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Buttermaking with Mrs Tomes

Poem - Slicing bread

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Monday 20th March 2020 Farming around the World

Set up a small world farm.

Create your own farm house, what do you think they might do on a farm as well as looking after the animals?

What is the name of the farm? What are people visiting the far allowed/not allowed to do? Make some helpful signs to help visitors e.g. keep dogs on a lead, shut the gates behind you etc.

Good questions to ask:

What do you think the farmer would have to do every day? Make a list of all the jobs you think you would need to do if you were a farmer?

If you were a farmer what would you like to have on your farm? What sounds do you think you would hear living in the countryside?  How do you think it is different to living in a big town?

Purple Mash

If you log onto purple mash, you can access mini-mash. If you click on the display board at the back, you can then access and explore the farm area. Here there are a series of farm videos and activities you can take part in. Also I have put some activities onto the 2do list. One involves adding your face to the outline of a farmer and writing a list of the jobs he has to do on a farm.

Finger puppet farm animals

Can you do super careful cutting and cut out these farm animals. If you wind them around your finger and use some sellotape they make excellent finger puppets- can you use them to make up a story about visiting a farm?


Today are attached some phonics powerpoints of yes/no question. Can they right ‘yes’ and ‘no’ on two sheets of paper.  Choose the correct level for your child and help them read through the questions, can they understand what they have read and select the correct answer?




Dancing cows

Cows often spend the winter months in barns, so that the farmers can feed them. They are always so excited when they get back out in the fields again. Watch this clip of dancing cows.

Can you make a dance up to the music? Think about how happy the cows are to be seeing grass again after being inside for so long! 


Talk for writing

Talk for writing are a national organisation that support writing in schools. I have done lots of training with them, and their philosophy is really sound- ‘you can’t write it until you can talk it!’. They have sent out a home school pack for Reception, and it is about a farmyard cat- which links abit with our topic. It might not suit everyone but there are a range of good, fun activities on here.

The link is

Play who am I?

Put a selection of animals in a bag. Take turns to take an animal secretly out of the bag. The other person has to guess which animal you  have! Can play with whatever your child’s interests are…minibeasts, superheroes etc.

I have included a powerpoint below, with clues for you to guess the animal.

Farm label sheet

We did a few of these before we broke up. The children write labels for each object using their phonics sounds. Before they begin, remind them of left to right writing- quite often with labels they write the opposite way(into the space!)

Farm counting sheet

To ten or twenty, make your choice. Good to practise accurate counting and number writing. Maybe print out a number line to support numbers being correctly orientated which is what a lot have as their targets!!




First, Then Now stories..

Use the farmyard to create some stories. First there were five cows in the field. Then two more came into the field. Now, there are how many in the field?

First there were 6 chickens in the barn. Then four more came into the barn. Now there are how many chickens in the barn?

Then play…first, then, now how many are hidden game?

First there are three animals under a blanket, then add 2 more.  Now there are?

Encourage your child to not have to count again the animals under the blanket, but to count on. 3..4,5.



Look at the craft activity powerpoint which was added on yesterday lunchtime.


Farm sentence sheets

Can you colour in the pictures and write sentences about what is happening on these sheets.

The National Academy

The government have set up on-lessons for Reception. Some of them have some good ideas, some of them are a little easier than we have been working at. Do try any of the lessons that you think your child would enjoy and be involved with.

Yesterday for English, they did some work on ‘The Three Little Pigs’, this ties in quite well with our farming topic. It has some good bits that link to materials.

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Butter making

Launching our making butter video, hopefully later today. It’s currently in the editing suite!

Can you have a go, and let me know how it tastes.

Rhyme for the week

Watch the video and learn the poem, ‘Sliced Bread’


BBC school radio has the song, I went to visit a farm one day…..

Can you sing and learn the song, can you make up any new verses?


Mr Mc has been producing some you tube videos to support Reception phonics. This week he is doing sh, ch, th and ng which most of you will already know and be using in your reading and writing. However, he has also put in some later phase three sounds which are useful. Next week he is looking at phase 5 sounds, I started this with the majority of the class just before school closed, so do follow his videos over the next two weeks- if they are helpful!

The Oak National Academy

Some of you sent me some super sentences about your favourite bit of ‘The Three Little Pigs Story’. Do follow through on English lessons for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for follow up work on this story.

Numeracy: If your child isn’t secure on one more/one less than do watch those lessons for this week. Also there is a Maths investigation video on the Friday session

Numeracy investigation

The Farmer saw 12 legs walking across the farmyard.

How many creatures could he have seen? How many different answers can you find?

Numeracy worksheets

For those who are enjoying the worksheets, choose between missing farm numbers 11-20 or 20-30 for those who love a challenge.


Friday 23rd April

Cut and stick Farm

Use the sheets in the file below to cut and stick and design a farm.

Mothers and their young

Cut out the pictures of the young animals and match them to their mothers.

Making butter

Watch the butter video above and have a go at making butter.

Rosie’s Walk

If you have the book, ‘Rosie’s Walk’ this is a great farming book or watch it being read on you tube.

Talk about the farm on which Rosie lives. Look at each building in the book and identify its name- barn, henhouse, beehive and windmill.

Talk about the role of windmills, making flour from grain. Maybe you can make a windmill from a cereal box.

Can the children think of some new hazards for the fox. What would happen if…there was a piece of rope across his path? ….a bucket of water?  …..a banana skin?

Ask the children to think about how the story might change  if Rosie were to turn around and catch sight of the fox. How might the story have ended?