Iron Man is a great story to explore on the farm. The children were able to look at how the farm buildings, machinery and fencing are made of metal, just right for the Iron Man to chew.
In the small wood the children were tasked with the challenge of creating a scene from the book. Some children used a pine cone for the Iron Mans eye in the Seagulls nest, others made the parts of the Iron Man at the bottom of the cliff, whilst others created Iron Man himself.
Myths about farmers, for example,
1. all farmers are men
2. farmers are rich because they live in big houses
3. organic farming is unsustainable
Examples of local ley lines/dragon lines
a) running from Pershore Abbey, through Elmley Castle, Bredon Hill and through to Winchcombe Abbey
b) Cotswold circular Ley running through the Rollright Stones
What is the difference between a Myth and Legend? An example of a legend is Robin Hood and an example of a myth is a Unicorn.
The Beast of Bredon Hill (rather like the Beast of Bodmin) was spotted in the early 2000’s…. footprints were found by the pond at Sandfield Farm.
jam jar lid, lump of air drying clay and bits of nature from the farm
a stick, dried in the polytunnel, sprayed white, hold drilled through for the nose, pipecleaners, pen and some ribbon
chunky stick, dried, sprayed white, hole drilled through the top, orange sticky paper, pen and ribbon
The very enthusiastic Year 3 class from Swan Lane visited today. Their new topic is Victorians and I introduced them to the topic by telling them about Victorian farming. We looked at old fashioned butter making, the maids window in the Victorian farmhouse, a shire horse and shoe, mixed farming which produced all the food the farm needed, Victorian plough, traditional Vale of Evesham orchard etc…The activity in the den building wood was to make a picture of a cartwheel they had seen at the farmhouse….
The wonderful Year 1 from Bredon Hancocks visited today. Their theme was Jack and the Beanstalk and plants.
The children were great at retelling the story of Jack and his magic beans.
In the den building wood the children were asked to build a beanstalk, using sticks and leaves. They were asked to make a nest of golden eggs at the top of the beanstalk.
Measured out a Viking longship using sticks with a lovely Home Ed group. We were surprised how small the longship (17m long, 2.5 m wide) was for forty Vikings and that it was only 50cm deep with a 12m x 12m woolcloth sail (16m mast). The longships had symmetrical ends so that they didn’t need to turn in a narrow river or when they needed a quick get away. The ends often had a dragon or snake head.
We then made our own ships for some rubber ducks and went ‘Viking fishing’ in the pond. Glorious sunshine for woodland play after lunch.
A lovely group of Home Educated children came out to the farm to learn about Victorians. I explained about Sandfield Farm in the Victorian times and showed them the farmhouse, including the maids bedroom window. At the farmhouse we still have a Victorian cart wheel and plough. The children helped me to make butter and I showed them an old butter churn. A metal detector found a horse shoe from a heavy horse who worked on the farm, which I showed to the children and we thought about how large the horse must have been.
Victorians enjoyed making paper flowers and scrap books. The children made a Spring paper flower and cut up old farming magazines to make a farming scrap book page.
Butter making, butter pats and butter press
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