Activities for Early Years, whilst the school is closed
From 4
th to 8th May 2020

Please continue to add to your scrapbook or record on paper or electronically some of the activities and learning you have been up to at home.

Remember you can include photographs, writing, models, illustrations

This information is only a guide to some of the activities that you can do, we do not expect every task to be completed and you may have some fantastic ideas of your own too!

Farmyard Animals and Farms – The Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell

For the next week our topic is farms and farm animals. Our main topic book is ‘The Pig in the Pond’. This topic will include looking at all sorts of different farm animals and farms. Please look at farms that have animals, what are those animals? Farms that grow crops; what food is produced on those farms? Also, find out about the various jobs around the farm, the type of machinery that is used around the farm and you could even look at the farming calendar? 

If you have access to Pinterest, search Pig in the Pond activities. There are also some food ideas on Twinkl  https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search  and visit my farm https://www.visitmyfarm.org/teachers-resources/304-farm-basedactivitiesforearlyyearsfoundationstage/304-farm-basedactivitiesforearlyyearsfoundationstage

There are some really fun ideas, linked to the story 😊

Considering the whole EYFS curriculum, here are some of the activities and learning that you can do with your child:

Literacy (reading and writing) and Communication and Language (listening and attention, understanding and speaking) 

  • Read the story of the Pig in the Pond together or any other farm related story, like Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, What the Ladybird Heard, by Julia Donaldson, A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson, Topsy and Tim at the Farm by Jean Adamson or any other farm book. 
  • Have a look at a fiction book or non-fiction book about farms, what differences do you notice? Talk about the features of a non-fiction book. Can you find the Contents page? What is it there for? Do you have to read this book from page 1 like you would a story book?
  • Can you write your own farm-based story? Try creating a fact file or non-fiction book about being on a farm or about your favourite farm animal.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/down-on-the-farm

  • When talking about the farm animals, discuss their purpose on the farm. Can you name the adult and baby farm animal? 
  • Draw one of the farm animals and label its body parts.  For an example, try visiting this site https://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/mammals/farm/Pigprintout.shtml 
    Discuss the different names used for the different body parts, e.g. Do horses have feet? What is a pig’s nose called?
  • Play a guessing game. Describe a farm animal and see who can guess what it is. Take turns so your child has to think of the descriptive vocabulary needed to describe their animal. This idea can also be taken into a drawing activity where you describe the features of the animal and your child has to draw from your description. 

Maths (number and space, shape and measure) 

This week we are focusing on money. Keep it simple as understanding the value of coins is a hard concept for children. Use 1p and 2p coins initially. Discuss the value of each coin (we tap a 1p coin one time and a 2p coin two times to help demonstrate this). 

Start with 1p coins and make amounts up to 10p. We can do this through a shopping game. Get some tins from your cupboard, write a price on or make some price tags (Twinkl have some good money resources). Play shops! When you feel your child has understood the value of the 1p coin, introduce 2p coins. 

You can repeat this with 5p and 10p coins, if you feel your child has understood the value of the other coins.

Linked to the farm topic:

Expressive Arts and Design (Art/music/movement)

  • Make a farm animal mixed media picture. Use resources from indoors/ outdoors, make it big or small.
  • Paint your favourite farmyard animals or use sponges to print an animal.
  • Can you make your own farm? You could use Lego or similar construction to build the barns and machinery.
  • What songs and rhymes do you know about farms? Do you have a favourite? Can you practise singing it? 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-a-to-z-index/z4ddgwx

  • Sing ‘Old MacDonald’ and use animal movements for each farm animal you include in the song.

Physical Development (PE, Games, Gym, Fine Motor) 

Encourage children to do some form of physical activity each day, there are some good ideas such as Joe Wicks 30-minute workout: 

  • Outside, practise kicking, throwing and catching a ball. Points could be awarded for a number of catches/ throws. Make it more challenging by playing down on one knee http://www.gameskidsplay.net/games/ball_games/down_down_down.htm
  • Inside, use a balloon or square-shaped scarf instead of a ball.
  • Set up an obstacle course, try and include going under, over and balancing skills. Encourage your child to create their own obstacle course. They could even draw a diagram of it!
  • Use a stopwatch (or count) the length of time it takes you to get around the obstacle course.

Understanding the World (ICT, Science, Geography, Design and Technology, RE) 

Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire have a fun webcam to share: https://www.folly-farm.co.uk/webcams/barn-webcam/  

National Forest Adventure Farm have a lambing webcam set up:   https://www.adventurefarm.co.uk/lambing/

  • Look at farming through the ages, what did farmers do before having tractors and machinery? 
  • Make a model farm out of junk modelling, Lego or Duplo. What would you include? 
  • Share and discuss ‘The Creation Story’, in terms of the plants and food that God created.
  • What signs of Spring are in your garden or do you see, if you are going out for a walk or bike ride.
  • Are you growing any of your own vegetables or fruit? What time in the year do we celebrate farms and farming? Do you remember what that festival is called and why we celebrate it? 

Phonics

  • Please keep practising those Tricky Words, and look at all of your phase 2 and phase 3 sounds. The sounds to practise this week are:
Mrs Bishop’s GroupMrs Cannon’s & Mrs Nixon /Mrs Wilkin’s /Mrs Bourne’s GroupMrs Newington’s Group
th, v and fee/ ngigh
Look at different words with these sounds, can you work out if it is a th,v or f sound? van, fan, this, that, vanish, farmer, thanksLook at different words with these sounds in keep, seek, peep, ring, ping, goingLook at the different words with these sounds in high, sigh, night, light 

Hopefully, Freddy Frog and Millie Mole will be sending you some more activities too and don’t forget to check out Harold’s Daily Diary on https://www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/harolds-daily-diary

Keep well, everyone
xxx