The Grain Chain

Walk the walk, talk the talk

boy and girl walking to school

Welcome to the latest entry of the Grain Chain blog, aiming to bring you news, information, teaching ideas and resources in connection with the grain chain.

Walk to School Week 2009

18 – 22 May is National Walk to School Week. This year’s theme is ‘Walk ‘n’ Talk’, focusing on the social side to walking to school. Why don’t you suggest your students walk to school with a friend?

If you teach 7-11s you could use the ‘Energy In, Energy Out’ lessons on the Grain Chain site to explore why we need energy, where it comes from and how we use it. Any age group could use the pedometer experiment.

Controversy over Government’s healthy eating campaign

An advert featuring a young girl eating a cupcake accompanied by the slogan ‘Is premature death so tempting?’ has provoked outrage. Among its critics are parent groups, the National Obesity Form, and chef Delia Smith.  Meanwhile, Australia’s Miss Universe contestant has been criticised  for  being too thin.

Body image and healthy eating are important topics for personal, social and health education at all ages. These stories may give an interesting route in to these topics, and for older students you could use the Grain Chain podcast on Diets and Weight Loss.

The Grain Chain visits County Shows

The Suffolk Farm and County Fair in April was a sell-out, with 3,500 children attending. The Grain Chain Team was situated in the Countryside Pavillion, which was extremely busy all day.

This month, the Grain Chain Team will be visiting the Hertfortshire County Show on 23 and 24 May, and the Suffolk Show on 27 and 28 May.  If you are attending one of the events, pop in and say hello! 

Hertfordshire County Show includes: specialist food hall, farmers’ market, free children’s entertainment, climbing wall, a sheep show and a rabbit tent! You’ll find the Grain Chain team next to the baby farm animals, offering baking activities.

Suffolk Show: includes show jumping, ‘parade of hounds’ and a pig auction, plus local produce to taste and buy. The Grain Chain Team will be offering Grain Art, baking and paper making activities.

Remember that we welcome your comments on our blog – your thoughts on the issues we raise, or what you think of the information we’re providing.  If you’ve visited one of the summer agricultural shows, we’d love to hear about it.

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