Winter fun and food for thought


Snow cooking!

Snow cooking!

What a busy time we have had! Between exploring the ice and snow outside, we have, along with the reception class, been investigating food.

We have explored lots of different pasta shapes and textures,  simply playing with the pasta, filling containers with it, threading penne pasta tubes onto spaghetti and pipe cleaners, combining pasta with playdough to create sculptures, and making patterns with the pasta by sticking it onto paper using glue we made ourselves with flour and water.

Wow, look at my pasta picture!

Wow, look at my pasta picture!

Making glue

Making glue

This week we cooked the pasta to see what happens to it when you boil it. We wrote a recipe for pasta sauce (and plan to put these into a cook book), and made some. (We were a bit nervous when Siobhan chopped the onion, in case it made our eyes sting!). Everyone came to Rosie’s restaurant to try our lovely pasta and sauce. Some of us like it best just with pasta and cheese, some liked just sauce and cheese, some like just cheese or just pasta! Everyone is different!

We have also been exploring and tasting lots of fruit. melon, pineapple, avocado, pears, oranges, mangoes…. We have been reading ‘Eat up, Gemma,’ by Sarah Hayes. Next week we hope to read ‘Handa’s Surprise’… (it’s disappeared somewhere!). Both these books are about fruit.

Fruit study

Fruit study

Siobhan is trying to work up the courage to try making bread…. and we are also planning a trip up to the woods with reception to try our hands at cooking pastry twists on sticks on a fire. And of course we are getting excited about our trip next week to High House Farm, where we hope to see where some of our food comes from. http://highhousefarmbrewery.co.uk/

What a long time it takes to get ready to go outside! But once we have all our layers on, it is well worth it! (please make sure your children have gloves, hats, scarves, a change of clothes, and – if you come in your wellies – footwear to change into). We have particularly focussed on mark making in the snow in a range of ways eg the different patterns our boots prints make, and drawing with sticks. The favourite challenge for many has been how to get up the climbing slope even when it is icy! Some ingenious methods have evolved, and some fantastic team work and leadership skills too. There are lots of snowy photos in many of your Tapestry journals – please have a look, and if anyone is having problems with Tapestry, let staff know. Hopefully there will be a snow display soon too. Come and see.

Ice-skating

Ice-skating

Making crunchy footprints

Making crunchy footprints

House of hay!

House of hay!

Enjoying a beautiful winter morning

Enjoying a beautiful winter morning