Maths KS2: Using maths to understand food journeys

Stefan Gates visits an organic farm in Devon and follows the journey food takes from the field to our plates.

Stefan helps pick spring greens in the field and tastes different salad vegetables.

At the farm we see how the salad leaves are mixed together in the correct proportions to get a balance of tastes.

We see the mixed salad being weighed and packed into bags using a machine.

Stefan helps pack all the different vegetables into boxes before they are delivered locally.

Stefan then visits an Ecoschool in Surrey, where the pupils grow their own vegetables for the school canteen.

We see the short journey the food makes from garden to kitchen. Stefan helps the children plant onions 20 cm apart.

Then the children show Stefan the orchard they have planted which, seen from above, looks like a big rectangle of 6 rows of 4 trees.

They count the trees in fours to make 24 all together.

This clip is from the series Ecomaths.

Teacher Notes

As students watch the clip, they could note down every time they see maths being used and what is being done.

Students could discuss how often they or their parents use maths in their own lives.

A homework activity could be set to find all the different ways the students see maths being used.

Students could set up an enterprise project selling fruit packs to the other students in the school. They would then have to work out the shortest journey to the supermarket, what weight of different kinds of fruit to buy, how much of each fruit to put in each pack and the price it should be sold at.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching Maths at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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