Old MacDonald had a farm

Friday 29 September 2023

Children loved the new small world farm area this week. We sorted the animals into different pens and sang ‘Old MacDonald had a farm‘ as we played. Children enjoyed adding the animal sound effects to the song; we’re sure you could hear the ‘moooooos’ and ‘baaaaaass’ throughout school!

As part of our early phonics learning, we encourage children to listen to the sounds that they can hear around them, such as an aeroplane flying above or birds singing in the trees. We also explore the different noises that animals make.

Help at home: Sing ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’ together to help your child become familiar with the words and tune. If you visit a farm or see some animals in a field, remember to use the animal names and talk about the noises that they make.  You  might like to play a game where you use some farm animal toys and choose an animal to describe. For example: It has 4 legs, a curly tail and a snout. Can they guess which animal you are describing and make the animal noise? Can they give you some clues?  This is a great way to add new words to your child’s vocabulary and to develop their listening skills.

This week, we listened to the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and used the puppets in the story corner to re-tell the story with our friends.  The construction area has also been popular. We saw some great team work as children worked together to build a boat. They added seats and some lights and set off on an adventure, sailing through a storm (on the windy day!).

We’ve also enjoyed picnics in the home corner and scooping, pouring and using sieves with fine sand in the sensory area.

Next week, we’ll begin to learn about autumn and we’ll read the popular story, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.  Look out for a little brown bag in your child’s folder – we’d like you to fill it with autumn treasure and return it to Nursery.