Most of us know, sandwich making is an artform.
Do you take triangles, squares, rectangles?
Crusts on or crusts off?
As part of the children mathematical development they have been focusing on preparing food for the snack area to share. Sandwich-making lends itself perfectly to this learning.
Children were supported in the process. Firstly the planned their fillings, then checked the garden for any ingredients we could harvest.
Next some children went shopping for ingredients: writing their lists and collecting money to pay Mark at the market stall.
Children estimated and then counted out slices of bread, used knives to butter their bread and sliced other ingredients. They were exposed to and used mathematical language such a numbers, 'more', 'less', 'length', 'triangle', 'square' and 'rectangle'. They also used positional language and ordinal language such as 'first', 'second' etc.
Over the two weeks they have enjoyed cucumber, cheese and tomato, BLT (BUTTER, lettuce and tomato) and home grown cress sandwiches.
Sometimes they shared them out in the garden when it was warm enough and enjoyed stories and talk while they ate.
It has also fed into learning across the nursery about seeds and growth - some children picked out the tomato seeds and planted them along with other seeds and vegetables we are growing.
Enjoy the bank holiday and maybe you could make some sandwiches for an outing!
Rachel Keeling Nursery School
Bullard's Place, Morpeth Street, London, E2 0PS
Tel: 020 89805856
RACHEL KEELING IS PART OF THE RACHEL KEELING AND CHILDREN'S HOUSE NURSERY FEDERATION