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Summer 1 2018

Week 6

Cookery.  We wondered what aliens eat… “Skin…rocks…space rocks…jelly…green jelly … yellow jelly”

We wondered what would be a lovely treat for them.

“Chocolate!” – So we made a chocolate cake.

We halved the ingredients because each group was making half of the cake.  We needed half of 8.

“It’s 4 because 8 is 2 fours.”

“Half of 6 is 3…it has to be the same on each side and it’s half because there’s a line.”

“Right down it – right down the middle.”

We needed baking powder.

“It’s special rising powder.”

“It gets bubbles, then it rises.”

“This afternoon we could pretend to be aliens and eat the chocolate cake we made!”





So we did!

“You can get cake like this in restaurants.”

“This is better!”

“Pikibompikeebuboo – that means ‘ooh, yummy!’ in alien language.”

We went for a walk in the woods.





Painting aeroplanes:

“I’m doing finger painting…for the windows.”

“I’m gonna do that too… you can paint with your fingers…I’m gonna do more spots.”

“I feel like I’m a scientist.  I feel like I’m making toys for children because I’m going to be a scientist when I grow up.  I can’t be messy because scientists are sensible.”





Week 5

As we have been thinking about the planets and space we looked at freeze dried food in Cookery.

Going off to Mercury, we thought we would be in our space ship for…

“3 million and 60 hours…”

“46 weeks…”

“Maybe til Christmas…”

What would be the problem with fresh food?

“It will be rotten.”

“And mouldy.”

“It would smell like mouldy seeds.”

We thought what strawberries were usually like… “soft and squidgy” and cherries and raspberries, “juicy”.


Were the freeze dried ones the same?

“No!  the raspberries are easy to break.”

“They’re hard and dry.”

“It feels like rubber.”

“It smells rotten to me.”

How could we make them soft again?

Eventually we decided to add water to the fruit and the noodles.

“It’s gone back to normal!”

“The powder’s brown and runny now.”

“It smells a lot different now.”

But how could we eat the food – it’s floating around in space?

“I know, you can put all the food in a bag.”


“But that would float around.”

“Try and catch it.”

“It’ll be too high.”

“Make it heavy.”

“Put a log on it.”

“Stick it to the tray…. Oh no!  We’ll have to tape the tray down too!”

“Don’t use a spoon because it’ll float away.  Use the straw!”


“Yeah!  You have to suck it out.”

We looked out of the window.  What could we see?

“I can see aliens in their spaceships and the moon and the stars.”


Hot Seat -  Aliens

“Where do you live?”

“On the moon… in craters.”

“Why have you got funny eyes?”

“Because some have to be high up to see far away.”

“Do you have something to fly with?”

“Yes, we have a flying saucer.”

“What’s a flying saucer?”

“It’s like a bowl with a roof on.”

“What is it made of?”

“It’s metal.  We control it to make it move.”

“What do you eat?”

“We really like eating moon rock cakes.”

“How was your journey?”

“We were going to the alien market but the engine broke so we fell to the ground and landed on this planet.”

“How will you mend it/”

 A police alien is coming from the moon…He’s gonna fix our spaceship.”

“How long does it take to get to the moon?”

“15 hours.”



We had a great time at the mini Olympics at Chantry High School on Thursday.  The children all joined in with the activities and took the event very much in their stride.  The obstacle course involving jumping and balancing proved the most popular.  We were very proud of them all!




Painting aeroplanes – we wondered how many sorts of pink we could make.


“No, not hundreds, I promise you.”

“It could be millions if you get tiny bits of paint and add a tiny bit each time – the size of a germ.  It could be millions!”

“I’m mixing a rainbow…it keeps mixing the same colour…I wanted blue.”

“Why don’t you come over here and borrow mine?”




“I want purple…it’s still blue…Shall I out more red in?...It needs to be lighter…yellow doesn’t work.  What about white…Yes!  That’s light, isn’t it?”

