In this live lesson, we will be developing our working scientifically skills while learning about climate change. We will meet a British farmer tackling climate change and find out what we can do to make a difference.
We’ll be meeting Jess, a dairy farmer and animal science student who is researching new ways of reducing the methane emissions of her cows, or in other words, how much her cows burp!
Then we’ll discover why healthy soil is so important and invite you to get hands on conducting your own investigations into the soil heath in your area.
Finally, we’ll be learning the shocking statistics around food waste and challenging you to get involved in the fight against climate change using everything that you have learned.
If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the support centre, where you will find technical and educational support.
Read our ‘How to generate higher order questions’ guide and give the children some time to generate some questions about cows, earthworms, soil, climate change, food waste etc.
1. Introduction (3 mins)
Josh will open the lesson with an introduction to Climate Change Superheroes and introduce our expert speaker, Jess the dairy farmer.
2. Subject knowledge (10 mins)
Josh will then explain the carbon cycle and how climate change is caused. Learners will be invited to vote in our climate change poll. Jess will explain her research into methane reduction and take us on a quick tour of her farm to learn how she looks after her soils.
3. Practical activity (5 mins)
Josh will then demonstrate how to investigate the soil health in your local area after the live lesson.
4. Subject knowledge (7 mins)
Finally, we will review the poll responses and learn all about the impact of food waste. Learners will then be challenged to think of some ideas for reducing their food waste and invited to join the fight against climate change.
5. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)
Our panel of farming and climate change experts will answer the questions that the children have submitted.
Country Trust resources for this lesson can be accessed below:
You can also try this Glorious Mud activity from the University of East Anglia. It is on page 33 of the British Science Week 2022 Primary Pack.
Education Manager, National Farmers' Union
Chief Education Manager, National Farmers' Union
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