We started our topic by talking about all the different animals we might find on a farm and discussing some facts that we already know.
We looked at the book 'Look inside a Farm' and learnt some new facts about farms ready for our class trip to Standalone Farm. We also came up with some questions that we might like to ask the farmers or staff who look after the animals.
For our BIG BANG, we were visited by two tractors from one of the local farms. The children got the opportunity to sit in both of them and beep the very loud horn! We spoke about why each tractor was different and how vehicles have changed over time. After this, we went on to label the different parts of a tractor in our literacy lessons.
Honeypot class were very lucky this half term, we were visited by 2 lambs and 2 goat kids. We got to ask the farmers wives questions about how to look after these farm animals and found out some very interesting facts before we got to see them at Standalone farm.
After we were visited, some children wrote thankyou letters or painted pictures to say 'thank you for bringing the farm animals in'. Some children also wrote questions for the farmer to find out more information about being a farmer or how to look after specific animals.
For our class trip Honeypot went to Standalone Farm in Letchworth. We started our day by exploring the farm and meeting many of the wonderful animals. The donkeys were one of our favourites as they were so noisy! When we got to see the cows, there were a couple of calves and the children were very surprised out how small they were. The mummy and daddy cows looks so much bigger.
We loved watching the cows being fed bananas (!!), we also got to milk a pretend cow, feed the goats and brush a pony. We completed our trip by playing in the activity areas, riding on the tractors and watching the trains go by on the miniature train track.
We have been learning about how food crops grow on different farms or allotments. To help us understand this a little more, we have been reading the story 'Oliver's Vegetables'.
We spoke about what we need to do to ensure food crops can grow well. To see this in real-life action, we planted our own vegetable seeds from the story in our nature garden. Each day, we watered them carefully and enjoyed watching their leaves sprout from the soil.
We became interested in how some of the vegetables would taste both raw and cooked, so we tried them. We then created a word bank of adjectives to describe the vegetable and made a pictogram to show which vegetable we liked the best.
The next week, we used these vegetables to make our very own vegetable soup, thinking about which vegetables would go best in a soup. Once it was cooked, we tasted it! We took a vote to see if we preferred the soup blended or chunky - blended won!