Spring 1 2018
We finally moved back into our classroom today! The children loved helping to build the new tables!
Cookery – Pancake Day!
“It’s a day that you have pancakes. On pancake day you can have them for breakfast and lunch and for your dinner.”
Why is it called Pancake Day?
“’Cause they go in a pan.”
“It’s funny because it’s a pan and a cake.”
“You put it in a pan and it turns into a cake!”
We learnt that its other name is Shrove Tuesday and it is always on a Tuesday!
We stirred the mixture.
“I can still see the egg.”
“We need to do the whisker.”
“The electric mixer. The eggs will disappear.”
“It’s much faster than your arm.”
“It goes 10 thousand.”
Inspired by the wolf creating lots of rubbish when he blow the houses down, we watched a video about landfill sites and talked about recycling – then were inspired to make a recycling centre and sorted the ‘rubbish’ into wood, metal, plastic, clothes and toys to be given to other children.
“The bin men pick up the bins and put it into a big truck.”
“It takes it to a big rubbish place.”
“There’s a 2 bin holder things that tip it into the lorry.”
“It turns into something else.”
“In the lorry, there’s a thing that crushes it and make it really flat.”
“Green and black bins – it goes into a factory and onto an escalator and moves along.”
“Recycle means tipping rubbish away.”
“Naughty people throw everything in the dump.”
“I found a green bin.”
“I know what I can do with these – I can find somebody who will love them.”
“Newspapers in here! Old books in here!”
Painting the houses.
Making concertina dragons.
Learning to draw dragons.
In Cookery we had a packet of noodles.
“I’m sure they’re Chinese because I can see a dragon.”
“It feels like plastic.”
“They’re really fragile, because it’s breakable.”
“It’s a circle.”
“It feels like spaghetti.”
“We have spaghetti, not noodles in this country.”
Can we eat them?
“No! They’re all dry. We have to cook them.”
“They’ll go soft.”
“It will get bendier.”
“It’s going to be slippy.”
“Put hot water in. It makes them come apart.”
How will we know when the water is hot?
“You can see the steam.”
“It’s moving about.”
“It’s all steamy and bubbly.”
“You can see the noodles pop up. The water tries to pop them up.”
“You can hear it sizzle.”
Where do noodles come from?
“A noodle farm?”
“Cookers in China make them – get some rice and glue and stick them together… It might be like the rice – the water melted inside.”
“They’re made of special plastic that you can eat.”
“They’re made out of hundreds of things mixed up and they make it into a noodle shape.”
We drained the noodles in a colander.
“The noodles are too big to go through the holes. The water is little. Drops of water are little.”
What’s different now?
It looked like a nest – now it looks like string.”
The children remembered the sauce we had made last week – we needed ginger and soy sauce.
“Ginger is a root. Carrots grow in the ground. I think it’s basically a root.”
“It’s got juice!”
“Maybe there’s tiny holes in the ginger we can’t see s the water goes in.”
“From the flood or the rain.”
“I can taste a bit of hotness.” (ginger)
“I love it!”
“It’s way better than home noodles.”
“I’m gonna get chopsticks.”
“I want to learn to use chopsticks!”
Being plumbers. (Some of the children used different voices to show they were plumbers!)
"It bursted and it flooded all down there. It took us ages to pump it out.”
“This pipe is for clean water.”
“This pipe is to attach to her pipe and then it is to attach to the school.”
“We need another pipe for the dirty water. It goes from the toilet through the big pipe, through a small pipe to the dung river.”
“Our pipe is attached to their pipe and then we’ve made it even longer!”
“This pipe is for the electric power.”
“I’ve found a pipe in your sink, Mrs Watson.”
“Do you know, some people have to drink out of the river and it’s dirty and it makes them die. It’s because they’ve got no pipes.”
“I need a drink … - I pretended it was tea because plumbers drink tea!”
“Do plumbers use this (compass)?”
“They are for finding the right direction.”
“They might forget which way they wanted to point the pipe so they might need a compass.”
Investigation: how strong is spaghetti?
The children used lots of different strategies and trial and error to see what weight the spaghetti would bear.
“This doesn’t work and it’s not even heavy.”
“I think this might work.”
“It looks like you need a hand here.”
“I’m putting mine all in the same place.”
“This will be so strong.”
“I tried to push it down but it just snapped…I’m gonna try something else…It works!”
“Now let’s try something else…”
“Hmm, I wonder what else I can try…”
“I’ll add more spaghetti so it doesn’t break.”
