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May 14, 2019: How do you make a cake without breaking eggs?
This was the question that Yr3/4 were asked as part of their topic based work around "How did World War II affect Porchester?" They already knew that rationing during the war meant people only had one egg per week, so how could they possibly bake cakes without eggs? Today, they all had a chance to find out as they prepared a wartime eggless sponge recipe, working together in teams, then placing their creations on baking trays and waiting for their hard work to cook. Once their cupcakes had cooked and cooled they tried them, and compared the taste and texture to a modern day, shop bought, cup cake. The result? Lots of them preferred the eggless cake so much they wanted the recipe to try out at home. So, here it is; 150g Self raising flour 50g margarine 50g sugar 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 dessert spoon of vinegar (white wine, not malt!) Milk to mix Sift the flour, rub in the margarine, add the sugar and golden syrup. Blend the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and add to the other ingredients, with enough milk to make a sticky consistency. Place mixture into cupcake cases (allowing room to rise). Cook in a 180° oven for 15-20 minutes until the sponge springs back if pressed.



May 1, 2019: History Hunters
This morning lower school went hunting through history, learning about WWII. They investigated both primary and secondary sources, including artefacts, photos, letters, newspaper cuttings and information books. We were even lucky enough to inverview somebody who experienced WWII first-hand. Thank you to Mrs Slack for spending the morning with us, it truly brought our learning to life!



March 9, 2019: Great Lake Artwork
This week Yr3/4 were learning about the Great Lakes in the United States, and as part of this learning, they created some artwork based around a lake and shoreline. They used a different medium to usual, producing their work in wax crayon. Here are some of the creations from Class7.



February 14, 2019: iPads or Spinning Tops?
Children in Lower School have truly demonstrated their creative flair this week, designing a range of games using the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout our topic! From quiz style board games to games using electrical circuits to programming their own computer games! We even had the pleasure of sharing our learning with Upper School this afternoon...



January 30, 2019: Researching Victorian Inventors
This week the children in class7 have been finding out about the people who created some of the great Victorian inventions. They studied Rowland Hill, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Thomas Edison, Thomas Twyford, Alexander Graham Bell, and James Starley. Here are two examples of the research discoveries made by the groups of children;



January 8, 2019: A Victorian Adventure
What a wonderful day Year 3 and 4 had today when they visited Perlethorpe to learn about life in Victorian Times. From looking at artefacts, exploring the local church and discovering all about Victorian school lessons the children were immersed in this terms topic.



January 7, 2019: Discussing events in the Victorian Times
This afternoon, as part of our new topic, we were looking at a range of events from the reign of Queen Victoria. After sorting all the events into a correct timeline, the class held a debate about which they thought were the three most important events of the Victorian age. After lots of discussion they decided on four events*, and then reduced it to these three; The police force was chosen because it helped keep people safe from crime. Electric lighting was chosen because it made dark areas lighter and safer to visit. The Education Act because it meant that children did not have to work, and could instead go to school and learn important information to help them become knowledgeable. *The fourth event was the building of the Houses of Parliament. In the end the class decided that the building wasn't critical, as laws and rules could still be made in other buildings if necessary.



December 20, 2018: Giacometti inspired Iron Man creations
As we complete our lower school topic of 'Do opposites really attract?' where we have been looking at metals and magnets (and reading The Iron Man) we completed the last piece of work today by looking at the humanoid sculptures Giacometti created and then re-created them using pipe cleaners and tin foil. After learning how to twist three pipe cleaners together to form a human shape, the children had to wrap foil around the skeletons to complete their design and discovered it wasn't as easy as they thought it would be! The extra challenge that was set towards the end of the lesson was to try and get their sculptures to stand on their own. Well done to those children who managed to get a free standing model.



November 28, 2018: My Perfect Future
As part of this weeks topic based work, we've been thinking about what machines we would like to see in the future to make our lives easier. Here are three ideas from some of the children in class.



November 5, 2018: A Mystery at Porchester
Year 3 and 4 were shown a local newspaper headline today at the start of their new topic, and it seems not only did some of the staff see mysterious objects at the weekend, but so did many of the children. We have discovered that there are still strange nuts, bolts and other items around the school and the children are collecting them to help us try and solve the mystery of where these could have come from.


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