New Primary Science curriculum and how to link to outdoor settings

New Primary Science CurriculumCobble Hey Farm near Garstang in Lancashire hosted a seminar considering the Programmes of Study for Primary Science within the NC2014 and how it might be applied to outdoor sessions. 

This booklet presents a wide variety of ideas, many of them shared by Rachael Webb, Teaching and Learning Consultant for Primary Science from Lancashire Professional Development Service.

Download the booklet here

Beyond the Classroom: new National Curriculum Science KS1 & 2

Beyond the ClassroomNicola Beverley of the Association of Science Educators has kindly provided the following details and documents to help teachers and outdoor educators to explore ways of delivering science outdoors.

Biodiversity FACE has a selection of biodiversity resources available.

These include: an information leaflet, field work activities, packets of wildflower seeds, and soon a biodiversity game

Go to the Biodiversity section.

Where our food comes from - Case Study

yofaf_veg.jpgThis case study about one of B&Q’s plant suppliers Roundstone Nurseries Ltd, offers an insight into the work and expertise involved in producing a tomato plant. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the processes involved in growing food before it makes its way to our plates.

We hope the photographs and accompanying text will support your classroom growing activity and inform discussions around where food comes from.

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The Dairy Food Chain Challenge

Dairy Food Chain ChallengeThis is an educational resource for Key Stage 3-4 designed to explore the structure of the Dairy Food Chain and to raise awareness of the opportunities for business improvement in the Dairy Industry.

This resource consists of an Introduction and a Powerpoint presentation accompanied by resources for students to use in a day-long investigation into the dairy food chain.

The investigation involves a farm visit and a role-play decision-making exercise followed by presentations.


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RSPCA Resources

RSPCAThese RSPCA resources use fun activities to help five to 11-year-old pupils understand where their food comes from, the use of labelling and how young people, as consumers, can make a difference to farm animal welfare. The resources can be used as part of lessons about Science and Citizenship and delibeartely coincide with the Government-endorsed Year of Food and Farming.

Go to the RSPCA Resources.

Science Skills Sharing

Science Skills ShareFACE has developed a new resource entitled Science Skills Share which comprises a selection of hands-on science activities. These resulted from  an event in Derbyshire attended by outdoor educators including Peak District Rangers, Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service, National Trust, Wildlife Trust, farmers who offer educational visits and, of course, FACE.

Read on for ways to introduce fun science into your programme of activities!

Download the Science Skills Share booklet.

Applied Science
Applied Science Resources illustrating the practical application of science in different parts of the agricultural industry.

Devised to support the new Applied Science GCSEs.

Go to the Applied Science section.

Non-food Crops
Field to Fuel

There is an agricultural revolution taking place within the British countryside with farmers being encouraged to take a fresh look at what they produce and how it is produced. One major aspect of this diversification that seems to have been generally overlooked is the area of non-food crops.

Go to the Non-food Crops section.

Testing Weather Lore

cloudsThis fascinating article on weather lore was written by Peter Freeland and was published by the Association for Science Education in the School Science Review, September 2006: both have kindly given permission for its reproduction here.

The article collects together rhymes and sayings about the weather and suggests activities so that pupils can use their own recorded data to test weather-related hypotheses.

Grow your own tomatoes

Grow your own tomatoesThese worksheets have been designed to enable all Key Stage 2 pupils to gain a better
appreciation of growing healthy tomatoes. Each of the 8 worksheets are based upon
the learning objectives and outcomes detailed in the QCA units for Science.

Download the worksheets