Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children in Nursery should be able to ‘enjoy responsibility for carrying out small tasks.’
Talk about the Duck and the Farmer in Farmer Duck. Who worked harder? Was it fair? What type of jobs did the duck do on the farm? What kind of jobs do you think there are in our house?
Encourage your child to help with jobs around the house this week. Is there a job that can be theirs for them to do every day? Could they help with dinner? Could they learn how to make their own bed each morning? Share the jobs out this week and celebrate when people have been helpful or you have worked as a family team like the animals in the story.
Gross motor skills:
Fine-motor skills: Draw some different farm-themed patterns and shapes for your child to experiment cutting out. You could draw a straight path, zig-zag grass, wavy mud or an egg. Focus on holding the scissors correctly and on turning the paper, not your hands, when cutting different shapes. You can use this rhyme to help you hold the scissors correctly:
“Fingers in the bottom, thumb in the top, open up the scissors and chop, chop, chop!”
Video challenge: Learn how to hold scissors and do some cutting with Miss Bagnall.
Health and Self-Care:
Watch these clips and talk about which foods and materials come from farms e.g. wool, apples, carrots and chicken. Look in your own kitchen for foods that have come from a farm. Let me know what you find.
Understanding the World
Science Experiment: Farmer Duck is fed up of getting his tractor stuck in the mud. Can you help him?
Using a toy tractor/car, push it across difference surfaces at your house and describe the textures and how well the tractor can get over them. You could travel over grass, stone, slabs, bubble wrap, mud, a table, jelly, cereal, the sofa. Post a message to Farmer Duck on Tapestry to let him know what you found out. You might like to use some science materials words such as smooth, rough, bumpy, soft, hard etc.
Animals and their babies: Talk about the different animals you might have on a farm and see if you can match these mother and baby animals, discussing what we call them.
Growing vegetables experiment:
Expressive Arts and Design
Make your own farm animal crafts. Here are some ideas:
Make your own farm in a tray and use plastic animals to do some small world play. You could use stones, sticks, weetabix, herbs, mud, play dough, angel delight, cereal, popcorn kernels etc. Here are some ideas to help you:
Put on your own performance of “Old MacDonald Has a Farm” for your family using masks or instruments.
Watch this clip to find out all about what combine harvesters do on a farm...
Video Challenge: Now that you know all about combine harvesters, join in with Miss Bagnall’s special combine harvester song.