Geography KS1: How our milk gets from the farm to the shop

William Whiskerson meets Theo on his family farm.

He learns how female cows make milk and then takes a trip around the farm where he sees a calf being born.

He visits the cowshed and watches it being cleaned.

He learns about organic farming and how the cow's dung is used to grow crops for the cattle to eat.

He then sees the cows being milked in the parlour.

Next, William follows the milk as it is transported to the local dairy.

He sees it being bottled, ready to be sent to the shops.

He learns how milk can be used to make cheese, yoghurt and cream.

Teacher Notes

After viewing the clip, the children could use model animals to create a bird's eye view of the farm William Whiskerson visited.

Pupils could use a freeze-frame of the map shown in the clip to help them build up their model, cutting grassy meadows from green paper and ploughed fields from brown paper or corrugated card.

They could make hedges and trees from twigs. Remind pupils to model other features they have seen in the clip too, such as the cowsheds, a silage pit and a slurry lagoon.

The children could add buildings modelled from boxes and toy tractors, diggers, trucks and tankers to complete the landscape.

Finally, children could check the labelling on a pint of milk from a local supermarket to find out where it came from.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography.

This topic appears in KS1/KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, Knowledge and Understanding of the World Foundation Phase in Wales and Early/1st/2nd levels in Scotland.

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