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.