Farm-linked activities for KS1 English

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

These activities can be adapted for use as a teacher-led or an independent activity.

Talk for Writing Activity Ideas

  • Role play in a structured area - milking parlour with farmer, inspector/assistants, milk tank/lorry driver, etc. Introduce vocabulary of milking parlour.
  • Teacher demonstrates how you can act out various scenarios - awkward cows which won't budge, milking time, cow falls ill, tanker arrives, etc.
  • Children act out their own scenarios.
  • Extend role-play, introduce the vet - incorporate into milking parlour set eg farmer, vet, assistants, sick cow.
  • Farm Shop with assistants and customers. Items marked according to children's ability with money e.g. 1p, 2p items or 10p, 50p.

Resources needed

  • White coat and gloves
  • Box for medicines.
  • Till
  • Box marked refrigerator
  • Display area
  • Egg boxes
  • Bags
  • Telephone
  • Order pad and price lists
  • Plastic food
  • Arrange furniture or dividers in classroom into cubicles with cardboard cows (or children as cows)
  • Farm pictures
  • Tubing with clothes pegs to simulate milking machine
  • Feed bowls and pretend cow cakes
  • Gloves
  • Name tags to make sure children know their roles

Reading; Words



Resources needed:

  • Selection of picture alphabets to look at
  • Farm picture - words on display around the room


  • Phonics: alliteration as word game or book making. e.g. happy hens, proud peacock; farm phonics families: feet, feed, weed, sheep, steer, cheek.
  • Vocabulary: using farm words, animal names, adults/babies, crops, buildings, vehicles
    (these words should be available on display around classroom).

Reading Comprehension


  • Using some information books on farms - sort pile of books into fiction/non-fiction.
  • Find me two facts about cows.
  • How many books have index page/contents page/pictures?
  • Find page with ???? on it.
  • Make a poster about pigs which contains 6 facts.

Resources needed:

  • Variety of non-fiction or 'topic' books and websites about farming

Writing: Transciption and Composition


  • Story Writing: write about a farm set in the 1940s; a problem on the farm; an animal escaping; or a trailer tipping over.
  • Labelling: label a map or a life cycle with vocabulary learnt on the farm.
  • Descriptive: describe scarecrow/night on farm. Diary: day in life of chosen farm animal or farmer.
  • Speech bubbles: pictures of animals with speech bubbles, children complete bubbles.
  • Letters: to farmer asking question/thanking them for visit; to the vet; to farming organisations asking for information; as an animal to a farmer.
  • Poems: simple alliteration using adjective and name of animal; animal noise poems; list of animals to which children add adjectives; acrostic poems.
  • Non Chronological report: about chosen animal, or building on the farm, or farm machinery.

Resources needed:

  • Book folded with two slits, small envelope with some rice/lentils inside, slot envelope into slits
  • Pictures with speech bubbles
  • Folded books, either zig-zag or origami

Text List:

'What the Lady Bird Heard', Julia Donalson
'Harvest Fire', Tim Lerwill
'Oliver's Milkshake', Vivian French and Alison Bartlett
'Oliver's Fruit Salad', Vivian French and Alison Bartlett
'Oliver's Vegetables', Vivian French and Alison Bartlett
'Wiggling worms at work', Wendy Pfeffer
'Emma's Lamb', Kim Lewis
'Little Baa', Kim Lewis
'Farmer John's Tractor', Sally Sutton
'Mrs Wishy Wash's Farm', Joy Cowley
'Farm Yard Hullabaloo', Giles Andreae
'Duck in the Truck', Jez Alborough
'The Rhyming Rabbit', Julia Donalson
'Farmer Duck', Martin Waddell
'Tadpole's Promise', Jeanne Willis
'Underwater Farmyard', Carol Ann Duffy
'Misery Moo', Jeanne Willis
'A Squash and a Squeeze', Julia Donalson
'The very Busy Spider', Eric Carle