The Grain Chain

Welcome back!

Wheat being harvested Welcome

School’s been back for some time now, classrooms feel like home again and the summer holidays feel like a distant memory. The Grain Chain blog is returning for its second ‘season’ with updates to keep you informed of the latest news and classroom ideas with information and worksheets from the site. 


As the nights become shorter and darker we wave a fond farewell to the long hot summer days.  The cereal crops are mostly harvested and the good September weather has been a bonus for farmers. Rain during harvesting can spell disaster for crops. Wheat is the main cereal crop grown in the UK and home-grown wheat makes up for about 75% of the wheat milled in the UK.  Therefore a successful harvest is vital to both farmers and consumers alike. The Grain Chain has developed an activity sheet aimed at 7-11 year olds investigating the growing year and regional variations in the size of the UK wheat crop. You can find it here.


Typically the end of the harvest is marked with a harvest festival.  These celebrations occur all over the world as well as in the UK.  Take a look at our section on harvest celebrations and discover the origins and customs of the festivities in the UK, the USA, India and China.

Also around the corner are Halloween and Fireworks Night.  Introduce baking to your classroom and try some Yorkshire Parkin


The Grain Chain and Licence to Cook are delighted to provide this opportunity for innovative teachers to demonstrate their passion and flair for practical food-based work in the classroom. Inspire! is open to all teachers of students aged 11-14 years across the UK.  Teachers can enter by submitting original classroom ideas, resources or lesson plans.  Find out more at Good luck!

Summer Show Update

The Grain Chain TGrain Arteam have been busy this summer attending shows up and down the country to educate children about where their food comes from, and alternative uses of grain.

Bread Baking was the activity for schools at the Royal Highland Show.  Her Majesty the Queen and The Princess Royal visiPrincess Royalted the stand. Children at the Royal Norfolk Show got creative with a Grain Art activity. Then to complete the summer shows, Bread Baking, Grain Art and Paper Making activities were organised for the Royal Show Education Village, which welcomed over 7000 school visitors during the four days.

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