Chocolate! Chocolate! Everywhere!

 

Our new topic has started and it’s a sweet one! Class 3 and 4 have been having some exciting topic theme days learning loads and loads about chocolate.

Our first theme day was focused around the cacao tree and as the question does chocolate grow on trees!? We then began locating using maps and atlases where in the world we can find the cacao tree. We looked into the climate needing to grow cacao trees and what the tree is made up of. We learnt about the cacao bean and how you need to grind it down to make cacao powder, which is then used in making chocolate.

We also got messy and made paper mache cacao beans, using strips of bright coloured paper and gluing it around small balloons. It helped the children really understand the colours of the bean and the shade and texture of it.

img_4639We also thought about the sugar in chocolate and had to guess how many suagar cubes was in a huge bar of dairy milk! Miss Cosh got us thinking about how to be healthy if eating chocolate and got us running on the spot and doing star jumps for ages. Did you know you need to run really fast for over ten whole minutes just to burn off the fat and sugar in a Freddo Bar?! With Miss Cosh we also though about how chocolate can change state and can go from a solid to a liquid. We found out that chocolate melts when it gets hot and got a bit messy melting chocolate. We then dipped some fruit in chocolate and had to wait till later to see if it would go back to being a solid when we left it in the fridge. It was a tasty and messy experiment.

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Key Stage 1 House Football

Recently the year 1 and 2 children got to play in a house football tournament.

So many children were interested in playing that we decided to pick the teams out of a hat and have boys and girls from each class playing.

It was a cold and frosty day, but this didn’t deter the spirit of the game. The children played fantastically and were so enthusiastic of all the other teams playing.

It was close with the scores and it came down to just 1 goal that then ultimately decided who the winners were.

But that wasn’t the only exciting thing happening, whilst Miss Cosh was busy referring the football matches with our sports apprentice Libby; the rest of the key stage were taking part in some exciting football drills including: dribbling, ladder runs, striking, throw ins, safe tackling etc.

It was a great afternoon and the children loved the massive group warm up we did in the hall. Miss Cosh certainly makes sure to egg everyone’s hearts pumping and muscles warm!

The best bit though was finding out the results, and the winners of Key Stage 1 House Football 2016 was… FIRE HOUSE!!

Well done to everyone who took part and all the staff who helped. Enjoy the photos below 🙂 Miss Cosh x