As part of Black History Month, Shamso made anjero to share with the children.
Shamso is from Somalia and anjero is a pancake-like bread that can be eaten with sweet or savoury meals.
This morning we had a campfire at school to cook the anjero. To help support children's understanding of safety, they helped to create a safe space: marking out a fire square with wooden blocks. Children know they must not enter the area once the fire is lit. Children handled kindling, cotton wool, vaseline and coal, preparing it for the fire bowl. Children explored the materials and used language to describe how they felt and looked.
When the fire was ready to be lit, Shamso used a flint. The flint is tricky to use but the sparks hit the cotton wool and vaseline and ignited. It is important we don't use matches or lighters with young children as they may find them at home and use them.
We talked about the danger of fire and how to keep safe when near a campfire in school.
While the flames took hold, children noticed the smoke, the smell, the sounds and staff could feel the heat.
While we enjoyed the sensory aspect of the fire, children listened to some music (African Playground) through the speaker and we played the djembe drums in small groups. Children shared and took turns really well.
When the campfire was ready, Shamso added her batter to the pan and covered it. The anjeros cooked in a few minutes and were ready to share. We all tried them and most children enjoyed them.
Thank you Shamso for sharing your Somali cooking with us.
Iroko Drummers are coming to the nursery after half term to bring some music and culture from Nigeria to our school.
Would you like to come into school to celebrate your culture with us?
Sharing stories, cooking, music, dance, crafts?
Please see your key person. We would love to have you!
Rachel Keeling Nursery School
Bullard's Place, Morpeth Street, London, E2 0PS
Tel: 020 89805856
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