Infants’ Science Morning

Reception

Once upon a time, in a school below a Castle, there were Three Bears, Goldilocks, A Reception Class, Porridge and a Science Lesson.

Many of the Reception Children’s activities have involved porridge oats this week. They have used tools to move and observe both porridge oats and bowls of warm and cold porridge.

Our budding Scientists carried out a science investigation by making porridge from oats and milk. They looked at changes of state during the cooking process and in a highly scientific move tasted the porridge when the temperature was “just right”.

The children not only used their sense of taste with the porridge, they also used their sense of touch. The children touched the porridge and came up with some wonderful describing words for their word wall. Squidgy, lumpy, sticky, wobbly, bumpy, smooth, smudgy, squishy, wriggly.

Learning lots about traditional tales they continued their work exploring the story in the writing corner. Some children even decided to write letters to the three bears to apologise for breaking into their house, eating the porridge and breaking the chair.

There was also talk about the Gingerbread man but nothing could be confirmed because he ran, ran fast as he could and we couldn’t catch up with him.

Year 1 & 2

The bright lights and big city beckoned Year 1 & 2. However when the lights weren’t as bright as they are today and the streets were paved with gold a young man named Dick decided he would travel to London. Dick Whittington was determined that he would go there and dig up enough gold from the streets to make his fortune. Year 1 & 2 know the story of the poor young boy who with his cat, some kindness and the need to help all the people around him became the Mayor of London three times.

They are also learning about the history of London and what happened in The Great Fire in 1666. The fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane and the infants made some bread as part of a science lesson and changes of states. We can happily report that when baking the bread The Great Fire of London was not recreated and no bread was burnt in the course of the science lesson.

The class discussed what ingredients they needed and observed the reaction between yeast, water and sugar, they recorded it and witnessed the bread proving. After that they investigated how long it takes bread to bake.

A discussion followed about what the bread would look like if it had been baked for too long. They took a bread roll out of the oven every 5 mins with the final rolls being cooked for 30 minutes.

To conclude the experiment the children taste tasted their experiment and determined it was good.

We are happy to report that they all lived happily ever after with tummies full of porridge and bread!

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