You can imagine how excited we all were when we saw it was Pancake Day on the calendar! We decided that we just had to make pancakes 🙂
First there was lots of talking about pancakes and Lucas told us everything he knew about them.
We thought about how to make pancakes and the all important toppings.
Before we made our pancakes we had to write the shopping list and decide on our toppings. In Maths we had a vote to decide which were the five most popular toppings in Onyx class. Everyone voted by putting their cube on the topping of their choice. We counted up and found out which ones had the most votes. Hot chilli sauce was the most surprising option!
Everyone helped to make our pancakes following the recipe carefully then it was our favourite bit- eating them!!!
They were delicious! We did such a good job and we’re really glad we decided to make pancakes at school. Did you have pancakes at home this week? We’d love to know what toppings you had and how they tasted. Don’t forget to fill out a WOW moment to tell us what you’ve been doing.
What have we been learning
- About the British celebration of Pancake Day.
- How to write shopping lists.
- To find out the most popular toppings by having a democratic vote.
- To follow a recipe and make pancakes.
- To stay safe in a kitchen.
- To talk about what we have been doing.
How can you continue the learning at home
- Make simple recipes such as pancakes or cakes together allowing the children to help measure the ingredients.
- Write a shopping list together before you go to the shop.
- Talk about staying safe in kitchens and why we need to be careful.
Since Christmas we’ve been going to the Dough Disco every day. Dough Disco is a fun way to help strengthen our fingers and hands and get them ready for writing. We also do Write Dance each week (see this post about Write Dance from last year to give you a better idea of what it is.)
In Dough Gym we all have our own pot of dough which we have to look after. We made it ourselves. Have you ever made Playdough? Its very easy and your children can help you do it.
Follow this simple recipe-
The children can help count out the cups and tablespoons and talk about the different amount between the cups and the tablespoons.
Then they will need your help because the recipe needs very hot or boiling water. Add 2 cups of boiling water and mix with a spoon until all the dry ingredients have gone. Once it has cooled a little then give it to the children to continue mixing it with their hands. You can talk about about how hot the play dough is and how it cools.
Once we’d made our play dough we were ready to use it for Dough Disco. Everyone has their own pot and we sit in a circle so everyone can see. Miss Parker puts on the music and we’re ready to go…
We dance with the dough in our hands and practise using our fingers and hands to squash, squeeze and squidge the dough. These are some of the movements we do in time to the music.
If you want to find out more you can watch a video of Dough Disco with Shonette Bason-Wood on YouTube by clicking on this link.
What have we been learning?
- To make play dough counting out the ingredients and talking about the changes we see and feel.
- To strengthen our hands and fingers using the dough.
- To move in time to the music.
- To listen to instructions and do the action we are being told.
How can you continue the learning at home?
- Make some play dough of your own (you can colour it with food colouring if you want)
- See if you can have a Dough Disco with your favourite music playing.