Years 3 and 4 Autumn Term 2018
From Farm to Fork
Our current topic, From Farm to Fork will give the children the opportunity to explore and understand where our food comes from. The topic will begin by exploring farms in the UK and look at how these help to produce many of the foods we eat. During this part of the topic, the children will be given the opportunity to visit a farm and take part in some of the daily jobs that take place.
Following this, the children will explore the concept of harvest and will participate in planning and running our school harvest festival. In the second half of our unit, they will begin to investigate which foods come from other parts of the world. They will focus on chocolate and explore the journey from bean to bar. They will also start to consider the meaning of Fair Trade and the impact this can have on farmers around the world.
To conclude our topic ‘From farm to fork’ the children will answer our key question ‘Where does our food come from?’ They will use all the information they have learnt over the term to answer this question and explain it in full detail.
On returning to school in September, the children were whisked away to Longdown Dairy Farm to see for themselves what a real farm is like. During the day, the children had the opportunity to feed many animals including goats, calves and ducks. They also had the opportunity to see and handle a range of farm animals that they had not seen before. They were also able to experience the smell of a farm!
The following day in school, the children completed a range of activities to show what they had learned about life on a farm. Activities involved: sorting which animal produced which food; identifying roles and labelling equipment needed on a farm; creating a timetable for a typical day on a farm; looking at what conditions fruit and vegetables need to grow and planting their own potatoes.
Over half term, the children will be given a menu of activities for them to choose from and complete, ranging from:
- Designing their own Fairtrade symbol and displaying it in an interesting way.
- Making a collection of Fairtrade symbols or a list of places they have seen the Fairtrade symbol.
- Creating a collage, fact file or poster about a farm animal.
- Creating a 3d representation of their favourite food or an animal from a farm.
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