Literacy and Numeracy
Within our Food Production programme, children will learn how to set up and care for fertile eggs and chicks. Children will be required to read instructions regarding husbandry, weigh feed and calculate gestation periods of eggs before they hatch. Children could weigh the chicks as they hatch and compare weights over the time they spend in the classroom.
When children are involved with planting vegetables they will be required to read the seed packet instructions and follow them accordingly. This is a great way of embedding literacy into their session.
On the farm, children will learn about feed quantities and how much to feed the animals as well as how to look after them for a welfare perspective. They may even have the chance to see the records that farmers have to keep on the computer.
Children will learn about photosynthesis and the importance of energy and light for their seeds to grow and become sustainable. They will also learn about life cycles during the hatching programme and perhaps have the opportunity to be involved with lambing season on the farm too. This is a great opportunity to embed some of the nature based elements of the curriculum as well as the requirements for animals to survive.
During the growing part of the programme, children will learn about different food groups and how they help us to stay healthy and the importance of plant reproduction through insect pollination in human food security.
Children will be provided with the opportunity to work in a range of industrial sectors to include agriculture and horticulture which also links directly to the design element of the curriculum.
Design and Technology
At Key stage 1, children are required to know about where food comes from and progressing to key stage 2, learn about seasonality and prepare their own meals. This is a great opportunity for children to prepare and cook food that they have grown the school garden or raised bed. The farm visit in particular is a great experience for children to learn about where their meat comes from, how it may be reared and the journey our food take from farm to plate.