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Winners of the Bayer/FACE Awards 2017

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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

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

Our first program of the Autumn Term is now available FREE on-line at 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.

STC entomologist leads National Insect Week and meets HRH The Prince of Wales

Dr Luke Tilley, entomologist at STC, has coordinated a successful National Insect Week. The week’s initiative included over 200 events nationwide, including a bioblitz in the gardens of Clarence House. Dr Tilley accompanied HRH The Prince of Wales around the gardens to demonstrate the work of the entomologists and their primary school helpers. Click here for details.

STC is an official partner of National Insect Week and conducted eight bug hunts with schoolchildren over the week. The aim of these was to teach children about biodiversity and the role insects play in food production.

For more information about National Insect Week, go to

Discovering Our Countryside Forth coming program content to help with your planning

Discovering-Our-Countryside Program Update

Just to help you with your planning for the last half-term of another school year here’s what we will be covering in the 3 programs after the Jubilee Celebrations

Olympic Snails
– Snail Racing to find the speed of a snail then scale it up to human size to see if a snail could win an Olympic Medal. Lots of curriculum links here e.g science to find the snails, maths to work out speeds and scale sizes up. Snail racing kits available to download from the Nature Detectives Website

Healthy Athletes
– What do athletes eat to be so fit and healthy – the same as us of course a balanced diet. We look at some examples such as salads – e.g. lettuce being harvested. We also look at the best drink for re-hydration after exercise – MILK How it is produced and bottled

Strawberries and Cream – A favourite snack at Wimbledon; see how they are produced. Curriculum Links to Science, technology

Ruminants – How can cows and sheep survive on grass when we cannot? – Details about the ruminants 4 stomach and how mini beasts are important to ruminants curriculum links to science