Early Years Learning

We all know the best way for children to learn is not to know they are learning ! Here at North Bradbury Farm we offer many opportunities for your children to learn while having fun , sharing new experiences , while building confidence all supporting their education. There are daily opportunities for the children to explore their natural environment in a fun , creative and practical way.Through the exploration of our fabulous natural environment here on the farm we offer practical , hands on experiences to inspire the children to achieve and learn, while gaining confidence as the holiday progresses…….

Farmer Chris also encourages the children to love and respect the farm and all the animals that live here and to learn where your food comes from . We address all the different areas of learning on a daily basis from Early Years Foundaton Stage – birth to five , Key Stage 1-  five to seven year olds and Key Stage 2 – seven to eleven year olds . One of our visiting parents once said ” everday is a school day at NBF ”

Communication and Language –

Giving children the opportunity to experience and use new vocabulary , develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves  and to speak and listen in a range of situations. Farmer Chris gives them lots of opportunities to listen, understand and follow instructions , respond appropriately , ask questions and express themselves.

Physical Development –

There are lots of opportunities here for the children to be active and interactive and to develop their coordination , control and movement. Feeding the animals , catching and holding the animals. Opening , closing and climbing gates and styles. Pony rides and pony and cart rides. Using our play areas to climb , balance , swing , pedal and jump. Or maybe in our wilderness garden climb  a tree , skim a stone , make a den , dam the stream.Playing and swimming in our pool.

Completing the work sheets and colouring books.

Personal , Social and Emotional Development –

Helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves and others to form positive relationships and develop respect for others. To develop social skills and learn to manage their feelings , to understand appropriate behaviour in groups and to have confidence in their own abilities . Self confidence grows throughout the child`s stay with support from participating adults, other children staying and their siblings .Farmer Chris expects all the childen to conform , cooperate and behave around the other children and animals – so that all the children get the full benefit of their stay with us. He will give the older children more responsibility.

At the end of their stay children will be given a present for their help during the week.

Literacy –

lnvolves encouraging children  to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write while igniting their interest. Around the farm we have signs and notices for the children to read.We have information packs in the cottages and for outside around the farm we have a scavenger hunt ,  an animal hunt and wild life work sheets.

Mathematics –

Providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting , understanding and using numbers , calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes , spaces and measures.

  • Counting the sheep
  • Counting the eggs and putting them in boxes
  • Which is the tallest pony ?
  • Which is the smallest duckling ?
  • How many scoops of food do we need for each animal ?

Understanding of the world  –

Guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore , observe and find out about people , places , technology and the environment. Observing the farm animals , starting to understand where their food comes from , how it is grown and beginning to look at life cycles – collecting the eggs , incubator , broody lamp , small enclosure , large enclosure with pond , ducks going into the freezer. Doing our farm walk looking out for the beetle homes , hidden animals and identifying wildlife , fauna and flora  along the way.

Expressive Arts and Design –

Involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials , as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts , ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art , music , dance , role-play and design and technology.

We have drawing materials in the cottages and the children are encouraged to show their drawings to Farmer Chris and they are often exibited in the farm shop and our farm facebook page for everyone to enjoy ! We have a children`s library, also in the farm shop , where the children can go and borrow books , write their names in a lending book , put the books in a book bag to take back to their cottage until  they want to swap them. We are just opening a wilderness area where there will be a chance to play in the mud kitchen , make dams and dens and models out of natural materials.

So as you can see there is plenty to keep the children stimulated and occupied . Happy children mean happy parents!

Tracey Wilson N.N.E.B

feeding ducks putting eggs in the egg boxes  (1) using the balance beam