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Making Butter!

Before we went to Cannon Hall Farm we talked about the milking that we would see and talked about…

What can you make from milk?

Adam said, “You can make a cup of tea.”  Dontae knew you could make “chocolate” and apart from that we weren’t really sure.

(You can see the photos of the milking we saw on the Cannon Hall Farm post- click here)

Miss Parker said she knew of something that we could make ourselves in the classroom so we had a go. We made some butter!

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It was hard work because we had to shake the jar a LOT! We passed the jar around the circle and made the butter as a team so our arms didn’t get too tired. Lexi said, “My arms are tired.”

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After a little while we took the lid off and saw that the cream had got thicker but it didn’t look like butter yet. We put the lid back on and shook it some more. After everyone had had another turn we took the lid off again. We thought it would be different this time because the noise the jar was making when we shook had changed. Jayden said he could hear, “flump, flump, flump.” Miah also noticed there was milk back in the jar, “Its turned to milk, look!” We found out that was the buttermilk which is formed when the butter is ready.

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When we’d made the butter we had some on a cracker. We had to use the knife to butter our own cracker then we could sprinkle some cheese on it. When we read the packet we found out that cheese came from milk as well. We also had a drink of goat’s milk because we’d found out about it at the farm but no one had tried it before, including Miss Parker and Miss Morris.

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What have we been learning? 

  • which products come from milk. 
  • about turning liquids into solids and talking about what happens. 
  • to use a knife to spread butter. 
  • to try new foods and drinks which we haven’t had before.

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Find some other products which are made from milk. Which is your favourite? 
  • Have a go at making butter at home. We used a small glass jar with a marble in it. 
  • What else do you know about which turns from a liquid into a solid? Here’s a clue: What happens to water when it get really cold? 
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Our Visit to Cannon Hall Farm

We had a wonderful time this week when we went to Cannon Hall Farm. We got really lucky and had a perfect weather day 🙂

We got to Cannon Hall Farm on a double decker bus. Onyx class got the top deck on the way there and once we all had our seatbelts on we were ready to go. We were really high up!

We went up to Manor Top first and it was fun looking at all the familiar places from up so high. Where can you see that you know? 

We got to Cannon Hall on the motorway and saw lots of different vehicles on the way. We went past Meadowhall which made some children start talking about when we went to Build a Bear Workshop in January.

We knew were nearly at Cannon Hall because all the roads and houses disappeared and there were a lot more fields. It looked very different to Manor Top. Everyone started spotting more and more animals.

And then we got to Cannon Hall! Everyone was so excited. When we first got there we had some snack so we were ready to go exploring.

A lady called Nicola came to talk to us and told us where we would be going. Then it was time to go…

First we went to see the piglets. Some of them had only been born a few days before. The we went to see the teenage pigs in the next barn. They didn’t need their mummies there anymore.  We had to read the signs to make sure we were going the right direction and look for the sounds that we knew. Can you remember which were the girl pigs and which were the boy pigs? 

In the next barns there were lots of different animals. Can you remember what they were all called? We saw cows, sheep, goats, a shire horse, alpacas and llamas.

Everyone was very excited when we got to feed the animals using the special machines to send the food down to the animals. Once we had fed the animals we had to remember not to put our fingers near our mouths so we didn’t get the germs in our tummies. Can you remember which animals you fed? 

We got meet a special friend after that. Nicola got a rabbit for us to say hello to and stroke. Everyone got a turn and loved feeling the rabbits soft fur. Can you remember what the rabbit was called? After we’d stroked the rabbit we had to remember to wash our hands using soap and water.

Next it was time for the Sheep Race! Everyone got a ticket and stood ready to watch the race. We saw the sheep racing round the track and everyone was surprised to see how high they could jump. We all got a coloured ticket and waited to see which colour sheep won. There was red, yellow, blue and green. Can you remember which colour ticket you had? Can you remember which sheep was the winner? 

