18. End food poverty in London

By Martin Crabbe | March 20 2019

18. End food poverty in London

Blog Category: Campaign updateBlog Tags: Education and Education

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    #Love London. Love the World 

    Climate Action 18: End food poverty in London (Global Goal 2)

    Target audience: Key Stage 2 Science students

    1. Zero hunger (Global Goal 2)

    Read the cartoon below and discuss it with your class. Then move onto section 2.

    2. Digging where you stand

    Start doing something practical to address food poverty in your school.

    Explain to pupils that, in this topic, they will be exploring urban growing, by looking at examples of urban farms in London and by conducting experiments to learn how things grow in their surrounding communities. There are three Discover activities to choose from in this topic; they follow on from each other but you don’t have to do all activities.

    Explain that designers of school grounds need to carefully consider the light and shade of their patch of ground. It is useful to know which parts get the most or the least light. This is especially true in cities, where plots can be shaded by tall buildings. If sun-loving plants are positioned in areas that are usually in shadow, the plants will not grow well. Sometimes there can be too much light. Playgrounds for small children often have an area which is shaded by a canopy so that they can shelter from hot sun in the summer time.

    In the first activity, pupils will survey the school buildings and grounds to work out which areas get more light and which have more shade. They will also think about how this situation changes through the day.

    With special thanks to Sarah Jane Taylor, thirteen.co.uk, Artichoke, Be Open, Growing Undeground, Mayor’s Fund for London, Museum of London

    Click here to see the resource Illuminating London. The work on Light and Growing starts on page 71 of the download.

    Once you have started this unit you might be encouraged to  develop a longer term and more wide ranging response to food in your school engaging many different parts of the curriculum. There are great projects available to support schools. For example:

    • The Food Growing Schools: London partnership brings together the very best of London’s food growing expertise, information and support, with the ambition to inspire and equip every school in London to grow their own food.
    • The Food for Life Schools Award is a great way to demonstrate that your school is doing fantastic work to provide healthy school meals, great lunchtimes and food education that has a positive impact on both pupils and the wider community.
    1. Background to this resource

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum– developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson– produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
    • End extreme poverty
    • Fight inequality and injustice
    • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.


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