Farming, Food and Seasonality KS2
Pupils go on an exciting and informative safari on a trailer towed by tractor across Lower Farm lands. Local farmer George Atkinson will engage pupils with many aspects of farm life. Depending on the seasons pupils will see crops and animals and learn how George manages his farm with respect for the environment. (Spring is a great time for younger children to see lambing).
Pupils are out and about for two hours with George, who is great at relating to young people of all ages. This is an exciting adventure especially for pupils who are not familiar with the countryside.
Adaptable for all KS2 this activity aims to familiarize pupils with a farmer’s work and illustrate medium scale mixed farming in Britain. (2 hours)
Back at the Centre optional classroom activities allow pupils to match raw foods to their packaged finished product and to choose a healthy meal from cards with organic, local products and supermarket options. Considering food miles and Fairtrade, GM crops and organic farming, pupil’s can place their experience on the farm in a more global context. Can we afford to or do we choose to take these options?
Classroom activities are most suitable for years 5 and 6 but the tour can be enjoyed by all KS2 pupils. (1.5 hours)
Allow a full day to cover both farming activity programmes and a half day for the farm safari by itself.
Pre and post visit study could focus on seasonality and nutrition
Design and technology KS2 understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed Science KS2 identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat Human and physical geography KS2 human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water