Muckmovers

Working with soil, compost, tools, worms, vegetables, unsprayed plants and plenty of manure

Overview

Master Chef!... Come Dine with Me!... in the Vegetable Garden Restaurant.

Compost cakes of chocolate manure, green slime mint layered with leaf crunchies. harvesting, tasting, growing.

Feeding the soil, digging the Earth, uprooting an evening meal. Compost makers conserving peat bogs, chemical free gardens that show concern for the planet. Microbes, decay, biodegrade, fungi, photosynthesis, organic.

Working with soil, compost, tools, worms, vegetables, unsprayed plants and plenty of manure. Exploring cycles of growth and decay, the control of plant pests and weeds. Plant structure, diversity, sowing, planting, harvesting and food preparation.

Programme of study

Science Key Stage 2.

A seasonal selection to choose from depending on your requirements.

Rocks

Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

Plants

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem, flowers
  • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
  • Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal

Living things and their habitats

  • Recognise that environment can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things
  • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms

Eco Schools

Children will be introduced to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle  as a starting point for their understanding of how to live more lightly on planet earth.

Learning objective
  • Describe the components of soil
  • Make a model flower naming all the parts: roots, petals, stem, stamens, pistils, seeds and pollen
  • Children will use actions to name the growth requirements of plants
  • Discuss the woolly worms to show an understanding of camouflage and contamination by pesticides
  • Identify a range of different microorganisms in the compost heap
  • Know that waste material can be sorted into glass, metal, plastic, paper, compost in order to reduce, reuse and recycle
Activity
  • Explain the intentions of the session introducing the diary page
  • Glove up
  • Examine contents of centre’s bins
  • Discuss safe use of tools and wheelbarrows.  Warn of dangers from micro-organisms carried by rats in most soils
  • Role play the vegetable garden as a restaurant in which the vegetables are customers and compost heaps are the kitchen area providing food
  • Describe ingredients of a compost cake and discuss the reasons for bringing together different materials
  • Build a compost heap/cake
  • State that many microbes are beneficial

 Break Time

  • A selection of activities; woolly worm game, plant tasting or chive bubble blowing
  • Plant structure; making a model tissue flower. Identify, label and describe the structure of a flower or plant
  • Plant tasting, Munch on the leaves from 3 or 4 tasty salad plants
  • Chive bubble blowing; Blow bubbles using chives and soapy water
  • Woolly worms
  • Use wool of six colours - red, yellow, blue, green, black, brown - approximately 10 cm lengths. Enough for 8 or so pieces per child
  • Children hide their worms over a defined area
  • After interlude, search and collect as many worms as possible, return to find their own worms
  • Conclude activity; No worms, you are dead, One or two worms, you are dead, Blue worms don’t count they are distasteful. Yellow worms contain pesticide, if you have one yellow then remove two good worms, if you have two yellows then you have toxic overload -you are dead! Go to creature heaven

Explain that over three-quarters of song thrushes are now gone from our countryside. These birds feed on snails, slug pellets kill off snails therefore there is less food for the thrushes. Slug pellets and other pesticides are used in huge quantities in agriculture. One mouthful will kill a dog.

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