Monthly Archives: November 2016

Show and Tell


Did you know that the egg of an ostrich , a flightless bird, is the largest among the living species of birds? Or that the ostrich burying its head in the ground is just a myth?

An ostrich (Struthio camelus) is a large flightless bird native to the African continent. The bird was found in abundance in Africa and Asia minor at one point of time, but large-scale hunting and excessive loss has taken its toll on this amazing bird. In fact, one species of the bird, the Arabian ostrich was driven to extinction. Today, herds of ostriches are predominantly restricted to the Savanna and Sahel regions of Africa.

Ostriches lay the largest eggs among living birds. Earlier the Elephant bird, native to Madagascar, and the Giant Moa, native to New Zealand, used to boast of the largest eggs, but both have become extinct. A communal nesting place of ostriches may include up to 60 eggs, each measuring approximately 15cm in length and weighing around 1.4kg. The incubation period for these eggs is 40 days. Interestingly, in terms of weight, a single ostrich egg is equivalent to 20 – 24 chicken eggs!


Winter Pansies 

Gardening club – Well done for all the hard work put into our latest gardening session and all the effort you put in to tidy up our front garden and plant up some winter pots. The main school entrance looks so much better now!

Morrison’s Bakers Help Us Discover More About Making Bread

What makes it rise?  What is it made from?  How is it made?  How many different ways can you shape and flavour it?  So many questions to explore!  Our research helped find some of our answers and we look forward to making our own next time.

We are very grateful that staff  from Wm Morrisons Plc, Kettering found time to visit our school to help answer our numerous questions.  It was a very exciting lesson as we examined fresh dough, found out more about yeast and asked lots of questions.  We all enjoyed Ben’s bread quiz!

Proudly showing the young wheat seedlings to our very special visitors.

16kg of flour, half the amount that is used to make a big batch of dough to fill the machines.

Retelling our tale of the very hard working red hen.

There is so many flavours, shapes and textures to choose from.

Learning from the experts.

Ben’s dough before and after baking.

Enjoying the final product at last!

Here is a healthy bread recipe you can try at home…1 cup of warm water, 1.5 tablespoons of sunflower oil, 1 tablespoon of skimmed milk, 1.5 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon yeast, 3.25 cups of wholemeal bread making flour (strong).  Mix all together into a dough, allow this to rise for an hour in a warm place before baking in a hot oven, 220C/gas mileage 7,  until golden brown (approx  30 mins).

Yeast, the secret of fluffy soft bread! Learning about this amazing micro organism releasing a gas to make our bread rise is fascinating and inspires so many more questions….

Adding cups and spoons made our measurements so much easier.

Remembering the journey of wheat! Hardworking hens and farmers producing our wheat for us to eat!

Food For Thought

Year 5 got a great opportunity to learn more about the research and development of cereal products today when A food technologist came along to share his experience and work as a project manager at a local cereal company.

Inspired by the school’s recent plot of wheat and impressed by their thoughtful and imaginative ideas our visiting food technologist  asked the children if they would be keen to try and grow some ancient grains for him next Spring.  Some of these varieties of grain are so old they were found buried in the pyramids with the pharaohs, how exciting to bring these seeds to life and see how they compare to our modern crops!  We look forward to the challenge…

What is Soil?

Year 1 are really keen to learn more about soil, mud,dirt,compost, the magical material under our feet that sustains life.  Where does it come from and why is so important to compost our organic waste and look after our soil?

To help them discover more, Kirsten Grundy from the Northamptonshire waste and energy education Team was invited along to help them explore the answers to these questions.  

In a similar theme of farming, Year 6 recently discovered the importance of looking after our precious soil when Lincolnshire farmer, Heather Atkinson, modelled planet Earth using an apple! 

If planet Earth was an apple this small bite represents the proportion we depend on to grow all of our food! This made us all realise how important it is to care for our soil and research new ways to grow future food for our increasing population.

Learning about the importance of nature breaking down all the dead plants and animals to recycle nutrients back into the soil.  We discovered that it’s important not to give the worms glass, plastic, sweet wrappers, raw eggs, meat nor metal.  They do like egg shells, paper, plants, fruit and vegetables. We found out that the compost is a micro habitat for many living things including spiders, ants, worms and woodlce.  We also know that many mammals including moles, rabbits and badgers make underground tunnels and live there too. 

Kirsten examines our compost. Our Apple cores, fruit peelings and teacher’s tea bags make good compost. Don’t put in sweet wrappers though!

When we searched our school compost bin not only did we find spiders and worms sadly we found out that some plastic had been put in the bin and this was not composted.  We mustn’t forget that our African keyhole garden has a big compost basket in the middle where we can put our fruit waste into.  It will be really interesting to make compost from our waste organic materials and see the effect that this will have on our fruit and vegetables.  Will all these recycled nutients really make them grow better?  We look forward to experimenting and finding out more about what materials makes good compost for our plants.

Garden Group 1 Get Digging!

Group 1 gardening is not for the faint hearted that’s for sure.  A mountain of soil to shift didn’t faze our eager new members and great progress was made. Thank you so much for the great parent support.  There is always room for many more hands for those who enjoy lots of fresh air and exercise in the great outdoors! 

It wasn’t all hard labour as there are many advantages to starting off the club as they soon found out when our apple tree and potato pots were ready for harvesting.  Hopefully these rewards will make a tasty meal! 

Our annual potato harvest. Searching for potatoes when you are very hungry is like digging for gold!

Our potatoes have grown very well in pots this year. We discovered that the bigger pots produced bigger potatoes and we think this is because the plants grew bigger with more space. Next year we are going to grow them in our big soil sacks to see what happens.

We have many apples on our tree compared with last year.

Brambleside Dances to an African Beat

Children experienced a taste of Africa today as 2 fantastic teachers delivered drumming and dance lessons throughout the whole school.  At the end of the day another amazing assembly with an African theme amazed and entertained us all as children from Year.6 and Year 3 enjoyed demonstrating their new beats and moves!