“I’m going to get more to make it thicker. If it’s thicker, it might hold. It makes it so, so, so stronger.”
Art Attack: today a lot of the creation were inspired by the left over pieces of our concertina dragons.
“I’ve made the England flag.”
“England is a big country”
“It’s going to take 100 minutes to do this.”
“100 minutes is now until you are asleep.”
“So we’ll be making it in the dark!”
“My mummy will laugh at this – or the baby.”
“It’s a Power Ranger Air Fighter. It can transform into the Gold’s fighter aeroplane.”
“I’m going to try to make a tulip.”
“I just thought and thought. I was making a dragon and then I thought – I know! I can make a bracelet and I did!”
“I’ve made ribbons like P.E. I’ve even made a handle.”
“It’s the same height as me…Shall I put some people in? I’m gonna try!”
“It’s a dinosaur. He’s a type of diplodocus ‘cause he’s got a long neck and he needs to reach the trees.”
“I made a Power Ranger mask for my mummy.”
“I’m going to make a submarine…Does cardboard go in the bath?”
Yet another creative idea for a paper concertina!
Following our Chinese theme, we thought about rice in Cookery. Where did it come from?
“Maybe a tree?”
“Farmer’s crops? … Rice farms? The farmer grows them and puts them in shops.”
“It comes from China.”
“It’s similar to wheat.”
“It falls out of the hole in my hand.”
“It’s very noisy because it’s very hard.”
“It sounds clicky. Basically because it’s got hard bits on the end!”
“It’s a bit browny – not really white.”
“It feels hard and it’s round with sharp bits at the end like a rectangle.”
“There’s a hundred.”
“It’s raw. It means that…Oh! I dunno!”
“It means that something’s very cold and you can’t eat it.”
“You have to cook it.”
How could we find out about rice?
“Go to the world to that place.”
“When we go in a rocket, we can see the world.”
“My mummy knows about China. She gone there a long time ago.”
When we eat it, we want it to be…?
So how are we going to do all that?
“In a pan. After you put it in the pan, you let the water heat.”
“Afterwards you need to drain it out.”
“Actually the water has to soak into the rice. The water goes in and you don’t have to drain it.”
Once the rice was cooked, we had another look…
“It’s all sticky.”
“It’s white now.”
“It’s steamy because it’s hot.”
“It’s gone all bendy.”
“The water was soaked in and the water made it – I just remembered!”
We made a sauce to go with the rice using ginger and soy sauce.
“Is ginger a root?”
“How do they make ginger jam?... Maybe they cut it up and put it in the oven.”
“Grating is a quicker way to cut it.”
“Yeah! It makes it smaller.”
Finally, we looked at Chinese knives and forks.
“They open them up and then pinch bits.”
“Or they could stab it.”
– but what were they called?
The children loved using the chopsticks to eat with!
“I can just balance it!”
“I’m going to make some chopsticks. I will chop a tree down, then thin it down.”
“Why don’t we tell the children that aren’t Fledglings to use them!”
“You know what I’m going to say to my mummy – I want chopsticks!”
Unfortunately the great excitement meant we were short of time for role play. We watched a video and were going to be plumbers but “we can just make plans instead and do it next week!”
“This water plan is going down to the village to the houses – nearly to my house.”
“All that grey bit is the poo and horrible bits and these are the pipes that go to all the houses. Actually the pipes come from the house and they go to the ‘slewage’ works. This tank is for the clean water, then it goes to the taps and you can drink it.”
“That pipe is from the toilet. That goes to the big pipe under the house and that pipe is for the water coming into the house.”
“The poo goes out of the house down the pipe, then it’s cleaned and then it goes into another house.”
“The white bits are clean water. I’m going to use curved bits of pipe.”
“The Indian people had to collect water in pots and hold it on their heads.”
“Some people don’t drink healthy – it was on the telly. If they don’t have clean water they will die.”
Following instructions using the Beebots.
We used just the colours red, black and gold to create artwork inspired by the Chinese.
Finding the difference.
House models – this involved lots of measuring and checking for a good fit today - and delight when it worked!
"I've persevered... lf you persevere, you get better and better. If you don't, you don't get better."
"My dad can do anything - more than builders can!"
You must be just like your dad.
We introduced real coins this week and practised using it in our role play shop.
Cookery this week was Chinese spring rolls.
“Vegetables are good for you because they make you really strong.”
“3 little pigs – eat the broccoli!”
We looked at the chopsticks…
“How do they cut things?”
