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Buns Galore

Onyx class are lucky enough to be able to use the Bun Making Station as well during Learning Time. This is when we open up both classrooms and children get to choose where they do their learning. We love being able to follow the recipe ourselves to make the buns. The children are learning so much about Maths when they are making buns among lots of other things. They just see they are having fun though. This is when we believe the best learning takes place.

The recipe is taken from Anna Ephgrave’s books about learning in Foundation Stage.

Remember to remind the children how important it is to wash your hands first. You can’t bake a bun at school until your hands are washed!

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We have introduced a Bun Making Station in Garnet Class. The children were given a recipe and were shown how to read it. Then they were encouraged to make buns independently.

Can you remember what you need to do?

What does balance mean? What does it look like?

Can you remember the ingredients you need?

We needed to place an egg on one side of the scales then measure out flour, sugar and butter. We needed to make sure each ingredient balanced with the egg, once we had all the ingredients in the bowl a grown up placed the mixture in a special cooker.

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Yummy Pancakes!

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.

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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!

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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. 

 

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The Dough Disco!

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.

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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.

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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. 
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How to Melt Ice and more…

A wonderful thing happened last week….. it got really really cold and the children found ice outside. Some of them brought it inside and began talking about it. Here is their Learning Story…….

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The ideas didn’t stop there though. We began thinking about where the ice came from and how we could possibly get some more.

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Sadly the water we put outside never froze because it didn’t get cold enough again. We got very excited when it snowed though!

We did start talking about frozen food in our freezers at home. Then we had a fabulous idea!

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We looked for a recipe and got busy making ice cream.

The children had lots to say while they were making and tasting the ice cream they’d made.

“Are we making chips or ice cream? Oooh, its right freezing.” Harvey S

“We need a dish to mix it, you have to mix it?” Dalton 

“We’re making ice cream and we’re going to taste it.” Pheobe

“Because we have to mix it up” Narla

“It looks like a cup o’tea” Grace

“My hands is freezing” Retaj

“Double bag, that means two. We wanted to try frozen food.” Corey

“Its yummy, its cold. Can we have some more?” Raghd

“My mouths getting cold because I drink ice cream, so yummy” Ya Qing

“More please” Logan

“It was nice. It look like milk. It was leaking at the side” Aiva

Everyone loved making and trying our ice cream. Maybe you could try and make some at home. Its easier than you think and you don’t need a fancy ice cream machine- just some plastic bags, ice and salt! Look below for the recipe. 

 

What have we been learning?

  • About how ice melts and how it is formed. 
  • Different words to describe the ice other than just cold. 
  • About looking for changes in the things that we observe and how to describe them. 
  • To use the ice we were so interested in to make ice cream. 

How can you continue the learning at home?

  • Try to make ice cream at home. There is a recipe if you click here. We bought a bag of ice from the shop to save us spending a long time freezing ice cubes. 
  • Talk about the different weathers when you wake in up a morning. How many words can you think of to describe them other than cold and hot? 
  • Look for other types of frozen food in your freezer. What can you find? Can you eat it straight from the freezer? Why not? 
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Birds, Birds, Birds!

We started talking about birds the other week when we were talking about camouflage (another child initiated idea). The children got very excited about looking for birds and loved being outside with the checklists looking to see what was about.

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Some of the children even built themselves a small hide so they would be camouflaged from the birds and they might see more.

We talked about what the children could see…..

“When it were dinner, I see some birds”- Harvey S

“I was camouflaging myself with my coat”- Lucas

“It flies”- Grace

“It got black and white”-Elisha

“Magpie!”- Lacey

We started to think how we might encourage more birds into our Outdoor Area.

“With some food”- Dalton

“Seeds, but I got a good plan to get the birds to come. Get a tray, fill it with seeds then get a hide out. Then get camouflaged”- Corey

We talked about if anyone had heard of special bird cake…

How do we make bird cake? 

We found some instructions in a recipe and got busy making the bird cake.

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We’ve hung the bird cake up on our trees and now we just have to wait and see if it works. Do you think it will work? 

What have we been learning? 

  • About the world around us and the animals which live in it. 
  • To talk about the different animals (birds) we see and describe them. 
  • To follow a recipe measuring out the ingredients in the correct order. 
  • To feel different textures when making the bird cake and talk about how they feel. 
  • To observe the natural environment and comment on what we see. 
  • To think about the feelings of others (the birds) and what they like. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Look for birds you see when you’re at home and out and about. 
  • Talk about the birds you see at home and out and about. 
  • Talk about the different foods that animals eat and compare them to our foods- would you like to eat the bird cake? 
  • Use this recipe for Bird Cake and make some at home.