“Can I make a stand for my plane.  I don’t want to use it as a playing one because it’s fragile.”


“If we get yellow and red, what will we make? … It’s gone orange!”

“How do you do that?”

“Put red into yellow…if we get orange and a bit of green…Oh look!  It’s a greyey colour.”

“Can I get a careful brush? – It’s for the parts that are so little…I might hang it from the ceiling so I need to paint underneath…Sponging is good.  It makes spots and it’s quicker.”

“I will not paint the glass or the driver won’t be able to see out! … I think if I use this roller it will be faster because it rolls and it spins and the paint goes all bumpy.”



Week 4

 This week we’ve been thinking about instructions.

“It’s when somebody tells you to do something.”

“If you don’t read the instructions, then you won’t be able to do it properly.”

“And you get confused.”


We had some instructions for making a jam sandwich, but the children thought they were muddled.

“You eat it first then?!”

“That one needs to go at the end.”

“That one’s not right – the jam needs to go after the butter.”

“And we need the bread before the butter.”

“’Cut the bread in half’ – do that first – it’s more sensible.”

We finally all made a sandwich using the newly ordered instructions and enjoyed the final instruction of ‘Eat it’!





Wednesday was the fund-raising event, The Red Ted Cinema, in aid of the Red Cross.  The children had all dressed their teddies in red and enjoyed watching a film together.




“I think I’ll do wheels that are up when it’s flying.”

“I want lines on mine…These sticks are too long – they get in the way of each other…I know, I could cut them in half.”

“Mine looks like a chicken – a flying chicken!”

“I’ve got these big wheels for my aeroplane because the wheels on planes are bigger than people and so these will be bigger than toy people…. these can fold up when it’s flying and come down when it’s landing.”

“I just need a bit more tape so these are secure.”

“This bit is so the pilot can see where he’s going – or she I think this pilot is going to be a lady pilot.”





Week 3

As Russians are so interested in space we read the story Whatever Next about a bear who pretends to go to the moon.  This, in turn, inspired us to make rock cakes.

Firstly we wondered what the moon was made of.



“No, asteroids are rocks.”

“Some asteroids join together…”

“To make huge rocks.”

“The moon is in space, but we can still see it.”

“Do you know our world is spinning?”

“Yeah!  When it’s dark, we are at the bottom of the world and when it’s light, we are at the top of the world.”

(Suddenly we saw a spider.)

“If you save money spiders, you will get rich.”

“What does rich mean?”

“You have loads of money.”

“If you have lots of money, you can just go and buy stuff whenever you want, and that’s not good.  If you have too many toys, you won’t know what to play with.”

“Moon rock is really bumpy.”

“Sometimes the moon is round and sometimes it’s a curve.  It falls apart, then it goes back together again.”

“The moon shakes and cracks come so it falls apart.”

Mrs Watson explained what craters are.

“So if I made a snowball and threw it into the snow, it would make a crater.”



 In the afternoon, Mrs Watson told the children she had been to the moon to collect rocks for them to eat.

“You’re pretending!”

“Whatever next!”

“You and your stories, Mrs Watson!”


Why are they called rock cakes?

“They look like little rocks.”

“They crack when you break them.”

We thought about their texture and taste.

“They are crunchy…and delicious… and crumbly … and soft.”


What are real rocks like?

“Grey… or silver… with holes in…they would break your teeth… and make them wobbly.”


Later the children went to the moon.

“This space suit is a bit squishy!”

“I’m hanging on outside the rocket.”

“It’s a bit rocky…we couldn’t land because there wasn’t much gravity – so we had to jump off!”

“We’re landing!”

 “The astronaut said I had to bring food.”

 “We’re just bouncing around.”

 “It’s good in space!”


On Thursday we had a picnic on the moon – just like Baby Bear in the story.

“I’m walking so slow because I’m on the moon, ‘cause there’s no gravity on the moon.”

“I’m scooping up the mud to make some tea – it’s healthy tea – there’s no sugar in it.  The green bits are lettuce.”

