The eponymous, Troll in our book visits several different types of bridge on his quest to find a goat or two to eat.
We have learned all about different bridge designs and used this knowledge to design a bridge or our own. Some groups have gone for a simple beam bridge, others an arch and some have even gone for a fancy suspension bridge.
So, yesterday, we got the tools and D.T. Materials our and began construction!
The British Empire was great because it means our culture has been influenced by all the countries and people in it. Our music, our literature and even our diets are influenced by places that were once part of Britain.
To celebrate this, the children identified dishes from around the Empire that they would like to make, researched the recipes and ingredients needed and wrote a shopping list.
Now we had a strict budget of £1 per person to work to so we had to be creative. Some teams realised they could choose a cheaper cut of meat to work with, some spotted that we could buy mixed herbs and spices and save money from buying each spice individually. However, we all had to completely avoid any packets or anything ready-made. Everything was made from scratch.
We headed up to the Aldi and the staff stepped back and the children did the shopping. They had to use good manners and ask the Aldi staff if they couldn’t find something. If items were more expensive than they thought it were not available they had to solve it themselves by finding alternatives.
Once we had everything, we headed back to class to cook. The children did everything except handle the hot pan and oven, everything was mixed, mashed and made by the kids…even de-boning chicken thighs!
spicy Jamaican rice
jerk chicken wings
southern fried nuggets
Spiced corn and 3 types of naan! All in one afternoon!!!
We are going to investigate this through the contributions of 3 giants from the age of Empire.
The first of these is Charles Darwin. We have been finding out how animals adapt to live in their environment. We learned that because we inherit hereditary characteristics from our parents that the animals who are the most successful pass along their genes and so the offspring have the successful traits. Over time, this shapes creatures to perfectly suit their environment.
We have invented our own creatures who have adapted to some environments suggested by Mr Swallow. We made models in clay and created Non-fiction files about them. To do this we had to INDEPENDENTLY identify layout and content features to use is our text by reading and discussing similar books to those that we were writing.
We mixed and made our own pancakes with our friends from Year 2:
We have been talking a little about what it means to be British. what values and traditions we have. There are lots of little celebrations and rituals that we are all so used to that we never realise that other countries and cultures don’t do the same.