Lesson plans

Curriculum Overview

Using orchards across the curriculum, plus links to additional teaching and school orchard resources

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Orchard teaching ideas - Science

Label parts of a tree and their functions, identify tree bark and compare seeds, explore the whys and hows of fruit tree grafting, explore orchard biodiversity... and why do apples go brown?

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Orchard teaching ideas - Maths

Investigate how many fruit trees you can plant at a site in rows or in a quincunx pattern, estimate numbers of apples on a tree, use a mix of fruits for fractions, ratios... and much more

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Orchard teaching ideas - History

Explore landscape changes via historic maps, discover stories of orchard workers, investigate the story of an orchard near you

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Orchard teaching ideas - Geography

Develop your fieldwork skills in an orchard, compare records with maps and aerial photos, link fruit varieties to place, plot the journey from plant to plate

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Orchard teaching ideas - English

Describe a tree to a blindfolded partner, create an advert for a new fruit variety, be an historic orchard worker and write a diary entry

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Orchard teaching ideas - Design and Technology

Identify trees by bark and buds, explore the fruit growing season, become a pomologist and identify apples, learn how to store and preserve fruits...

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Orchard teaching ideas - Art

Fruit portraits, orchard landscapes and using an orchard as an artists studio

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