“I’ve made little chocolate bars.”

“They’ll melt on the barbeque.”

“I can’t believe it!  You’ve made salad with honey drink.  You always surprise me!”

“I’ll put it in the oven so all the honey will melt.  That’s the way I like it!”

“This is sausage sandwiches.”





“We’ve finished our fox trap…We don’t want the foxes to eat our picnic.”

“This is our second trap.  The other one has fire in it to burn theirselves.”

“We fly back to Earth to get bombs to put them in.”

“This is food so the foxes will come to the trap.  If they come they will eat the food.”

“Even the pudding!”

“It was before dry chocolate and now it’s wet chocolate – it’s melted chocolate!  There’s a tiny lake.  Maybe the mud is too thick for the water to sink in.”


“What’s that?”

“It’s some sort of slug.”

“Urgh!  I hate slugs.”

“Feel it! It’s not actually a slug, I don’t think.”

“Look, Mrs Johns!  We’ve found a creature.”

“I know -  it’s woodlice.”

“I can magnify them.”

“Can I have that thing?”

“Yes, of course.  Can I have it back again in a little bit?”


Inspired by this story, we measured not to the moon and back, but from the moon to classroom objects and back.


Water Play




Making a nose cone by pinching the end of a kitchen roll.

“I need to cover the nose or the pilot will fall out.  I need cardboard for the back and plastic for the front – so the pilot can see out…I need see-through tape.  The pilot needs to see or he might crash into another plane.”

“I think I need more tape to make it more sturdy.”

Using 4 rectangles to make a 3D ‘cone’ for the cockpit.  “Wow!  It does seem like school makes you learn new things!”

“If I do 2 fuel tanks - one on the other wing, then when it runs out of fuel, it’s got some more.”

Remembering last week’s strategy of using triangles coming together in a point for a nose cone.



Week 2

Sowing seeds with Mrs Williams.  The children listened to the sounds the seeds made in the packet.

“The noisy ones are harder.” 

Then they compared them and finally planted them.



 Following our interest in Russia, we made beetroot soup today.

At first we wondered if it was a radish as it looked similar.

“This (root) bit is the same.”

“It goes in the soil, under the grass.  The long thing is the root.”

“Leaves go on the top.”

“It’s as hard as a rock!”

“And it’s bumpy and the leaves are soft.”

“It’s also quite smooth – the bump are smooth.”

Why is it called ‘beetroot’?

“Because it has a root.”

“Maybe it’s because it grows on the beach?”

The children all struggled to cut the raw beetroot.  What if it was cooked?

“It will get softer!”

Luckily we had some cooked beetroot too.

“It’s leaking!”

We wondered what else we could do with beetroot.

“Paint!... With string.”

“Get the juice from the beetroot and put the string in…”

“And it would turn pink!  We would have to let it dry.”



The soup got mixed reactions but at least most of the children tried it!



The children were very keen to hot seat witches again:

“I’m stirring the cauldron ‘cause the magic’s not working at the moment.”

“What do you wear?”

“Black clothes and a broomstick.”

“What do you do with the cauldron?”

“I put scary things in it to make ‘nother children.”

“How do you make magic.”

“I make it in my cauldron – spiders, bats and mice.”



On Thursday we had a visit from the builders of the new housing estate. 

We talked about the different machinery…

“A mobile crane has wheels and an ordinary one doesn’t.”

…about the different jobs…

“Does a carpenter lay carpets?”

And about safety…

“Bricks might drop on your toes.”

“Or on your head.”

“A hard hat protects your brain.”

“A saw might chop your finger off.”

“Don’t touch electricity…or you might die.”

“A chemical is a kind of medicine for sheep.”

“Ear defenders are if something is very noisy.”

“It will hurt your ears.”


Then we put on our protective clothing, had a safety briefing and set off.

“Mrs Johns! Your (hi-vis) jacket is inside out!  You can’t go!  They won’t see you very well!

