Discovering Our Countryside brings the world of farming and the countryside right into the classroom.
Discovering Learning in sustainable Food Production
We are currently building themes of work based on the new curriculum which will help you show pupils where their food comes from and how it is produced – you can help make these bespoke for your school by participating have a look here
Mission of Discovering Our Countryside.
The films and commentaries have been developed specifically to help teachers in the classroom. We offer suggestions and provide specific links to the National Curriculum and your Eco School work – it covers many of the topics under the Eco Schools initiative, such as: transport; waste, recycling and litter; care of school grounds; healthy living; energy; bio-diversity; and the global perspective.
The programmes also play a role in related national Government initiatives such as: healthy schools; sustainable schools; Every Child Matters; and Learning Outside the Classroom.
We hope you will use the programmes to enhance the work that you are doing in your own classrooms.
Discovering Our Countryside not only follows the national schools guidelines, but also encourages learning through discussion and interaction by children in pairs and groups, circle time or class discussion, as well as providing a clear, interesting and informative picture of the important role of agriculture and rural affairs in the lives of pupils from an early age.
Discovering Our Countryside is a modular approach to the seasonality of rural affairs. Agricultural content covers crops, from seed to harvesting, through to how food reaches the table; livestock rearing, including birth, milking, and rearing; and how often large and overpowering vehicles and farm machines work. And the programmes also include the importance of wildlife, including mice, rabbits, hares, badgers, foxes etc. through to the vast range of birds that are often seen as just distant wings on the horizon, as well as flowers, shrubs and trees.
Agriculture and rural life goes on all year round, and Discovering Our Countryside captures this seasonality.
Whilst many schools operate farm visits, these are invariably held during term time and usually when better weather can be expected, but farming goes on day after day through all the seasons. Discovering Our Countryside not only brings autumn, winter, spring and summer right into the classroom, but it also allows pupils to get ‘up close and personal’ with such activities as milking, sowing and harvesting, and gets closer to farm machinery than any risk assessment will allow.