligned to the primary Science curriculum and have links to other curriculum areas such as Geography and Technology.

The food production will cover cereal crops, livestock and fruit and vegetables. The biodiversity mini beasts, bees, birds, trees and plants.

This programme is more intensive than our previous videos in that we hope to form stronger links between the farms and schools, in order to build the learning values and the relevance of food and landscape in the world as population and weather changes that will face our children over next 25/50 years.

We are currently looking for schools to take part in this exciting and innovative pilot project based around Cawood, Market Weighton and Great Hatfield.

For further details or to take part in the project contact Mark Thompson 07811296713

Preserving: WWII Wolds Memories, food out of season and wool

12 November 2012 – Preserving – memories, food and wool

“It takes twenty years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only twenty seconds of war to destroy him…. ”   (Baudouin I, King of Belgium)

Latest program now available

  • Yorkshire Wolds WWII Memories – See some of the things which happened on the Yorkshire Wolds during World War 2. Features memories from several local people who experienced it first hand, Hull Blitz, Evacuees and POWs
  • How can you enjoy your 5-a-day all year round? This looks at the different ways we use to preserve food so we can enjoy it out of season. Freeze it! Cool it! Fly it! Cover it! Time it!
  • Wool Processing – See what happened to the sheep’s fleece you saw clipped from the sheep last summer.

Interesting videos from Norfolk

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Latest Program now on line and Farming bites – A new way to learn

Two great ‘bites’ of news in this e-mail

  • Even easier access
  • ‘New’ way to learn

‘New’ way to learn
Well probably not ‘new’, since most things in education seem to go in circles but we do think it is a new way to teach some of the topics covered by the discovering-our-countryside website

While we appreciate that you teach much of the material we cover in the spring and summer term, I actually learnt much of this growing up on a farm seeing it everyday. So why not watch our programs as small bites of learning – the whole program is only 10-15 mins long, or you could watch each section separately and cover the topics listed below gradually so that when you come to do them in your long term plan your class already has some knowledge on which to build.

Learning will be just like growing up with the farm yard and countryside in your classroom

Easier Access
As a result of research we have removed the need to log in to our website to view our videos, with this minor inconvenience removed – one click and you can watch our latest video

Watch 8 October 2012 – Autumn Tasks, Victorian Villages, School’s Harvest Program now
just click play and away you go

Give it a go and let us know what you think!

Plants Bites  – covers topics such as:
Science (1b Growing Plants, 2b Plants and animals, 2c Variation, 3b Plants Grow Well, 4b Habitats, 5b Life Cycles, 6a Interdependence & Adaptation, 6b Micro-organisms
Design Technology (1c Eat More Fruit and Veg, 3a Packaging, 3b Sandwich and Snacks, 5b Bread, 5d Biscuits, )

Animal Bites –  covers topics such as:
Science (1A Ourselves, 2a Health and Growth, 2b Plants and Animals, 4a Moving & Growing, 4b Habitats, 5b Life Cycles, 6a Interdependence & Adaptation, 6b Micro-organisms)
Citizenship (3a Animals and Us)

Wold Heritage bites – covers topics such as
Geography (Unit 1. Around our school – the local area,  Unit 6. Investigating our local area)
History (Unit 2. What were homes like a long time ago?, Unit 11. What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?,  Unit 12. How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?, Unit 18. What was it like to live here in the past?)

24 September 2012 – Bygone days, Bygone harvest and Bygone lambs

This program looks at how the products of harvest are used, cereals and lamb. Also what harvest was like in Victorian times.

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  • What was a Victorian Farm like – Looks at how farming changed from the medieval strip farming system and how the Victorians developed and mechanised farming, with an emphasis on the Yorkshire Wolds.
  • Using the products of harvest – Shows some of the products we can make from Cereal Grains such as flour, bread and beer
  • Dressing a Lambs carcass. – Shows how your local butcher dresses or butchers a lambs carcass for you to enjoy your favourite cuts of lamb such as chops, leg or shoulder of lamb.