Fledglings Autumn 2017
As our focus story is The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, we made goat shaped biscuits!
But how do we know how much sugar we need?
Someone spotted the balance scales – “Make it so it’s the right amount on both sides.”
And what was a sieve for?
“It makes it all into holes.”
“To make it smaller…it’s coming out in tiny bits!”
“There’s really little holes and watch what happens when I do this – it goes through and it goes through!”
“When I do it, I use a spoon. You need to move it and it goes down really quickly.”
“You drag the spoon back and forwards and the lumps break up and they go through the holes.”
We compared the sieved sugar with the other and it wasn’t the same.
“Beautiful and smooth!”
“We don’t want lumps in our biscuits!”
“The mixture turns yellow when me and Mummy make cakes. ‘Cause you put the butter in and it’s gone inside the butter.”
“It’s difficult to stir ‘cause we put some flour in…it’s sticky.”
“He’s got yummy fingers!”
“It was all soft before. Now it’s all squidgy.”
In the afternoon we ate the biscuits. The children remembered that Indian people sit on the floor to eat, so they dressed up and did just that! They remembered our discussion: “They don’t have knives and forks. They sit on the floor. They scoop the rice up with the bread and use their fingers.”
“How do you say ‘thank you’ in Indian?”
We looked it up – ‘dhanyavaad’.
The children quickly busied themselves making various sized bridges for goats and trolls (“I need straight wood because we need to walk on it….” “You’ve got the longest…” “That’s really heavy and that’s not heavy…” “This end is the Billy Goat Gruffs’ field and this is the tasty grass”) and even a campfire.
“We’re going to make a fire. I’ve got the recipe.”
“You just use 2 sticks. They have to be long so you don’t burn yourself. It would be better if it was metal. The sparks would be better.”
“Some people move the wood around in the fire. It helps burn the other big bits of wood.”
“Be careful! When one man lights the fire, you must stay back so the sparks don’t get you…if a spark hits you, it will really hurt you and if it’s on the floor, it doesn’t hurt it, but if it hits the roof, there will be a hole in the roof.”
We watched a slug crawl off the end of a log and hang upside down underneath. Would it fall off? “No, it’s sticked under!”
“I’ll sell the drinks…The party’s started! They’re perfume drinks.”
“I need to get some more water so the flowers come out.”
“The dog sinks cos he’s heavy. The petals float cos they have less weight….The petals are so thin, they rip so easily.”
Art Attack with flowers
On Friday we began our troll model, inspired by the story of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff.
Cutting and using tape is always a bit problematic at first.
“Can you help me to cut the Sellotape. It’s so difficult, I need another arm.”
“I just sticked it on the table then cutted it off.”
“I’m going to copy him.”
“I just cut it without a friend!”
“I put Sellotape on the box and inside of the rolls to make it stick on.”
“These legs are perfect because they’re the same (length).”
“You see, his arm’s floppy. I have to put sellotape on the back.”
“These are slightly different. I want 3 the same so he’s super scary.”
“This is dark blue and light blue, but the light blue is slightly higher…Oh, I’ve found 2 green ones the same. Same height and some colour.”
“I need eyes…Oh, those are not the same.”
“Next time I think I’ll make the mouth.”
It's only been a few days since the new Fledglings joined us, but they have settled so well it feels like they've been with us for weeks.
Here are a few of the things they've been up to so far.