This month our theme was on Cows. We had great fun in our sensory drama. Dave our SNA dressed up a farmer. We experienced textures, smells and sounds of the farm, such as hay, silage, calf nuts and mucky wellies. Some of us were daring enough to explore mud foot prints, which brought a lot of laughter. Mickey was very brave in exploring abstract mark making by throwing mud at sheets. We all enjoyed watching this. We also made wellington foot prints.
We learned a lot about the farm. We compared and contrasted old and modern farming methods. We watched how cows use to be hand milked. We made our own cow in art. We used a disposal glove to make an udder. We all experience milking our class cow. Again, lots of laughs with this.
We explored using our senses and participated in making lots of diary related food. We made toasted cheese sandwiches, which were delicious. Nevin and Tiernan, were excellent shopping for ingredients in Supervalu. We made cheese, apple and grape skewers. Joan showed us how to make ice-cream, using cream and eggs. This was the best ice-cream ever tasted.
We had a wonderful day out to Mattie Quigley’s farm in Newbliss. We saw the cows eating silage. We saw where the cows are milked. Mattie was very kind showing us around his farm. We loved seeing the little calves. We got to taste cow’s milk. We watched the milk lorry, collect the milk for the creamery. We had planned a visit to the Creamery, though unfortunately the school bus was in the garage ( hopefully next time). Mickey brought in his white milk churn. Mattie and Mary were so kind to us, showing us farmhouse hospitality. We enjoyed a big cup to tea and cake. This was welcome and warmed us up. Thank you Mary and Mattie , for all your kindness and support. We had a wonderful farm visit.