At Rachel Keeling whilst we are settling some new children and families we are also welcoming back some children and families who are returning to school after the summer.
It is vital we keep the deeper learning for these children on track and challenge them.
Many children have come back to school with more confidence and they are the older children and so they appear to fill that space and take on the role of the leaders.
We are fortunate that our mature garden has produced some delicious vegetables: our pumpkin was ripe. Children problem solved how to harvest it and worked as a team to make delicious pumpkin fritters.
They were supported to share talk and ideas about the pumpkin , herbs from our garden and other ingredients. The looked at the recipe and were encouraged to read the numbers and recognise some of the symbols.
They used a range of tools: from a grater, to a knife, to a pestle and mortar to a sieve.
There was lots of talk and excitement and some children are beginning to ask questions with confidence.
Lastly, they fried the fritters on the hob and shared them with their friends.
A batch of vegan banana bread was also made with some very ripe bananas!
Again, children were keen to join in and sustained concentration and enjoyed trying the food, which was new to some children.
If you have any healthy recipes you use at home, please feel free to share with us!!!