The Classics Club now has nearly twenty members, all of whom come for a variety of reasons. They might need to catch up on work, need extra support or revision, or just be interested in doing something different from the necessities of the classroom. So in some ways it is like a series of simultaneous individual tutorials! Topics currently include Hannibal, The Iliad and Odyssey, domestic and military history and Ancient Greek. George Bernard Shaw may have said that ‘although it may not be essential to know Ancient Greek, to have forgotten it, at least, is something’. He has a point – and you can play Hangman!
I am planning to hold a workshop for any child or parent who would like to know more, especially parents who have not done Latin and would like to know why it is such a great subject! This will be from 11.20am on the first Saturday of Clubs next term. If anyone is interested, please would you email me so I have an idea of numbers.
The children were delighted to be making Christmas Shortbread biscuits this week because they knew it would involve plenty of icing and decorations.
W/E 30th November 2018
This week we followed our termly tradition of making Pizza. However, this was the first time I had received a request for seafood toppings; but I must say looked amazing.
There is one random picture of last week’s Rock Cakes.
W/E 23rd November 2018
Cookery Club – Over the last two lessons the children had the opportunity to make some very tasty turkey meatballs with homemade tomato sauce and pasta. This had to be finished off with lashings of grated cheese!
W/E 16th November 2018
Which shoes to choose?
This week in STEM club we made shoes out of materials you could find in the classroom, if you had left your shoes at home! We then tested the shoes to see if they could withstand a puddle. We then rated the effectiveness of the shoes against whether they were still functional and if their feet were wet. The children all decided that if your shoes go missing then plastic bags are the most effective replacement!
In Year 1 this week we have started looking at the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs. The children had to build a brick house out of Lego with set criteria. The house had to have one window, one door and a chimney. Some of the children took their houses further by adding gardens, cars and ramps. We have also explored Diwali and we watched a video telling us the story of Rama and Sita. We then celebrated by creating
W/E 19th October 2018
Cookery Club – To get ourselves into the mood for Halloween we made Cheese and Pumpkin Muffins which had tomatoes for devilish eyes and triangles of mozzarella for fangs!
They also made chipolatas with puff pastry twirled around them. I hope they try out some of this term’s recipes for you over the holiday.
W/E 12th October 2018
Ultimate Frisbee – A new activity for Vinehall is running as part of our enrichment programme. Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact, self-refereed team sport played with a flying disc. Each team defends one endzone and scores a goal if one of their players catches the disc in the opposite end zone. An energetic game being played on the sunken fence pitch.
Cooking – This week the children made Chunky Chocolate Brownies with varying degrees of success according to their weighing skills!
W/E 5th October 2018
Ski Club – My youngest new recruit in ski club sporting a very cool helmet! This week we took part in slalom relay races. Those children are fast! Lucy B thinks she beat me even when I had a head start. Everyone seemed to agree with her, but I’m sure all their eyes are deceiving them because that can’t possibly be true!!!
Cookery Club – Much to the delight of the new cooks, it was their turn to make burgers with melted cheese and salad if they wished. We had just enough ice-cream to make a small milkshake too.
W/E 28th September 2018
Sewing Club – We have had a busy week at the sewing club. All of the children have been making patchwork cushions and have spent the last two sessions cutting out their patches. This week, the time came for us to start using the sewing machines and it didn’t take long for the nerves to subside and the real haberdashers to emerge!
As you can see from the pictures, sewing is well underway and soon the patches will form fabric cloth that will eventually made some stunning cushions.
Cooking – The children made chocolate chip cookies this week with varying degrees of success! I think some more accurate weighing skills are needed!