Before we went for dinner we went to find the lambs in their very own roundhouse. We climbed up the steps and got a really good view of them from above. We spotted that some of the lambs and sheep had numbers on them and worked out it told you who the mummy sheep was and her baby lambs. Can you read any of the numbers?

And then it was dinnertime but first we had to walk back to find where we had left our lunch. On the way we saw lots of different animals. Can you remember all the animals that we saw? We saw reindeer, rabbits, different sorts of chickens, rabbits and turkeys.

Everyone was ready for their lunch when we got back.

After dinnertime we went to see the cows being milked. In school we had talked about milk and where it comes from. We also talked about what you could make from milk from cows. Can you remember what you can make from milk? 

Then it was time for the Adventure Playground which we LOVED! Some children really challenged themselves and tried things they’d not done before, one of these things was the pole which they did with help at first before they got more confident.

What a fabulous day we had. Can you tell your grown up your favourite part of the day? 

Thank you to all the grown ups who came with us to help. We couldn’t have gone without you. And a huge thank you to Nicola and everyone at Cannon Hall for a wonderful day. the children had a great time and haven’t stopped talking about it yet! 🙂

PARENTS/ CARERS- If you would like to visit Cannon Hall using your 3 for 2 voucher you’ll find it near Cawthorne in Barnsley. Click on the link to visit the Cannon Hall Farm website and find out more.  

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A Visit to Cannon Hall Farm

We had an amazing day at Cannon Hall Farm. It was so exciting going on the coach to get there. Some children even read the map on the coach to help show us the way. We saw Meadowhall on the way. It took us a while to get there but we knew we were getting close when the houses disappeared and there were lots more fields. It looked very different to Manor Top.

First, we had a snack to get us ready for the day ahead.

After that we met Darryl and went for a look at the animals. Some children thought it was a little bit stinky! Darryl showed us the pigs first and there were some that were only 4 days old. They were much smaller than the rest. Can you remember all the other animals we saw? 

When we’d seen lots of animals it was our turn to feed them. Darryl gave us some special feeding pellets and we had to find the special chutes to get the food to the animals. After we had to make sure we remembered to wash our hands.

After feeding the animals we went to meet a new friend. Everyone was very gentle when were were allowed to stroke the rabbit and made sure we took care of him.

Before it was time for lunch we went to watch the sheep racing! Everyone got a special ticket for the colour sheep they thought would be the winner. Can you remember who the winner was? 

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Then it was time for lunch. We were all really hungry after a busy morning.

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First in the afternoon we went to see the sheep and the lambs. We had to climb up high onto a special platform and be careful not to scare the sheep and lambs. It was great to be able to see them from above.

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After that it was time to go and see the cows being milked. We’d talked about this in school and lots of us knew that milk came from cows. We’d not seen it actually happening before though. We looked really carefully and could see the milk on the bottom and the cream rising to the top.

Finally the part of the day everyone had been really excited about- we got to go on the Adventure Playground! It was lots of fun 🙂

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And then it was time for us to go back to school. What an amazing  day we all had at Cannon Hall Farm.

Look at our floor book pages to see what we had to say about our fabulous day out.

This is what we said before we went…

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Come back soon to find out what we did with the cream we got from Cannon Hall Farm.

What have we been learning? 

  • the animals which live on a farm. 
  • the names of the baby animals and which adult they match with. 
  • some of the different produce which comes from farm animals.
  • about a location different to Manor Top. 
  • how to take care of animals. 
  • to make sure we keep ourselves safe and clean on the farm by keep waking our hands. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • visit Graves Park or Heeley City Farm to visit the animals there. 
  • have a look for different foods in the supermarket and see if you can see any which come from a farm. 
  • think about how to take care of pets in your home. How is this the same and different to the how the farmer takes care of the animals on the farm? 
  • Click on the link to see the Cannon Hall website and even watch a video of some of the animals.