Monday, 6 February 2017

Animal Pointillism, Farm Machine Inventions, Make Your Own Board Game and The Pony Express

We've been continuing our agriculture project with some varied work including learning sign language for animals and watching a BBC harvest series.

The Boy designed and made a farm machine which filtered and packaged cereals. He had to adjust and amend it as he created it. I think he's going to be an engineer :)

Monkey Girl veered away from UK agriculture and spent a morning researching and learning about agriculture in Africa.

The Boy did some cognitive development work which I based around farms to keep it themed and interesting.

Panda Girl worked on similar printables aimed at older kiddies.

We spent a morning learning about horses...

...including making hilarious Pony Express wanted posters (copied from actual posters from the time -  'Wanted: skinny wiry fellows, preferably orphans')...

...understanding how horses are measured using the 'hand' unit. A horse is considered to be a pony if it is under 14 hands and 2 inches. The kiddies guesstimated objects in terms of how many hands and by the end of the morning seemed to become experts in accuracy....

...and snack time became a lesson in horse nutrition (enough fibre, carbs, protein, fats etc)

Experimenting with Pointillism - art created using various size dots.

Panda Girl created her own board game based on farm successes (a good profit at market) and farm worries (bad harvests).

Monkey Girl named her board game Frustration Farm which I think was subconsciously created from teenage-ing and she found it extremely funny how frustrated everyone got trying to play it. Haha!

The children also created some lovely work about dairy farms and the milk process.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Understanding Agricultural Processes, Systems and Types of Farming

The Boy ordered farm processes

And worked on some farm vocabulary

He also had some farm books read to him by his lovely big sisters.

Working on some interesting farm printables which I downloaded from the internet.

Monkey Girl had to identify and define types of farming (e.g. arable, pastoral, commercial, industrial etc)

Panda Girl and The Boy worked through cognitive farm work

A bit of fun by The Boy

Books for The Boy

We had an enjoyable morning making an illustrated 'Year on a Dairy Farm'.

During the process, The Boy learnt how to use a compass and a protractor.

Their lovely finished work.

Agriculture in the UK

I wanted to return to a farm unit, a subject which we have not covered in about five years, but we approached it from a more mature general agricultural perspective to keep the older ones interested. Having said that we did have some fun this week, exploring what a year on a farm would look like, making use of various toys and cuddlies while we covered each season.


*ploughing the fields
*spraying cereal crops

*feeding the livestock their winter feeds (sugarbeet, hay and silage)

*general farm maintenance

*housing the sheep

*eggs from the hens

 *scanning the ewes for pregnancy

*weaning the calves and feeding the livestock

The children created a seasonal and monthly diary for their work on the farm.


*vaccinating the sheep

*liquid fertiliser applied to the potatoes

*fertilisiing the fields ready for grazing

*tailing the lambs and tagging their ears


*shearing the sheep

*making hay

*irrigating the potato fields

*baling and carting the hay


Many farmers consider Autumn to be the beginning of their year. They sow new crops, plough, cultivate and harvest.

We spent a morning accounting, working out profits from the harvesting and selling of cereal crops, potatoes and hay, and also the selling of livestock after lambing and calving.