A huge thank you to all our families who attended our English Open Morning earlier today. Parents were engaged and asked some great questions before watching some learning taking place throughout the school. As always, feedback is essential so feel free to add comments / suggestions for future workshops to the school office or child's class teacher.
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The House Captains have been busy crunching the numbers at this mid-way point in the half term. It's a close race (as always) so every point counts. Check out the overall totals on our home page!
Today in cookery we have made chicken fajitas, which were delicious! After gathering all our equipment and ingredients we started by cutting up the chicken and veg. It was explained to the children how to safely handle raw meat, that all other foods should be kept away from the raw chicken and it should have it’s own chopping board and knife due to the bacteria in it, and how this can cross contaminate onto other foods and surfaces. We then cooked the chicken thoroughly to ensure any harmful bacteria got killed off. Once we had added our veg and seasoning we were almost ready to dish up. The children showed off their cheese grating skills and we were good to go. Most children tried it and one or two who had never had it before will now be asking for fajitas at home! We ended the session by planning next week’s meal and writing a shopping list for it. This will hopefully help to develop organisation and pre-planning skills in our trainee chefs!
This week in pottery we have continued our learning by practising the skills we gained last week, particularly on the potter’s wheel. All the children had another go at making a pot, bowl or vase on the wheel, showing notable improvement in the symmetry and balance of the pieces. Well done to all the budding potters! Andy also talked us through how to ‘aqua plane’ the created piece off the wheel by wetting it in such a way that water gets underneath it and so can easily be slid off without causing damage. He also talked us through how to make a door sign using different shaped cutters and tools to get the overall look we were aiming for. We had some good house number and ‘Welcome/Home Sweet Home’ signs created. Andy also talked us through how he uses a particular drainage system from the sinks and potter’s wheels to prevent the water/drainage pipes getting clogged with clay. Another awesome session that every single child thoroughly enjoyed. Can’t wait til next week!
Today we have been learning how to make catapults using lolly sticks and elastic bands. After making sure we had all the resources we needed, and reading the instructions of course, we made a start. The first catapult was a dream to make and could be assembled quickly by all the children and worked a treat. The ping pong ball projectiles could easily be catapulted across the room. I’m not sure many ended up in the targets however! Full of inflated confidence in my newly acquired assembly skills, some of us decided to tackle the more tricky catapult. As it turns out, it wasn’t long before I needed to enlist the help of a passing Year 6. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to finish, but hey there’s always next week to try again!
We had another fantastic two afternoons taking part in the textile project. Year 2 were printing using stamps and made different patterns on fabric. Jane Charles will be stitching the pieces of material together to make a large quilt with other pieces from all over the Great Linford community. We are looking forward to seeing the end result!
We have had a fantastic start to our cookery club this week. Led by Mrs Archer we have successfully made pancakes! We started by reading through our recipe sheets and quickly discovered that we would actually need to double up on all the ingredients to make enough pancakes for everyone. The children worked out the new measurements quickly. The children demonstrated an understanding of how to keep safe around the hot plates and were all very sensible and followed instructions. They showed good communication and cooperation skills, organising themselves and deciding who was going to add which ingredients to make the batter. The grown ups were very impressed with this teamwork. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the end product and we even had a queue of teachers/staff at the door putting in their orders! On reflection, between mouthfuls, the children all agreed that they had enjoyed the session, and the best bit was……..eating the pancakes of course! One child said ‘That’s the best pancake I’ve ever had’ and another said ‘ Next time we should have less lemon and more chocolate!’ Hey, you can’t win them all. Other than unsuccessfully capturing a mid air pancake flip on camera, it was a flip-tastic afternoon.
Year 1 had a fantastic afternoon working with local textile artist Jane Charles! We are taking part in a community art project linking local people together. All the children created their own tree print on fabric using different stamps and textures. Using different colours, year 1 built up their trees and created some fantastic pieces!
Today Jane will be working with year 2 to create patterns.