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National Dairy Council launches new home-schooling lessons and activities for kids during lockdown



It can be a challenge to keep the kids occupied during the current lockdown but the National Dairy Council (NDC) has now launched a new home-schooling resource to help parents out.

The NDC’s Moo Crew initiative includes online videos, lessons and activities that have been designed to help parents who are home schooling their primary school children during the Covid-19 crisis. The programme was developed in consultation with primary teachers and it’s a fun and engaging way to teach kids about the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet and the importance of exercise.

The Moo Crew lesson plan includes a virtual classroom experience that will help primary school kids to learn all about nutrition, dairy foods, keeping active and dairy farming. The video lessons are delivered by teacher and presenter, Micheál Ó Ciaraidh from Cúla,TG4 and Operation Transformation’s 10@10.

The lesson plan videos are available in English and Irish and come with accompanying activities. Through the lesson plan’s ‘Extension Activities’ and ‘Bring It Home’ section, pupils will have the opportunity to learn about the food pyramid, healthy eating, the importance of regular physical exercise, dental hygiene, dairy and the environment, and the story of milk ‘from grass to your glass’.

The launch of Moo Crew was welcomed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed.

“I very much appreciate this positive initiative by the National Dairy Council while our schools remain closed,” says Minister Creed.

“In this way, our school children can still learn about the valuable role dairy consumption plays in their diet and its support in their general health. Additionally, they will become familiar with the wider links between the milk they consume and the valuable work our dairy farmers are doing on the farms while hopefully continuing to drink milk at home. The connection of the school children of Ireland both urban and rural, with the countryside, agriculture and all its activities via this educational resource is to be welcomed.

The Minister added that the recent pandemic highlighted the importance of our health and encouraged parents to take advantage of this great resource.

“Never has it been more important for us to look after our own health and our children’s health and I would encourage the parents of all primary school going children to avail of this resource. The story of milk from grass to your glass has never been more important.”

The lesson plans have been developed in line with the Irish primary school curriculum, registered nutritionists and the Dental Health Foundation and can be carried out in conjunction with subjects, or they can be undertaken as stand-alone topics. The lesson plans are linked to the SPHE and Geography curriculum in particular. However, there are opportunities for cross-curricular integration across a range of subject areas including Primary Language, Visual Arts and Mathematics.

All lesson plans are available at three levels (infant, junior and senior) in both English and Irish.

A range of additional resources to support the lesson plans such as puzzles, wordsearches, mazes and videos are available on the Moo Crew website.

The School Milk Scheme is managed by The National Dairy Council and funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with the financial support of the European Union.