Early Stage 1 Activities
- study life on a farm and recite rhymes such as ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’
- visit farms or virtual farms to see animals and farmers at work, describe the animals seen
- make observations about tools used on a dairy farm to learn more about what products dairy cows produce
- hear about Aboriginal Dreaming stories highlighting the importance of water/food
- imagine which farm animal they would be and discuss why
- create a shopping list for a farmer, thinking about what they would need to provide for one of their animals
- describe a farm using your senses: what does it look like, smell like, sound like, feel like; what would it taste like
- use ICT tools to create digital stories in text or graphic form about farms.
- Australian virtual farm
- USA virtual farm
- A moo-stery about tools on a dairy farm
- TIDDALIK the Frog - Dreamtime Kullilla Art
- Who Sank the Boat? (YouTube link) Novel by Pamela Allen.
- investigate volume and capacity in the context of foods such as milk or water
- investigate length and area, by understanding paddock sizes and shapes
- study time by discussing the seasons for planting
- survey the class about their favourite farm animals and create a picture graph
- compare weights of farm animals
- learn to count with Number Farm
- calculate farm animal addition questions: there are 16 legs in the paddock, what combinations of animals can you make?
- Thirsty Cows
- Weigh Cows
- Area and size can be studied using Google Earth or Google Maps satellite imagery, https://www.google.com.au/maps , http://www.google.com/earth/
- Number Farm (YouTube link).
Science and Technology
- describe what plants and animals, including humans, need to stay alive and healthy, eg food, water and air
- identify the needs of a variety of living things in a range of situations, eg pets at home, plants in the garden, or plants and animals in bushland and/or on farms
- describe some physical features of a landscape that have been changed by floods, droughts or processes, such as weathering and erosion
- investigate how Earth's resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways
- learn about preserving food by drying
- identify that some common resources are obtained from the Earth, including soil, minerals and water
- describe how some materials obtained from the Earth are used in a range of products at home or at school.
- ABC Splash Paddock to Plate resource
- Fruits of our labour
- Food doesn’t grow in the supermarket (YouTube link)
- Local bush tucker, Sydney and Blue Mountains information
- draw or paint a still life set up by the teacher, of foods that are grown, possibly from the school garden, giving it a title and explaining the importance of food in their family, the sources of food could be highlighted
- create a collage artwork of a farm using coloured papers
- construct a real or virtual diorama – create an environment for a chosen farm animal and provide everything it needs
- create a class, group or individual scarecrow
- create an artwork using straw, rice, lentils, seeds, barley
- pretend they are a farmer or an animal and answer questions as their character
- perform or use Readers Theatre to perform different stories such as ‘The Little Red Hen’, or ‘Mrs Wishy Washy’.
- Local farm market, supermarket, school garden
- Practical tool kit for growing school gardens. Useful for investigation of seasons and time
- Readers Theatre
- The Little Red Hen (YouTube link) ‘speakerboo’
- Mrs Wishy Washy (YouTube link) video of the story
Physical Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
- talk about different foods that keep them healthy
- identify a range of foodstuffs and group them according to their sources
- describe dangerous things they can see, reach and touch
- identify different hazards on a farm and what they should do to keep safe
- participate in farm dances, including the chicken dance.
- The teacher plays a game of ‘Guess this ingredient’ and talks about how each ingredient keeps students healthy
- Munch and move
- Farm safety for kids
- A variety of foods are provided and students place them into the various food groups
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)
- investigate personal and family histories highlighting rural and farming backgrounds
- identify ways in which their own needs and the needs of others are met, individually and co-operatively by rural industries.
- Personal and family histories of students in the class
- Feeding the world, family farms
- Ripper II growing kids on farms.