Did you know that food loss and waste consumes 18% of cropland, 19% of fertilizers and 21% of landfill volume? A bilingual pack produced by Transition Bro Gwaun in Pembrokeshire will enable you to do a baseline survey of food waste in your school, make an action plan and monitor progress. It also includes sections on food miles, healthy eating, composting and anaerobic digestions. Activities for literacy, numeracy, science and creative expression are provided, with worksheets and a Powerpoint on how to make a video.
We have an exciting opportunity to bring the world of farming, food and the environment directly into the classroom. Using FaceTime or Skype, a farmer can speak to a class while at work on their farm. FACE can link schools with farms, locally or across Wales and England.
FACE Cymru and the National Botanic Garden of Wales have a produced a resource to support a visit to a dairy farm. It suggests activities and discussions that might be carried out before, during or after a visit by Key Stages 2-4, and shows links to the Welsh Skills Framework and Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.
Find teacher resources to support potato growing in schools, and register for the 2014 project now. See http://gyop.potato.org.uk/.
Every animal naturally carries a range of micro-organisms, and some of these can be transferred to people, where they can cause disease.
The new Code of Practice explains how farmers and teachers can reduce the risk of disease resulting from contact with animals. See www.face-online.org.uk/codeofpractice.