P5B 2017/18

17.04.18 Baking

A few days ago we made a chocolate chip and banana loaf we made with the help of the teacher. First we got to mash the bananas until they were soggy some of us thought it looked horrible. Then we added the rest of the things (flour, sugar, butter and other stuff like that) Everyone mixed all of it together , it was fun (even though it really hurts your arms) then we had to put it in to the tin we went home and baked it. And then tried it some people liked it and others did not.

This is the recipe we used.

•1 ripe banana (peeled weight 100g/4oz)
•1 tbsp milk
•50g/2oz soft butter or baking spread
•75g/3oz plain flour
•75g/3oz caster sugar
•½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
•½ tsp baking powder
•1 free-range egg
•50g/2oz dark chocolate chips

To decorate
•50g/2oz dark chocolate

1.Preheat the oven 160C/325F/Gas 3. Grease and line a 450g/1lb loaf tin with non-stick baking parchment.

2.Use a fork to mash the peeled banana in a mixing bowl. Add the remaining cake ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and beat with an electric hand whisk until combined and smooth.

3.Stir in the chocolate chips and spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Level the top.

4.Bake for 40-45 minutes or until well risen, shrinking away from the sides of the tin and golden-brown.

5.Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.

6.For the decoration, break the chocolate into small pieces and add to a heatproof bowl.

7.Melt the chocolate in the bowl over a pan of simmering water (ensuring that the bowl does not touch the water). Stir regularly, until almost completely melted, then remove from the heat. The heat of the bowl will melt any remaining lumps.

8.Spoon the melted chocolate into a piping bag and pipe zig-zags across the top of the loaf. Set aside for the chocolate to set. Slice and serve.

20.03.18 French

This term 5B have been successfully learning about the French language. We have been learning vocabulary for French foods such as fruits, vegetables, pizza and the toppings as well as breakfast foods. We have been listening to French and have been speaking in French also. We have drawn fruit characters, a vegetable garden, created paper pizzas and filled a fridge with food!

Today one member of 5B worked with Mrs Walker using plastic fruits, cardboard and a English/French dictionary to name the fruits in French.


January Update

Last term we were working on skills contributing to creating a book.  In cooperative learning groups the children made their own versions of the Dr Xargle’s books.  During this process the children read the books to become familiar with their style, then drafted up their own ideas and titles.  By the end of the project the children had beautifully illustrated pages and a complete story about a Xargles adventure!

The children also thought about the target age of these books, and it was decided that we would share our learning with primary 4.  On the last week of term we visited 4B and read our stories to them.  This was an experience very much enjoyed by both classes; the primary fours were read some new, funny and exciting stories, and the primary fives could show off all their hard work with pride!

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January/February Topic

During this time we have been studying Scottish history, in particular the Jacobites. As a class we have discussed what we enjoyed the most about this topic: We enjoyed creating our own character backgrounds and drama surrounding the painting: An Incident in the Rebellion of 1745 by David Morier. Many children had told me that their favourite activity was writing a diary entry based on the Massacre of Glencoe in which they were either a red coat soldier or a member of clan MacDonald, and were fleeing their home and fighting the red coats!  Again the Massacre of Glencoe features, however, as a sound story!  We read about the event, and then in large groups thought about the different sounds that would be needed, then mapped it out on paper.  We then visited the music room to look for instruments that could make the sounds we needed.  After this the children performed their sound story to the rest of the class who followed along and identified and linked the sounds to the correct part of the story.   Another firm favourite has been the Battle of Culloden art, an ongoing project with Mr Connell our art specialist.  A number of children enjoyed the task of creating a new memorial for the Battle of Prestonpans, we looked at a number of existing memorials, and from this we created our own – some included statues, and others were a few simple and effective words on a plaque.  Each cooperative learning group created a powerpoint on a key Jacobite figure, they were then given the opportunity to present this to the class. Creating and presenting powerpoints is often a favourite activity in 5B and was heavily requested for this topic!



Trip to Clerkington Woods on PhotoPeach

We went to Clerkington Woods because our topic is John Muir and we were also learning about the trees and how to help them in our school woodland.

We went with Countryside Ranger, Jen, who told us how to identify the trees and leaves. We used leaves and twigs to create a spooky Halloween pumpkin. We received a sheet to identify leaves and twigs and a second sheet to do rubbings of them.

We got into pairs and played a game called find a friend where one partner got blindfolded and the other person chose a tree and led them to their chosen tree. The blindfolded person would try and identify the tree by smelling it, feeling it, or feeling the texture of the ground.

(Written by 3 members of P5B)