In the Sow, Grow and Farm project, your child will learn about allotments in the United Kingdom and how the government encouraged people to have them to support food rationing during the Second World War. They will learn about food webs and animal life cycles, including how living things are dependent on one another within a habitat. They will investigate the different ways that plants reproduce and will dissect flowering plants to identify the different structures. They will have the opportunity to learn about farming in the United Kingdom and the techniques used in modern farming, including the challenges that farmers face. They will learn about the benefits of eating seasonally and about the pros and cons of importing food. They will also learn about world farming and how the different climate zones affect where different foods can be grown.
Home Learning Ideas
1. Learn about agriculture and farming in the UK and worldwide using a range of
sources. Create a mind map to organise and record your findings under headings
of your choice, then use your mind map to write a non-chronological report.
Include a title, an opening paragraph, subheadings, detailed and interesting facts,
precise topic vocabulary and images with captions.
2. Research the following terms and write a definition for each to create a project
glossary: allotment, arable farming, commercial farming, floriculture, market
garden, mixed farming, organic farming and pastoral farming. Add other
topic-related words to your glossary as you complete the other home learning
3. Use the BBC Food and Good Food websites to find out which foods are in season
in the UK throughout the year. Create a table, listing seasonal foods by month.
Afterwards, use the BBC Good Food website to find a recipe for a seasonal meal.
Write a shopping list, then prepare the meal with an adult.
4. A still life is a painting or drawing of an arrangement of objects, such as flowers,
fruits and vegetables. Explore examples of still life artwork online. Collect and
arrange a selection of seasonal produce, then create a still life drawing or painting
of your arrangement. Think about including tints and shades of colour in your
piece. Remember to give your completed artwork a title.
5. Gardens and allotments are habitats for many living things. These living things
rely on each other as a food source. Recap on food chains and webs using various
sources, then draw a food chain or web for a garden or allotment habitat.
6. Learn about a flowering plant’s life cycle and how they reproduce, including
which plant parts are involved in reproduction, using information books and the
internet. Record your findings as a scientific report using labelled diagrams and
specific examples. Share your report with a family member.
- Britannica Kids – Agriculture
- The School Run – Food and farmland for KS1 and KS2 children
- Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary – Definitions and meanings
- BBC Good Food – Seasonal calendar
- DKfindout! – All About Plants for Kids – Plant Facts
- DKfindout! – Food Chains For Kids – Facts About Food
- BBC Two – This Farming Life
- New Scientist Jobs – A day in the life of a farmer
- BBC News – Digging for Victory: Stories from wartime gardens
- The British Library – Dig for Victory
Source to resource: From Field to Plate Michael Bright
Agriculture and Land Use – Environmental Issues Emilie Dufresne
The Wonderful World of Food Wiley Blevins
Plant Parts: Flowers Melanie Waldron
Earth by Numbers: Plant Structures Nancy Dickmann
Food Chains: Who Eats What? Sam Hutchinson
Oak Class Curriculum Map for 2020-21
Shows the outline of all our planned learning this year.
Term 5 Overview
Gives more detail about what we plan to learn this term