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[11th September 2019]

A global Harvest Festival: primary schools celebrate with new digital resources

Primary school pupils across the UK are getting ready to celebrate a Harvest Festival with a difference this month, using exciting new digital resources.

Discovery Education Espresso has collaborated with Switzerland’s Alimentarium Academy to produce harvest videos, games and activities for today’s digital classrooms. The engaging multimedia content will help children to explore why Harvest Festival is so important and learn how it is celebrated around the world.

Taking a tour from North America to Asia, pupils will see how harvest time happens in different countries, discovering the diverse traditions and rituals that celebrate the end of each growing season. From farm to fork they’ll explore a tasty array of national dishes, comparing international meals with their own and learning about the nutritional value of different food groups.

The sharing of food with friends and family is at the centre of every harvest celebration, and the new digital resources will engage children with the social aspects of eating, showing how and why people come together to give thanks for the food on their plate. As Harvest Festival approaches (21-23 September), pupils will also consider the impact of today’s global food market, making links with sustainability, the technology of food preservation and their own food choices.

Hazel Carter from Discovery Education said:

We’re delighted to collaborate with Alimentarium Academy to offer schools new digital resources to celebrate Harvest Festival. From discovering food traditions in other countries to understanding more about nutrition, the new multimedia content will help teachers to engage children with one of the world’s oldest festivals while learning about sustainability and the environment.

Part of a 3-year partnership between Alimentarium and Discovery Education, the new digital resources will help primary school teachers to meet National Curriculum requirements in areas such as Geography, PSHE and Design and Technology.

The new content is available to schools with a Discovery Education Espresso subscription now. Schools interested in a free trial can request one here.

Alimentarium Academy is part of the world-famous Alimentarium Museum - an international public learning centre for all issues relating to food and nutrition. Discovery Education Espresso is one of the UK’s leading digital learning services, delivering dynamic curriculum matched content to over half of the UK’s primary schools.

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About Alimentarium

The Alimentarium Foundation founded by Nestlé in 1980 has been running a food museum for over 30 years. In 2013, it radically changed strategy by deciding to invest mainly in a digital outreach program anchored in the physical museum a transmedia approach to content creation and dissemination.

With this approach, the Alimentarium Foundation aims to become a worldwide reference on food and nutrition, combining a digitally and physically interconnected learning platform to share its expertise with the general public and professionals. The Alimentarium today is an international public learning centre composed of two interconnected spaces, alimentarium.org and Alimentarium, the Museum.

The portal alimentarium.org contains a section dedicated to the pedagogical program Alimentarium Academy. All is available worldwide for free and published in French, German and English. Academy, our online learning ecosystem targets (school) children, teachers and parents in particular whereas the other digital outputs cater for amateurs and offer insights for specialists.

For more information visit alimentarium.org and alimentarium.academy