“I think they get a piece of wood and make it sharp – scrape the wood onto some more wood.”
then the filo pastry…
“It feels like towels.”
“It’s softer than us.”
“Did you get it from China?”
“Did they use a rolling pin?”
“I would say they used a machine to squash it down.”
“A hammer…it looks like a book…Once upon a time there were 3 little pigs..” (everyone spontaneously joined in with the story telling.)
“You can see right through it.”
“When you put oil on, it makes it brighter.”
“The oil’s soaking in.”
The children were keen to try all the vegetables.
“I’m going to have a nibble of everything.”
Beansprouts: “Good and crunchy!”
Carrot: “They’re so good for you.”
“Can we have just a pinch?”
“I tried a leaf and it was really yummy.”
We looked at our finished rolls.
“You can see the food through it!”
In the afternoon the children ate the spring rolls and we had a Chinese tea ceremony. The children were very interested to find out that the Chinese nod their heads or tap their finger on the table to say ‘thank you’.
“How do you say ‘cheers!’ in Chinese?” We googled it… “Ganbei.”
The children remembered that Chinese people drink out of bowls, so held their cups like bowls.
We practised tying knots using crepe paper to make cherry blossom!
Investigation: how to make paint textured for the wolf’s fur.
“Look! It’s all fluffy…Now it’s soggy. Oh! It’s gone! Can I have some more? I think it’s going to be really sloppy in a minute.”
“Mine is really lumpy! I used some of it all. I mixed it then it came lumpy.”
“I’ve put flour in mine.”
“This doesn’t feel like a wolf – it’s all crunchy…I’ve put flour in…it’s not smooth enough…I’ll try another thing.”
“I’ve got loads of lumps!
“This might work…maybe if I put loads of flour in it might work…It’s gone really thick!”
“Mine looks really grumpy and lumpy!”
More work on our house models:
“I’m not giving up!”
A cowl proved problematic. The plastic lid chosen for the job would need to have holes in it. “maybe I could use cardboard and draw round it and cut it out – I can make holes in cardboard.”
“Are you having trouble? I’ll hold it for you…just a second… hold it there. There!”
“This roof’s not big enough. I’ll have to make another one for the other end…I need to measure... There’s a ruler in my pencil case.”
“This drain pipe is too short…I could stick two together.”
This week we thought about healthy lunchboxes as we had a feeling the 3 pigs weren’t very healthy. The children suggested ham, tomatoes, salad, cheese, cucumber… We decided these were healthy as there was no sugar in them.
But the 3 Little Pigs don’t like healthy food. They love sugar and they eat it all the time.
“Oh! Their teeth will fall out.”
What else could we think of with lots of sugar in?
“Nutella, lollipops, sweeties, ice cream, jam…”
It turned out that the 3 Little Pigs always had jam sandwiches and had asked that we make some for them (“They will feel a little bit ill.”) but we had forgotten the butter.
What could we make it out of?
There was some cream on the side. Was that like butter?
“No, butter is sticky. That’s runny.”
“We could put some syrup in it.”
“We could put it in the oven.”
We had some marbles and a jam jar so we decided to put the cream in there and give it a shake to see what would happen.
Soon the cream was getting thicker but we needed it to be thicker still.
“Why don’t we put some milk in? … Oh no! Then it would be even more sloppier and the marbles would move about.”
“Why don’t we use a mixer to make it quick?”
Luckily, just then, the cream turned into butter!
“The marble isn’t in there any more… I think it’s gone into the butter.”
“You can’t hear the marbles because it’s all melted into the butter – because they’re stuck.”
Spreading was not easy (“You drag it along with your knife.”) and nor was cutting but the children were so pleased when they had managed it.
“I’ve never cut a sandwich before!”
“I’ve cut it into quarters. It’s 2 and 2.”
“Next time the pigs mustn’t have jam. They could have cucumber or salad.”
The jam sandwiches were a great hit with the children – no crusts or crumbs left! I wonder why?!
Role Play: Electricians
We began by talking about electricity and how lights and kettles etc needed them to work.
“Can we use the plugs in the hall?” This led to a chat about the dangers of electricity.
“It will kill you.”
We talked about our pretend electricity as we were pretending to be electricians.
Tubes proved useful to push the cables through “like school’s electricity.”
“I’ve found a flat surface for the plug.”
“I’m connecting the electricity to the fan…It can go in the house. Make sure you connect the electricity to the fan otherwise it won’t work.”
“This mixer has no electricity. I need a wire with a plug.”
