The National Literacy Strategy has already reached the bedrooms and playrooms of key stage 1. In The Children Who Live on Planet Food it extends its grip into their kitchens. Although the pack is produced by the British Meat Education Service, it acknowledges vegetables, fruit, nuts and shellfish as well as animal products. A big book describes what children eat in a variety of countries; recipe cards give organised instructions about how to get the food on the table; and activity cards, backed up by detailed teacher's notes, turn it all into opportunities for reading and writing.
The Children Who Live on Planet Food is free to schools from British Meat Education Services, PO Box 44, Winterhill House, Snowdon Drive, Milton Keynes MK6 1AX. Tel: 01908 84188. Fax: 01908 671722. Website: www.bmesonline.org.uk A heroic pig, a faithful dog and a communicative gorilla all feature in Share The World, a free resource pack designed to promote respect for our fellow creatures containing a variety of ideas for covering assorted sections of the national curriculum. It's not all heart-warming stories - there's a grim Philip Larkin poem about neglecting pets, and Blake's verse comparing humans to flies. As well as suggestions for class work, there's a video that strikes a fair balance between zoological information and the stimulation of compassionate thought.
Copies can be ordered by calling 020 8870 4916 or contacting Share The World, PO Box 24198, London SW18 4FG. Website: www.sharetheworld.org.uk