Summer term: what we get up to

21st June, 2021

We wanted to share with our wider community some of the things we get up to at Long Wittenham School. 

Our school is surrounded by beautiful countryside and farmland, and this is one of the many reasons why, this term, our children have been studying farming as their whole school project. We use projects like this to combine subjects, such as science, art, geography and history, allowing our students to explore them in greater depth and to make connections between them. 

Our younger groups have been learning about how animals are cared for and how crops are grown on our British farms, how farming machinery has evolved over the decades and the life cycles of animals and plants. Our oldest year groups have studied the importance of farming within the global trade market. As you drive past our school, you will notice that we are putting our knowledge of caring for crops to good use by planting and tending to class allotments.

Here is a snapshot of the things some of our classes have been learning:

Owls class

We were very excited to return to school to find we had our very own vegetable patch! We were able to plant lots of flowers and vegetables and have been keeping an eye on them, studying the changes as they grow. We have learnt about the machines that farmers use and talked about what foods are healthy and what foods should be eaten as treats. As part of our project work, we have also talked about lifecycles of animals and what farm animals give us, for example, sheep provide wool, and we get meat and milk from cows. We finished our term off with a scarecrow party which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Our farm animal finger puppets, and planting our vegetable patch

Parrots class

We began our term with a walk around our village exploring the farms and countryside around our school. The children were particularly excited to see the allotments and fields with horses. The children have learnt all about animals, identifying common animals and their offspring. They found out about the basic needs of animals, including humans, and used this knowledge to identify things that are living, once lived and never been alive. The children grouped animals according to what they eat, using imitation animal waste which was a truly memorable experience – as you can imagine! The children learnt how farming has changed overtime, with a particular focus on machinery. To end our first term of farming the children made their own moving tractors, using axles and wheels. 

Building tractors to learn about axles and wheels and finding out what animals eat by investigating pretend poo!

Eagles class

I have enjoyed learning about pastoral, arable and mixed farming. We learnt about the height of the land in the UK and how this impacts on farming. I loved writing a predator and prey poem, I have even been writing them at home. I’m looking forward to creating a self-portrait out of food.

Dylan, age 8.

I have enjoyed learning about body parts in science, like animals and humans with skeletons and what they are for. I liked learning about our teeth and what they do. I liked writing poetry about a Lasso spider and Butterfly. I’m looking forward to going to forest school after half term.

Ella, age 9

Eagles class tending their vegetables

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