We watched the forklift truck extending and driving sideways!

We went in a house and saw people at work and talked about all the jobs that still needed doing!

Then we found out it takes 13 weeks to build a house so we will have to wait awhile before they are finished.





Art Attack





Designing and attaching nose cones to our aeroplanes.  The children invented lots of different ways to tackle this, which was very impressive!






Week 1

The country we are focussing on now is Russia so we began by making Russian blinis.  These are a type of pancake that is much wider and thinner than American style pancakes but bnot as thin and wide as crepes.

The children found lots of words that rhyme with blini – beanie, meany, cheeny, teeny, cleany, weeny, greeny, feeny, keeny…

We needed 600ml of both milk and cream.

“400 has 2 zeros to make it like a hundred so 600 would be 2 zeros after the 6.”


“The cream is gooier than the milk.”

“We mixed it so the bubbles came.”

“The mixer makes it bubbly.”

“It’s actually the air from the kitchen because when you’re mixing, you’re pulling the air in.”

“The flour is under the milk.”

“You mean, inside the milk.”

“So it’s all soggy now.”

“It’s gone darker.”

“I know!  It’s the egg because it’s got yellow in.”

“The cream made it a different colour and the flour did it.  It doesn’t look like milk anymore.”

“It’s thick, like porridge.”

“When you melt butter, it goes thinner.”

“It goes flat.”

“Yeah, look!  It’s gone all saucey like runny honey – that rhymes!”

“It’s all crunchy round the edges like pizza!”

We thought they tasted the same as our pancakes.”



Playing skittles and recording the scores.




There's  a famous Russian story about Baba Yaga, a child eating witch so we have been thinking about witches and took turns at being in the hot-seat, where one child is in character and the others ask them questions.

What’s your name?

“Baba yaga.  I’m making magic potions to make frogs.”

Where do you live?

“In a pointy cave.”


What do you eat?

“I eat children!”

Do you have a flying broomstick?

“Yes, it’s at home.”

Baba Yaga, what sort of potions do you make?

“I make potions to make other witches.”

How do you fly your broomstick?

“I make potions that make things fly and I rub it onto the broomstick.”

Do you have a car?

“No, I don’t!”

How long is your nose?

“It’s about 5 metres!”

Have you got pointy shoes?

“Yes, I get them from the shoe shop for witches.”

What are your teeth made of?

“Iron – to eat little children!”

What do you eat for breakfast?

“I eat children with toast!”


Non- standard measuring




Art Attack


 “I’m making an aeroplane for my baby sister….Now it’s a ice machine what shoots fire.”

“I’m making a yellow bird... I need a oval – can you help me do one please?”

“It’s like a space rocket but it’s not a space rocket…”


“I’m trying to make a robot.”

“Mine’s a robot too….Oh, it won’t really stand up – I’ll ask someone to help….I’m putting a face mask on my robot.”

“It’s called a space rocket – that bit protects that bit.  It’s called a shield…I’ve put this on to help it stand up and when it lands on the moon, it will have a safe landing.”

“It’s a computer.”

“Mine’s looking really cool!  I love it!  It’s got a stirrer in it to mix things up.”

“It’s just a beautiful picture.”

“It’s a plane and those bits grab things like a car.”

“It’s a computer for my baby.”

“It’s a fire machine to make fire.”


Water play

 “They bob up and down – there’s air in them.”

 “This is nearly full!”

 “Surprise!  You have a go – this one needs a shower.”

“I’m putting water on to make the animals stay alive.”

“Yes, they need to survive.”





“Stir it up – make the smokiest spell ever – Ha! Ha! Ha!... I’m a really bossy witch.  I always tell my cat what to do – Now, sit!  Lightening, stop!  He won’t stop – he’s such a pain!  Now Smokey, come here!  I need to do your fur…You can sprinkle a spell on Lightening’s head.”


This week we started our aeroplane models by covering the tubes and designing and attaching wings.