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Lambing Live

Guidance: this video contains footage of live animal birth and may not be suitable for all classes

In this live lesson, we join sheep farmer, Sioned on a quad bike tour of her farm to help us consider how sheep are adapted to their environment and how humans play a role in adaptation through breeding.

Your students will also have front row seats to watch some live lambing from the comfort of their own homes or classrooms.

Broadcast on Mon 8 Mar 2021
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11
Curriculum links
  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.
  • Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

NFU Education has provided teacher resources for this lesson. The 'Quad Bike Safari' student sheet can be used during the live lesson.

If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the guidance hub, where you will find technical and educational support.

Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. Read our How to generate higher-order questions guide and give the children some time to generate some questions about Sioned, sheep, lambs, farming, adaptation, selective breeding, and animal welfare.

Questions and shout outs can be submitted in advance via the Live Lessons tab in your Encounter Edu profile.

Session steps

1. Introduction (5 mins)

Jennie will open the lesson with a brief introduction to 'Lambing Live' and a welcome to our guest, Sioned the sheep farmer.

2. Subject knowledge (15 mins)

Sioned will take the children on an exclusive visit to the lambing shed where they will witness a lamb being born. Jennie will explain the process of adaptation and then hand over to Sioned who will take us on a quad bike tour to consider how the newborn lambs will grow up to be adapted to their environment, just like their parents.

3. Activity (10 mins)

The children will complete a ‘Quad Bike Safari’ activity during the tour and then consider the advantages and disadvantages of selective breeding.

4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)

Sioned will then answer some of the questions students have submitted.


Jennie Divine head shot

Jennie Devine

Education Manager, National Farmers' Union

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Sioned Davies

Sheep Farmer

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