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This term we are being led and inspired by history, looking back on the lives of two amazing ladies, Florence Nightingale, and Mary Seacole. Experts and influencers in their field, they changed the nature of nursing and the application of medical knowledge and systems.
Linking into this, in English, we will be using the text of George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, to lead our story writing and recipe writing, before moving onto the Jolly Christmas Postman in the build up to Christmas. And of course, we are very excited to be going to the Bucks Museum and Roald Dahl Gallery to support our writing this term.
In science, we will be completing practical investigations and setting up experiments to focus in on building our scientific enquiry skills. We will set up petri dishes and, linked to our medical theme and Design & Technology (food safety and hygiene) topics, investigate hygiene and thorough cleaning.
We are also hoping to welcome our bulb donation from Bulbs4Kids this term. 600 flower bulbs including 200 tulips, 200 daffodils, 100 crocuses and 100 grape hyacinths are expected! This will lead onto our Plants science topic next term, as our bulbs start to show themselves above ground.
And of course, our showpiece this term will be our Christmas Nativity performance, alongside Squirrel and Griffin classes. There will be lots of excitement, creativity and hard work going into all of our Christmas projects. Let the singing begin!
This term, our outcome was a class book and we are very proud to showcase it here. The children studied Grandma from the text, George's Marvellous Medicine', by Roald Dahl, and they thought about what they would like to improve, before writing their own recipes so that George would be able to follow clear instructions next time he needed to make a new batch of marvellous medicine. For each recipe, there is an introduction to help George choose which medicine to make, alongside the ingredients and instructions.
We hope you enjoy our recipes, though maybe don't try them at home!
No pictures yet… we don’t want to spoil the surprise! But just to say, all the children were amazing and are super-excited for the performances to their parents next week. Well done children and parents, for all the practising and preparing. I have had KS2 children and adults telling me how amazing you were, all day. We are so proud of you!
We started on Monday with our Enterprise Day, to make nearly 200 Christmas biscuits (and a Christmas decorative tag each), to sell at the Christmas Fair. We hope you agree they were very yummy! I noticed lots of the children couldn’t resist opening their bags and tucking in! For anyone that wasn’t able to buy on the night, we still have your goody bags in class if you would like to take them home 😊
Then on Thursday, we baked courgette and butternut squash boats. Some of the children loved making and tasting them so much, they took the recipes home! To anyone looking to recreate the recipe – we switched the cheese for mild cheddar.
Throughout our cooking, we were thinking about where our food came from, the seasonality of food and what a ‘healthy’ diet means, including allergies, intolerances, diet choices and just dislikes, to ensure our food was environmentally friendly and inclusive of everyone partaking.
Gazelle had an amazing trip today to the Discover Bucks Museum and Roald Dahl Gallery. The morning workshop gave them a little insight into Roald Dahl himself and how he was inspired by the things around him. The children then had time in the Museum looking at wildlife and going back in time with the Romans, Vikings, Dinosaurs and more, to get their inspiration to make and label their own dream jars. We will be using these to write up our dreams in school tomorrow!
With a brief stop for lunch, we then moved on to the Roald Dahl Gallery itself, with lots of interactive displays and interesting facts. Mr Fox’s tunnel and the BFG microphone were very popular! We even had time to squeeze in some role play of Charlie and the Chocolate factory!
An amazing day! Thank you to all our amazing adults, including the School Office staff supporting us before and throughout, who kept us safe and helped us to enjoy the day!
An amazing thank you to Mrs Toole for coming into class this afternoon to share her experiences of being a nurse. The children loved having the chance to ask questions about hospitals and nursing today, to compare with what we have learnt about Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell this term.
Gazelle joined the whole school in remembering sacrifices that have been made and those that continue to work to keep us safe, in our Remembrance Assembly. Each child wrote a personal message on their poppy before respectfully laying it in position.