Well done to Year 4 from Kitebrook School who experienced a very chilly farm today. Once they started to build World War 1 trenches in the den building wood, the cold toes were soon forgotten. In the morning once the health and safety talk was over, I talked about my family in World War 1. Great Great Grandfather had one son who went to the Great War and another son who stayed on the farm to help produce food for a nation under food rationing. I showed them the poppy I bought from the Tower of London display, to remember the son who never came home. From history to science, we moved on to the most important thing on the farm……soil.
We talked about the two different soil types at Sandfield Farm (clue in the name) and why farmers believe worms really are ‘super worms’. The children measured out a square metre and guessed how many worms there would be in a healthy soil. The figure of 740 was represented by 740 bits of worm length pink wool, carefully cut and counted by me (!). There was a lot of pink in the square. From there I used footballs, tennis balls and bouncy eggs to explain soil particle size. Then some of the children insisted on smelling the clay soil and then feeling how sticky it was. Once the clay had been scrapped off and deposited over the hand washing area, we set off on a walk of the farm. We saw the housed heifers and discussed why they weren’t out on the grass, followed by a look at the cows who are out-wintered on the free draining sandy soil.
Play wood after lunch, where a dead squirrel caused much interest…
A lovely day, thank you Year 4.