Monthly Archives: December 2016

From Flowers to Flours

As Spring is fast approaching we are looking forward to exploring arable farming with the ‘Little Red Hen’ again.  This year we hope to grow seeds from long ago and from land further afield.  Watching the weather, monitoring it with the automatic weather station and measuring the temperature of the soil with our new data loggers will hopefully help guide us in our quest to germinate these exotic grains! 

Year 1 are so full of interest for bread making with so many of them exploring their own inventions at home.  Stories of their experiences making rainbow bread, reindeer bread and even turtle bread was very inspiring.  We can’t wait to try out some of their recipes after the holiday!

Our first weather graphs. All the data can be exported into Excel where we can have fun making interesting looking charts!

Meanwhile we enjoyed learning about flour in other countries and discovered that tortillas are traditionally made from flour made from milled sweet corn (maize).  We observed our own sweet run cobs that are still standing in our garden and look forward to sowing these seeds for growing more corn next year.  We wonder if they can be milled and make tortillas?  

From the plant to the finished product. How many changes has the grain gone through. Year 1 thought hard and discussed the journey of the grain.

It was interesting to research the different grains over the world and how this influences the bread products that are eaten!

If Birds Didn’t Use Sticks…

…what would they use for making nests?  Year 2 have been putting our new data loggers to good use to investigate the insulation of different materials suitable for bird nests!  Which material loses the least heat?

To do this we decided that a bottle of warm water would be a good way of representing the bird and wrapped it up in different materials. We were very patient and worked well in our teams to measure the temperature every 5 minutes.  We enjoyed learning a new skill to represent our table of results in a more a visual way.  It was fun learning to sort our measurements of heat loss into a bar chart and compare the different materials to answer our questions about suitable insulating materials.  Here’s what we discovered ..