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Yr5/6 History/Geog planning on farming

Discussion in 'History' started by nshreids, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. Looks like we're having a whole school topic on Farming next term. I'm 0.2 in a Yr5/6 class and teach the Geog & History. Any ideas of what I can specificially cover without going into other subject areas. So far all I can think of is the farming in Ancient Egypt/Ancient Greece/Viking/Tudor and Victorian eras as well as looking at food production in WW2. Will aim to get the local historical society in to talk about farming in our village over the centuries. Anything I'm missing? Any Geog ideas?
  2. granddam

    granddam New commenter

    Reference to village suggests you are rural so use your local environment and work backwards from now: what would be different if we were looking out of the window 20 years ago, 50, 100 etc; look at the effect of farming on the landscape; why do local farms specialise in sheep/cattle and not crops (or, obviously, vice-versa); don't just bring in a local historian, bring in a retired local farmer (or more than one and compare their stories - how did they get to market, where was it, what changes have they seen) - record them; ask around and see if you have anyone locally who was a landgirl in WW2; do a field map and research local field names - where did they come from, how have field shapes/use changed, why? Are there any local specialities - cheeses, sheep/cattle/hen or pig breeds - trace their histories and look for any landscape reasons for them. Don't forget medieval - any local monasteries? what was their effect on farming?
    Generally, look at changes in technology - from horses to tractors and combine-harvesters; from hand-milking to parlours and pipe-lines; how has farming changed the landscape, how has landscape/climate affected the nature of the local farming; consider farming overseas - where does our food come from, who grows it, how does it get here, could we grow it here and if so why don't we (trace the journey of asparagus from Peru against asparagus from Worcestershire or Lancashire); what would happen if climate change makes us a lot warmer/colder. And don't forget market gardening / orchards etc.
    Hope this is some help.
  3. Fantastic - many thanks. Will put a plea out on the village shop noticeboard for retired farmers, current farmers and landgirls.

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