Food, Farming and Permaculture
This packed day will give a good overview of where food comes from. Pupils will spend half of their day with Farmer George on his large tractor trailer on our neighbouring farm and learn about what food is produced on the chalk down-lands, and how farming effects the environment.
Back at the Centre, pupils will learn about food miles and think about how food gets from farm to plate. They will gain an understanding of the global impact of food on the environment, FairTrade and what ‘sustainability’ means in terms of the food we eat. Pupils will also get hands on experience of food growing, Permaculture Design & planning and potentials for recycling and reusing materials.
Pupils will gain an understanding of why food is important and how growing your own can be fun and help contribute to a more sustainable world.
With activities including: Farm tour, hands on sessions in our garden, planned to the seasons, identifying plants and vegetables, ending the day with group work of planning a garden back at school with an action plan designed for success using basic Permaculture design tools.
Science: Environment and feeding relationships, plants and photosynthesis, plants for food, protecting the environment, energy resources, management of food production, sustainable development in the countryside. Geography: Sustainable development, resources,
ICT: Measuring physical data. Citizenship: Debating a global issue, the interaction of people and the environment. Investigate the basis of concerns about biodiversity, genetically modified crops, and the use of growth hormones and antibiotics in the production of food.