Geography KS1: Growing and picking orchard fruit

William Whiskerson meets Lucy and Laura in an orchard.

He learns about the different types of fruit that grow there including berries, cherries and apples.

He learns how they need sunlight and water to become ripe.

He then picks some strawberries and visits the orchard shop where he discovers how the orchard fruit can be made into juice and jams.

Aerial shots and general views combined with maps and graphics show how orchard fruit is farmed in Kent.

Teacher Notes

After viewing the clip, ask the class: "Where have you seen fruit growing?"

Prompt pupils to think of places in the neighbourhood, such as gardens and allotments.

Pupils may also have seen blackberries in hedgerows and on waste ground.

Help the children locate Sittingbourne in Kent on a map. Can they find Orchard Farm?

Pupils could use Google Earth to take a closer look at the land around Sittingbourne.

Ask: "Can you spot any other orchards? How do you know that is what they are?"

Establish that orchards need plenty of open space for crops to grow.

The children might spot polytunnels, or trees set out in rows.

Pupils could check the labels on supermarket fruit to find out where it comes from.

Can they find any produce from Kent?

With your help, pupils could group and draw fruit that grows on trees, on bushes and on plants close to the ground.

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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