Farm-linked activities for KS1 Science

KS1 activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit.


Curriculum area: Animals including Humans and Plants

Activities:

  • Sorting: separate animals that you have discussed into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Can you identify the differences between them? E.g. teeth, powerful claws
  • Grouping: sort mixed seeds into different types of seed; plant them, observe and discuss.
  • Plant runner bean - use jar and blotting paper until fully sprouted then transplant to growing bag.
  • Make observational drawings, measure height, main structures of the plant.
  • Investigation: what do plants need to survive? Plant cress/ whole lentils/ runner beans in a variety of conditions - no light, no water, no soil, no heat etc. Record, discuss and evaluate results.

Resources needed:

  • A variety of seeds
  • Small plastic flower pots or yogurt pots, compost, labels
  • Runner bean seeds, jar, blotting paper, growing bag

Curriculum area: Living Things and their Habitats

Activities:

  • Collecting leaves from different places on farm or in school environment. Sort by sticking leaves onto paper in sorted groups.
  • Survey your locality for different types of habitat, e.g. woodland, ponds, hedgerows. Then look at the animals that would live there; can you find them?
  • Animals in their local environment compared with farm animals - make a chart e.g.
 
FARM

TOWN
dog Y Y
cow Y N
  • Match environment to animal, then place or draw onto a farm or town eg
dog kennel farm or town
cow field farm

Resources needed:

  • Leaves
  • Pictures, toy models or name labels of animals and birds
  • Worksheet divided into two with picture of farm environment and town environment on either side

Curriculum area: Everyday Materials 

Activities:

  • Investigation: which of these materials keeps a hot-water bottle warmest/milk coolest: wool/
    fleece/acrylic/cotton?
  • Survey: which materials can they see around the farm?

Resources needed:

  • Hot-water bottle or chilled bottle of milk
  • Wool/fleece/acrylic/cotton jumpers

Curriculum area: Seasonal Change

Activities:

Keep a weather diary, temperature, precipitation, light levels. Repeat this throughout the year and compare.
Bio Blitz: collect natural materials from around an area and create a collage. What happens as the seasons change? How do they affect the availability of materials? Lead this to a discussion on wild bird migration and leaving seed heads in the winter as a source of food for wildlife.

Resources needed:

Natural items to collage

Booklet to keep a diary

Wool/fleece/acrylic/cotton jumpers