Challenge: Geography!

On Monday 12th October, a group of children from Year 5 and Year 6 gathered to learn about Food Miles. They are miles that your food travels. We did maps on different products that Miss Knight brought for us, such as, coconut milk and Belgian mint hot chocolate. For a starter, we had to do an A to Z list of fruit and vegetables, and tried to list where they came from. We got stuck on E, I, J, N, Q, U, X, Y and Z. The ones we got stuck on were ones like Egg Fruit, Ita Palm, Jujube, Nectarine, Quince, Ulgi, Xingu and Zucchini. We also looked up miles between countries and watched a video about the journey of a banana.

After break, we went back to the library and started typing up for the blog, the challenge wall (Look outside M6), re-doing our map if we wanted to and drawing a cartoon/comic of the life cycle of a banana. Some miles we recorded included 9459 miles from Australia, 1181 miles from Italy and 5256 miles from Colombia.

Did You Know?

  • Elvis Presley liked fried banana and peanut butter sandwiches
  • It takes 11 days for bananas to sail over here
  • Customers of supermarkets will not buy bananas with even a tiny bruise on a bunch
  • We scoffed almost one billion bananas last year
  • It’s the most popular fruit
  • They have a radius of about 3cm
  • The banana tree is about seven metres tall
  • The banana plantation in Costa Rica is three hundred and twenty four football pitches
  • England are bananas about bananas!
  • The amount of food being flown into the UK has doubled in the last 10 years 🙂

Written by Amy Holden

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Where are these food produced?
Where are these food produced?
From field to our plate. Where bananas come from.
From field to our plate. Where bananas come from.
Working out where our food comes from.
Working out where our food comes from.

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