Farmer Duck's day off

Ducks are rarely given access to open water to carry out water-related behaviours on a farm. Disappointingly, there is no UK or EU legislation specifying the need to provide ducks water for anything other than drinking.

In this lesson pupils will learn what a farmer needs to do to meet the needs of farm animals and compare those needs with their own. They will also discuss what a farmer needs to do to meet the needs of farm animals. It is based on the popular story Farmer Duck written by Martin Waddell. Pupils will act out a study based on what would happen on Farmer Duck's day off - the farmer needs to do everything to ensure that the farm animals are happy and healthy. 

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  • PSHE
  • Science
  • Farm animals

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Full lesson plan: Farmer Duck's day off (Word 2.1)

Other useful downloads:

Activity- A cows needs (PDF 127KB)

Activity- A ducks needs (PDF 109KB)

Activity- A hens needs (PDF 116KB)

Activity- A pig needs (PDF 110KB)

Activity- A sheep needs (PDF 115KB)

Activity- Farm animal needs (PDF 177KB)

Teachers notes- Animals needs Answers (137KB)



Welsh Resources

Many of our resources are also available in Welsh, please download the relevant documents below.

Lesson plan: How do we look after pets? - Welsh (Word 836KB)

Teacher Notes: Anghenion anifeiliaid fferm - atebion (PDF 79KB)

Worksheet: Anghenion anifeiliaid fferm (PDF 390KB)