Through the eye of a needle…

This afternoon Year 5/6 have been practising their sewing skills this afternoon in preparation for their ‘Gingerbread Man’ tapestry inspired by the famous Bayeaux Tapestry the depicts the Great Norman battle of 1066. Our finished tapestry will be given to Foundation Stage ready for their Spring Term topic.  

The children have been practising different stitches such as the good old running stitch, the blanket stitch, the overcast stitch aka the whip stitch aswell as the backstitch.  Have a look through our pictures and see if you can spot the different types of stitches. 

The hardest part of the afternoon was threading the needles just to get started! It was quite interesting watching the resilience the children showed.  They definitely had to apply the principles of growth mindset today. 👍🏻👍🏻

“Mistakes are proof that we are learning, I’ve definitely been learning because I couldn’t thread my needle!” Jagdeesh Bains (Year 6, Malala Yousafzai)

“It has been challenging because the thread kept falling out of the needle, I definitely had to show resilience!” Elise Martin (Year 6, William Knibb)

” It was hard to finish it off, especially you leave the thread and it gets too short! It was just hard!” commented Charlie Grundy (Year 6, Stephen Hawking)

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Tucking in to our Viking Feast!

What a great afternoon! The children loved tucking in their hearty Viking stews that they prepared this morning.  Along with the stew the children had the opportunity to try boiled cabbage, a favourite side dish of the Vikings! During the morning we also talked about the process of preserving and how meats and cheeses would have been smoked to cure them and preserve them to longer to last over the winter months therefore the children also had the opportunity to try some smoked cheese, cured and smoked meat aswell as some smoked salmon.  

The children were encouraged to try all of the food, allergies and dietary requirement allowing! Whilst tasting the food they recorded their initial thoughts about smells, tastes, textures and using Jane Consadine’s FANTASTICs.  The staff were all impressed with how much the children liked the stews and were even more impressed when they ate it all. The only thing that didn’t go down too well was the smoked salmon… we all know that’s a required taste!

“The food tasted interseting, some of it was nice and some of it wasn’t! I really didn’t like beef stew- it tasted weird stuff!” Sophie, Year 6, Stephen Hawking Class.

“I don’t like stew, this didn’t any taste better!” Alice, Year 6, Malala Yousafzai, ” but I did like dipping the bread into the gravy.”

Tomorrow the children will be writing a descriptive piece about their Viking feast experience.

Viking Feast Preperation

This morning we have been preparing our Viking Stew for our Viking Feast this afternoon. Malala and Hawking have created a beef stew packed with swede, potato, leek, onion, celery, carrots and  plenty of herbs! Knibb class have made a vegetable option packed full of cabbage, onions, leeks, potato, garlic, carrots, celery,plenty of herbs and a lovely vegetable stock. It has been interesting seeing the children vegetable preparation skills; some interesting knife skills from a few children and likewise some amazing knife skills from a few others. Potential future chefs? And of course there were some tears when cutting the onions.  The stew is now on and will simmer away for the next couple of hours whilst the children continue with their learning.  They will tuck into the hearty stew this afternoon along with some fresh baked bread and a selection of smoked cheese, meat and fish. Maybe even a jug of (child friendly) mead to wash it all down!  More pictures to follow later.

🏏Cricket taster session🏏

Before half term, Year Six children had the opportunity to take part in a cricket taster session. To begin the afternoon, they practiced throwing and catching in a warm up and then put them into a game with batting and fielding. We had lots of competitive children having lots of fun. Thankfully, not too many 6’s were hit out of the playground! 

Here are some quotes from the children who took part…