“Look! There’s wires inside. The electricity goes in lots of different wires for all the TVs… These holes in the walls are for the electricity…,and theses tubes are to protect the wires…Now its ready for the walls.”
“We’re connecting electricity to the water pump…We’ve attached the wire to something at last.”
We found out that Chinese people love cherry blossom. We didn’t have any cherry blossom so we investigated flowers instead.
“I just seed the juice coming out of it…Cool! I found juice! .. The hard bits in the leaf are for to hold it up.”
“This is soft and gentle to cut but this is hard…The petals are easy to cut too.”
“Oh no! This bit just exploded!... This stem is easier to cut because it’s lighter.”
“There’s whiteness in this stalk and greenness in this one.”
“There’s something at the very bottom. It’s hard…I can’t squish it.”
“Under (the petal) there’s light green and on top there’s dark green.”
“If you do this, you find green treasure – it’s hard.”
“You break it in half and all these bits come off.”
“Smell it! This one smells like…not really nice. These yellow ones smell like orange.”
“I peeled off the outside of the stem and there’s string inside – it helps to stick the big stem.”
“There’s a dark hole in this stem.”
“The petals are stuck on the green bits.”
“All of them are like that.”
“If you snip it, the juice comes out. If there’s no juice the bees have sucked all the honey out and honey is wetness.”
“I think it’s wet so it will grow because that’s how flowers grow.”
“Let’s think…Try and get loads of these seeds out.”
“When I cutted this bit, water came out!”
We decided to add some water of our own.
“What happens if the flowers get in the water…? They will get all soggy… I’m mixing…What happens if we snip them in the water…?
“Will they grow into flowers again?”
What if we used the squeezer?
“It will all squish down…Yeah! They’re all squashed!”
Pestle and mortar:
“The water’s gone all green!”
“My petals are yellow…I’m trying to get yellow water.”
Block challenge: to build a house tall enough to fit the wolf standing up!
This took quite a lot of thinking, negotiating and perseverence but they got there in the end!
Cutting the windows and doors for our house models took a lot of skill and concentration!
Our topic for now is The 3 Little Pigs (and consequently, houses) and, as luck would have it, our classroom was flooded over the holidays and the removal men have had to empty it ready for a new floor to be laid. It was hard work and the men needed a tea break… See below how we were inspired by this!
Cookery this week was Oat Biscuits.
First of all we wondered how to melt the butter.
“Put it in the oven – it makes it hot….It will get all soggy.”
“It will be sticky.”
We watched it melt.
“It’s turned into sauce!”
“Does butter come from bread?”
“No, the farmer.”
“There isn’t a butter plant.”
“You make it.”
The children were very surprised to learn it is made from milk!
We made the dough then wondered what the biscuits would look like when they were cooked.
“It won’t stay all lumped up.”
“It’s gonna be flat.”
“A little bit hot and even might be crunchy!”
“They’re going to be sticky and crunchy.”
“They’re gonna look hard.”
“We won’t see the oats – we can see them now.”
“I think we can’t see the sugar and they will be really crunchy.”
“They will be a flat circle.”
We counted the biscuits. There were 11. How many could we have each?
At first we thought 11, but then realised that if 1 person had 11, they would be all gone!
And after that?
“Zero!... Are the other group going to make biscuits…So we could have 2 each!”
We needed to put the biscuits in the oven but how did it work?
“You turn the knobs.”
“Actually it’s made by electric. It’s something that makes everything go like the TV, microwave…it’s got wires inside it.”
“Not inside the oven ‘cause it will burn!”
“It won’t work anymore.”
“The wires are inside the metal.”
We looked in the oven.
“They’ve gone all flat.”
“They’re not the same anymore.”
In the afternoon the children became builders and after a while they needed a tea break, just like the removal men – luckily they had biscuits to eat too!
“I’m wearing ear defenders ‘cause of all the noise around – machines and concrete mixers.”
“This is for the concrete for the bricks. You press this button for a little bit of concrete and this for a lot.”
“This is a roof – he has to squeeze under to get in.”
“I’m going to make a plan.”
“These are solar panels…”
“These are the lights…”
“The solar panels are connected through here and here to the lights – wires.”
“Shall I do a satellite dish?”
“Look at our house now. It’s even more better. It’s got spy detectors to get the wolf.”
We talked today about how to make brick walls strong by putting them in a pattern. The children soon got the hang of it using the interlocking bricks.
Later in the afternoon we printed with bricks and lots of the children remembered the pattern!
Learning to draw a pig.
Last week we planned out next DT project – a house and this we work began in earnest.