Grangetown Primary School

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MS COLE'S GROUP


 

Beautiful Backhouse Park

Backhouse Park 

As we have been invited to decorate Bird Boxes for BackhousePark, we took a trip there to see where our boxes would be installed.  We enjoyed a lovely walk along Ryhope Road to the Park and once there, we followed one of the many trails.  The signs that we followed told us that we had walked 1 mile around the park, and we certainly had tired feet when we completed the circuit!  We saw many different types of birds, including blackbirds and wood pigeons, but only the blue tits that we saw will be able to fit into the boxes! We were lucky enough to see some other birds nests high up in the trees too.  We were even followed around the park by a Crow - we think he wanted to join Grangetown Primary School! On our visit we realised that many people use this park, including toddler groups, people out walking their dogs and joggers.  It really is a lovely place to visit.  Why not pop along and see?

 

Mexican Munchies!

This half term, as part of our international learning, we have been learning about Mexico. We’ve been cheering on the team during the World Cup too.  We kicked off our topic by trying some Mexican Food:  Chilli in taco shells with tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole.  We cooked the chilli ourselves, carefully frying the mince and onions before adding the chilli mix.  Some of us tried adding cheese on top and as a side dish, we made spicy Mexican Rice.  It was a tasty way to start our topic!

 Tasting Mexican Food 

This week we have once again been working with No Limits Theatre Group.  Janet, Hank and Nicholas came back to see us for two special "Pirate Days".  On Monday we worked with Hank writing our very own Pirate Song and on Tuesday we were visited by some real life Pirates!  Luckily none of us had to walk the plank!

No Limits Pirates!

 

As you know, we love to cook and bake in our group, so we couldn't let Pancake Day go by without having a go at making some ourselves!! Just look at the professional way the pancakes were flipped...although we did have some land on the floor. Oops!

 Pancake Flipping 

This half term we have focussed on maths, science and technology, whilst also having a lot of fun!

 In maths we made Chinese Tangrams using a variety of 2d shapes.  By placing the shapes together in different ways, we were able to make animals.  Can you spot which animals Lacey created?

 Lacey's Tangram

 

 When Technology Tom visited, we had lots of fun investigating his inventions.  Mathew learned how to power a train’s wheels and found out that it was a lot harder than we thought!

 Mathew with Technology Tom

  We then also made our own electronic game, using a simple circuit.  The aim of the game is to move the metal hook along the trail without touching the sides.  But watch out…the light shines if you don’t manage to complete the challenge!  As you can see by Ethan’s concentration, it was quite tricky to join all of the pieces together to make the circuit, but it was worth it in the end. 

Ethan's circuit

Tyleray enjoyed challenging others to complete his game, but between you and me, he did enjoy seeing the light flash on if any of us wobbled and touched the sides!!

 Tyleray's circuit game

 

 As part of our topic, we made Gingerbread men before the half term holiday. They were a great success and tasted delicious.  When they came out of the oven they were crunchy on the outside and still nice and chewy on the inside.  We cheated a little and used ready made icing to decorate them, so that we could eat them as soon as possible!

Lots of the children were asking if they could have the recipe, so here it is:

Ingredients

                          1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

                          175g brown sugar

                          4 tbsp golden syrup

                          2 tsp ground ginger

                          1 medium eggs

                          125g butter

                          350g plain flour

  Method

 1.  Sift the flour, bicarb of soda and ginger into a mixing bowl

 2.  Rub in the butter, and add the sugar.

3.  Beat the egg and syrup and add to the flour mix.

  1. Roll out onto a floured surface and use cutters of your choice.
  2. Bake at 160C for 12-15 minutes until golden. Leave on a wire rack to cool.
  3. Decorate as required.

As you can see, they looked very professional when we had decorated them, good enough to sell!  If you do have a go at making your own, let us know what you thought!

 

 Here are our tasty Gingerbread Men.  Follow the recipe and give them a try!

 Our tasty Gingerbread Men