Thursday, 19 May 2016

Lots of fun down on the farm!

Just a few more photos of our trip to Willows farm. The children were beautifully behaved and made us very proud! We learned about what the animals ate, where they lived, why pigs like mud, what the word for the noises donkeys make is, how our food is grown, what plant makes flour for bread as well as having lots of fun!
Off our trip!

Our tractor ride.

Meeting Daisy the cow and learning about how they get milked.

Feeding the cows

 Feeding the donkey

Stroking the guinea pigs

Joining in with the show!!

Riding the JCBs

 No wonder we were all completely exhausted!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A wonderful time at Willows!

What a great day we have had today!

In spite of the rain we managed to fit in a lot of exciting activities.

First, we went on a ride on Tristan the Tractor, we saw lots of different animals from the tractor and we sang some farm themed songs. What animals can you see in the photos?

After this we had a chance to explore the outside areas of the farm, and we saw lots more animals up close. We learnt the name for a daddy pig, a mummy and daddy chicken, and a daddy goat. Can you remember them? How could we find out?

It started to rain, but luckily we had a fantastic guide who took us the indoor petting farm, where we all had a chance to feed some animals and cuddle some guinea pigs. What do we need to do after we have touched animals? Why?

We saw a fun show with Lily Rabbit, who taught us a song about 5 radishes.

We all enjoyed our delicious packed lunches - thank you parents and carers!

After lunch we saw another show, this time Peter Rabbit taught us some songs.

Then we watched a sheep race, there were sheep with different numbers and colours on. Can you remember which one won?

Some of us went to see the growing patch and the pigs, and we learnt a very interesting fact about pigs: they chew stones to clean their own teeth!

Finally, after being really beautifully behaved all day, we were ready for a run around! We had a chance to play either in Toddler Town or on the diggers.

It was a great day, and the children were fantastic - well done!

Thank you so much for all of our wonderful parent helpers - we couldn't have done it without you!

The EYFS team

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


This term we have been exploring growth in living things including ourselves and plants.

We have read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and this has inspired us to build our own castle kitchen in the role play area. We have looked at different plants and found different ways to measure them, for example using tape measures, rulers and stacks of cubes.


Butterflies have planted their own beans and are watching to see how they grow and change over time.

This week, we have been reading "Handa's Surprise" - there is a link to the video version here. We have been learning the names of the different fruit in the story, and talking about how and why fruit and vegetables are good for us. Butterflies have been writing poems about fruit using their senses.

Caterpillars talked about what they already knew about healthy eating and then we talked about how we could find out even more by looking on the computer, for example by looking at the child-friendly site Kiddle. Are sausages and bacon healthy? How could we find out?

In Maths, Butterflies have been learning about doubling and Caterpillars have been learning about how many we would have if we had one more.

Next week: we will be continuing to explore healthy foods and to support this we will be reading "Oliver's Fruit Salad". Butterflies will be exploring halving and Caterpillars will continue to look at 'one more'. In literacy Caterpillars will be listening to the initial sounds in words. Butterflies will be learning how to write instructions.