Motivate your pupils to walk to school!
For Walk on Wednesday, why not do something different to motivate your pupils to be healthy and help them learn about Africa while they walk? You’ll be joining in with the thousands of children across Africa who walk to school every day. There are ideas and resources for what you can do on each day, (such as playing African games, making plastic bag footballs and eating African fruit), along with a Powerpoint to introduce the idea to pupils. Plus, there are some information boxes about life in East Africa and illustrations to help you to create a classroom display. We’d also love it if you chose to take the opportunity to get children sponsored and fundraise for Send a Cow.
Small gardens, ideal for small hands
Bag Gardens are a type of African garden that Send a Cow teaches families how to make in Africa. They are also a great way to get your pupils involved in a growing project, learning about healthy eating and life in an African country - with plenty of related resources and images to help you. These mini-gardens make the most of soil, compost and waste water, are easy to weed and can be grown in schools. Use the link below to find out more - and order a Bag Garden Starter Kit for £12, or call us on 01225 874222.
Find out how Keyhole Gardens are used at home & school
A Ugandan group and school children in Lesotho show how to make a Keyhole Garden in these two videos. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
You can download these videos for use in schools (if Vimeo is blocked) by creating a Vimeo account, going to the video and choosing the ‘download’ option on the right.
Hope from Uganda shows how to make a Bag Garden
Hope and her friends make a Bag Garden in the first video and the second shows how pupils made their own gardens in a UK school. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
The high-quality version of these video can be found on our Cabbages & Cowpats DVD. Order a copy here.
Shows a garden being used and one being made
One of these colourful Powerpoints is from a school in Lesotho who made a Keyhole Garden to provide food for their school dinners. This can also be seen on the Cabbages and Cowpats DVD (preview using YouTube link below). The other shows how Mpho helps his grandma with their garden and benefits from the healthy food. The slides could also be printed and used as display material. For more information for Welsh schools wanting to partner with a Lesothan school, visit the Dolen Cymru website.
Packed with food related resources
This poster is useful all year, but fits especially well into a harvest topic. There is information about growing food in Rwanda, some fun classroom ideas, plus Janvier’s and Rose’s stories of orphan headed households who now have healthy food because of Send a Cow’s help. The lessons and resources that support the material found on this poster can be found in this section. To receive copies of this resource please use the ‘Order and Sign up’ page and to view our other materials, use the link to the main Send a Cow website.
Mpho is a four year old boy from Lesotho
Mpho lives with his mum and grandma, Mametseliso. Their story shows how Send a Cow training in natural farming methods can supply whole communities with the means to grow healthy food. A great case study if you are looking at the importance of healthy eating and/or growing plants and vegetables. The .kmz file is a short Google Earth Tour showing where Mpho lives (click on it if you have Google Earth, then click on the sub-folder and play.) There are various resources linked to this story mainly around using his keyhole garden and what he eats in, Mpho’s food miles and 5 a day with Mpho. For more information for Welsh schools wanting to partner with a Lesothan school, visit the Dolen Cymru website.
Comparing where children's food comes from
This lesson plan focuses on where the food we eat comes from and the concept of ‘food miles’. It uses the story of Mpho - a four year old boy from Lesotho, who eats vegetables grown in his family’s Keyhole Garden. Where his food is grown is compared to where pupils get their food from, in the activity. It links well to QCA Geography Unit 8 - ‘Connecting ourselves to the world’. The .kmz file is a short Google Earth Tour showing where Mpho lives (click on it if you have Google Earth, then click on the sub-folder and play.)
Fast food - African style
An easy and tasty way to introduce global food issues to your class, possibly as part of an Africa day. Includes ideas for extension and further learning; could be adapted for the QCA Unit 3B - Sandwich snacks.
How a cow changed a family forever
Using Theresa and Kobwemi’s story, this assembly highlights the huge difference a cow can make to a family - from the amount of milk produced and the increase in vegetables. The theme of the assembly incorporates the importance of healthy eating and drinking milk for children in the UK and links in well with QCA Unit 3A - Teeth and eating.
Growing beansprouts in your classroom
A speedy way to introduce plants and growing things to your class - get them growing healthy bean sprouts! These lessons take you right through the process from measuring to germination to eating! The activities include the scientific recording of results and are a good link to Bag Gardens, healthy eating and harvest topics.
Healthy eating lessons from Africa
These two lessons fulfill the curriculum requirement to teach about food groups through reference to the story of a four year old boy from Lesotho called Mpho. They are part global Citizenship and part Science and encourage children to think about healthy eating and specifically the goal of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day - fitting into QCA - Teeth and eating and other areas in Science. For more information for Welsh schools wanting to partner with a Lesothan school, visit the Dolen Cymru website.
Food shapes with healthy eating facts
These shapes with food facts are useful when talking about fresh food and healthy eating. They can also be used alongside the Harvest and African Gardens materials.
The positive power of fruit and veg!
An assembly about growing food in Rwanda. Great for Harvest and useful all year round, telling the story of a genocide orphan called Janvier. This assembly highlights the importance of healthy food in a visual and fun way. To get a copy of our Harvest materials and view other ideas, please use the link to the main Send a Cow website.