Our topic this half term has been all about different celebrations. Here are some of the different celebrations we have been learning about.
We learnt all about the Hindi celebration of Diwali. We made rangoli patterns in the coloured rice, listened to and acted out the story of Rama and Sita and made diya lamps because Diwali is the festival of light.
Next we learnt about the Jewish celebration Hanukkah. We listened to the story about the 8 days that it take places over 8 days and we talked about what activities we do on each day of the week. We made a menorah, and then had donuts to celebrate the festival.
We have started our RE topic all about birthdays. It was Ellie the elephants birthday so we made cards, decorated cakes and the classroom and had a party for her to celebrate. We will begin to get ready for the next big celebration…Christmas!
Last week there were a few pumpkins left over from Halloween so we cut one open and explored what was inside. Then we made our own pumpkin soup!
We looked at the outside of the pumpkin and saw that it was a round sphere shape. We talked about the colour and the lines down it.
In our kitchen area we pretended to cut the pumpkin open, so Miss Green got a very sharp knife and cut it open for us. Inside it was really stringy and there were lots of pumpkin seeds…which ended up all over the classroom! We talked about the shape of the seeds and used them to help us count. We also saw that the inside of the pumpkin was a lighter orange than the outside.
Miss Green then read us this story about three animals making their own pumpkin soup so we decided that we wanted to try it.
First we looked at, touched and smelt the ingredients. The onion had an awful smell! The pumpkin had been chopped really small and we added in some sweet potato to make it nice and thick. It was a darker shade of orange!
Next we added the ingredients into the soup maker.
We got to look at the soup being made. All of the pieces were blended together and the soup was piping hot!
Finally, we got to try our pumpkin soup! Caleb said that it tasted a little bit spicy. Jolene and Bonnie said that it was sweet. And Tedd and Polly loved it soooo much that they finished the bowl!
We began preparing for our upcoming Design and Technology block on cooking by preparing our very own herb garden in class. We felt it would be much better to plant our own herbs , to grow and look after, ready to cook with, rather than buy them from the shop. Our own herbs will be much fresher, more cost-effective and most importantly…. tastier!
Deena and Luke have been chosen as our class gardeners and will be keeping a close eye on the progress of our herbs. We can’t wait to taste them in a recipe!
To begin our new DT block, in which we will be designing our own fruit and vegetable salad faces, we tried a range of different fruits and vegetables. Lots of the children were very brave and tried new things for the first time. Please ask them which item was their favourite, as lots of them have requested new food items for your shopping lists.
Here we are chopping bananas to taste them. We tried 6 different fruit and said why we liked or didn’t like them.
Once we decided which fruit we liked, we designed our own fruit kebabs. Some of us made a pattern with the fruit, some of us wanted to use all of the fruit because we loved it all. Miss Green said we could only put 6 pieces of fruit on the kebab.
We followed our design and pushed the fruit onto a skewer. Then the fun part – we ate them! It was so much fun! Some of us said that we would put sprinkles or chocolate on the next time we make them to make them better.
Today we used instructions that we had written to make a jam sandwich. We had to make sure that our instructions were precise and in the correct order to ensure our sandwich was made correctly. We had lots of fun doing this and even got to eat our creations after!
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