Before we went to Cannon Hall Farm we talked about the milking that we would see and talked about…
What can you make from milk?
Adam said, “You can make a cup of tea.” Dontae knew you could make “chocolate” and apart from that we weren’t really sure.
(You can see the photos of the milking we saw on the Cannon Hall Farm post- click here)
Miss Parker said she knew of something that we could make ourselves in the classroom so we had a go. We made some butter!
It was hard work because we had to shake the jar a LOT! We passed the jar around the circle and made the butter as a team so our arms didn’t get too tired. Lexi said, “My arms are tired.”
After a little while we took the lid off and saw that the cream had got thicker but it didn’t look like butter yet. We put the lid back on and shook it some more. After everyone had had another turn we took the lid off again. We thought it would be different this time because the noise the jar was making when we shook had changed. Jayden said he could hear, “flump, flump, flump.” Miah also noticed there was milk back in the jar, “Its turned to milk, look!” We found out that was the buttermilk which is formed when the butter is ready.
When we’d made the butter we had some on a cracker. We had to use the knife to butter our own cracker then we could sprinkle some cheese on it. When we read the packet we found out that cheese came from milk as well. We also had a drink of goat’s milk because we’d found out about it at the farm but no one had tried it before, including Miss Parker and Miss Morris.
What have we been learning?
- which products come from milk.
- about turning liquids into solids and talking about what happens.
- to use a knife to spread butter.
- to try new foods and drinks which we haven’t had before.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Find some other products which are made from milk. Which is your favourite?
- Have a go at making butter at home. We used a small glass jar with a marble in it.
- What else do you know about which turns from a liquid into a solid? Here’s a clue: What happens to water when it get really cold?