Teacher’s Resources

Need a hand with some lesson plans; want to take your class on a farm or business visit?

Perhaps you’re just looking for more activities to get your pupils involved in agriculture, the dairy industry, food or local economy to build on their enthusiasm?

We’ve put together some resource recommendations, information and web links on;

Here’s what Westfield Academy said about the taster day they attended:

“We had a fab time at the taster day you organised, learned lots and experienced some splendid new things such as milking cows, weighing calves, a cow heart dissection, listening to the cow stomach in action through a stethoscope, sitting in a combine harvester, riding in a trailer to another farm, and other such delights. I think this shows how important these events are. The students came back to school really buzzing- a great day for them”.

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What other organisations are doing with food and education

Farming and Countryside Education (FACE)

FACE is a registered charity which is independent of any political party or movement. They rely on donations, fees and subscriptions to carry out their work.  Their aim is to educate children and young people about food and farming in a sustainable countryside.

Food for Life Partnership 

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. They aim to reach out through schools to give communities access to seasonal, local and organic food, and to the skills they need to cook and grow fresh food.

The House of Food project

Based in Roeselare in Belgium is another project where a set of educational resources have been developed to better explain the important link between locally produced food and drink, and individual health and wellbeing. In addition to innovative and interactive displays they run culinary workshops, and also skills workshops to better inform young people about the necessary rangeIMG_9392

of skills required for employment within the food and drink businesses. The Dairy Skills project was able to visit the House of Food in the research phase thanks to the Somerset County Council led ‘Fish & Chips project‘ aimed at supporting the Somerset food & drink economy.

 

See the full tour here

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Glossary

Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.