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Science Week Farming Live Events

Science Week Farming Live Events

Year 2 and Key Stage 2 took part in live online events alongside other schools this week as part of Science Week. Hosted by farmer Fiona Wilshaw and farm vet Dr Claire Whittle, the children delved into British food and farming, and explored key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects through a real-life farming context. Earlier in the week, Year 2 saw first-hand how farmer Fiona looks after her animals, helped feed them and learned how she grows their food from scratch, mammals and seasonal changes. They also learned about the machinery she uses on her farm and helped an agricultural engineer fix her broken tractor. On Thursday, Year 3 and 4 were guided by Dr Claire Whittle as she inspected a cow’s teeth, compared a cow’s digestive system to their own and then went on a ‘poo walk’ to hunt for invertebrates in the fields to learn about the digestive system, nutrition, food chains and habitats. On Thursday afternoon, Year 5 and 6 learned how farmers can help take care of cows’ hooves and how Dr Whittle responds to the different emergencies she’s called out to. They also helped scan cows to see if they are pregnant to learn about animal lifecycles, reproduction and inheritance.

During the sessions, we were encouraged to ask the vet questions and she answered some of them for us.

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