Infants trip to Epping Ongar Railway

The infants (Reception to year 2) enjoyed a great day out at the Epping Ongar Railway recently as part of their topic on transport and how it has changed over time. The children we able to experience how people travelled on some of the early diesel trains as well as going on an old Routemaster bus. It was interesting to hear about how people could jump on and off the bus whilst it was moving due to the open back section – everyone agreed this wasn’t very safe! They also learned about all the areas of North Weald station including the signal box and ticket hall as well as hearing about different jobs on the railway including a train guard, driver and signalman. They climbed inside the cab of a steam engine and learnt about how it works. After all the exploring around the station we were able to sit and enjoy the view as we travelled up and down the line to Epping Forest. It was a very interesting and fun day out for everyone.

Learning about coal and how it fuels steam engines

The name of this engine is Isabel which prompted a great discussion on what we would name a train if we could.

Tickets to ride!

Juniors Victorian Trip

As part of their topic on Victorians the Juniors recently visited Braintree Museum where they discovered more about life in Victorian times. They learnt about life in the mills and  did some weaving, tried plaiting corn-dolly style and discovered how washing was done. The highlight of the day was enduring a lesson in the Victorian classroom with the school ma’am and her back straightener (for those who slouched), her dunce hat and finger stocks!

Christmas Bazaar 2018…and more!

Christmas season 2018 at TCST has now been officially inaugurated with the annual Christmas Bazaar. Parents donated items to be sold and also volunteered for gift wrapping duty. Once everything was set up and ready the youngsters were welcomed in for their Christmas shopping experience. Starting with the youngest members of the school the children came and chose presents for their families and learned the joy of giving to others. Everything cost 50p and proceeds will go to school funds. You will see in the photos some of the children helping each other to choose whilst others are helped by members of staff. This year’s event went smoothly and was enjoyed by all – a great community effort!

The school was also involved in the Christmas “Light Up” at the Jubilee Hall across the road which was a lovely village community event. TCST children were able to contribute to the enjoyment of the evening by performing three songs on the stage. We are now looking forward to our Carol Service on Friday evening as well as our end of term dramatic performances next Tuesday (infants) and Wednesday (everyone else) as we break up for the Christmas holiday. Happy Christmas everyone!

Junior trip to Colchester Zoo

The juniors recently spent a day at Colchester Zoo studying African animals as part of their topic work. We experienced an African workshop in which we discovered that giraffes communicate with one another using a low moaning noise inaudible to the human ear. We were able to hear them, amplified, during the workshop. We fed giraffes and learned that they have the same number of neck bones as humans! The brave amongst us handled a corn snake; we were fascinated by the antics of the mandrills and we discovered why Fennec foxes have big ears. All in all, a great day out.

Reception trip to Lee Valley Park Farm

On Monday 14th May Reception went on a trip to Lee Valley Park Farm. The weather was very kind to us and we had a lovely day out. We started with visiting the guinea pigs and giant rabbits which everyone thought were very cute. We were treated to a very informative and entertaining birds of prey demonstration – we were very impressed by how fast some of the birds were and by how they could catch food with their claws right in the air. We also saw meercats, reindeer and goats. We were able to get up close to a ‘fancy rat’ and a bearded dragon but we all decided to keep our distance from the Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches! We were even able to feed some lambs with a bottle and we discovered that they are very soft but also very strong. We managed to squeeze in some extra fun activities in amongst all our learning as we jumped on a huge bouncy ‘pillow’ and took a toboggan ride down a big hill – even the teachers joined in! We finished off our day out by enjoying an ice lolly before heading back to school. What a great day!

 

Geography Trip – Year 10 and 11

Year 10 and 11 geography students went to East London to see the effects of regeneration in Stratford, and to compare that with an area that has not been regenerated yet. We visited Canning Town and Stratford, including Stratford High Street, the Olympic park and Westfield.
We carried out surveys of the areas, looked at land use and found out local people’s opinions using a questionnaire.
This involved a lot of walking, travelling on the DLR and collecting data – our final stop was to have a well earned stop in Westfield for a drink of ‘bubbletea’ before catching the train home. A successful and fun day out!

 

Media Studies Jan/Feb 2017

This term the yr 6-8 have been studying Comic Strips and Cartoons as part of Media Studies. Their final task was to create a cartoon/comic strip based on a story given to them. They were required to use the skills they had learnt over the half term to design a Their version of comic. Some worked in pairs and some individually.

Junior Class Explorations Jan/Feb 2017

Year 2 and 3 are looking at Rocks this half term. They spent some time identifying and drawing different rock types, and then doing experiments with the different rocks. They went on a walk round Takeley looking for different rock types – both natural stone and man-made ‘rocks’ (see first photo).

The Juniors have been learning about British prehistory. They looked at cave paintings and made caves and drew some cave art to put in them. The second photo is of their caves and the art inside.
Moving on to the Mesolithic age the Juniors learned about Star Carr and the evidence of round-houses from post holes that have been discovered. They then built their own roundhouses using willow branches from the allotment. (See bottom photo)

Let’s Get Cooking!

20161005_145047The Infants and Juniors have all been busy in the kitchen this term exploring some seasonal produce as well as learning new skills. There has been a bounty of homegrown apples around and both groups have used them in their cooking. A big hit has been ‘Apple Dappy’, a fun recipe involving a simple pastry mixture rolled up with an apple filling and then cut into swirl buns. Both groups enjoyed making these and taking them home to share with their families. Everyone agreed they were very tasty! Baked apples were also on the menu in the Infants class and the children honed their chopping skills with this simple dish that combined the complimentary flavours of raisins and cinnamon with the apple.

Earlier in the term the Juniors had a go at making their own bread rolls. They learnt about yeast and watched their rolls grow bigger as they proved. They all felt a great sense of achievement in the end result of real tasty bread that they had made themselves.

After the half term break the Infants learnt about pumpkins. They carved them with faces and used the insides in their cooking too. They found out how this versatile vegetable can be used to make both sweet and savoury dishes and sampled some different spices that compliment it well. They made a spiced pumpkin soup as well as pumpkin passion muffins with a yummy cream cheese icing.

The Juniors have taken on a big challenge, and tried some warming autumnal flavours, in making a delicious chicken and paprika stew with herby dumplings – flavoured with the school’s own homegrown rosemary. Lots of skills were combined to create this dish as well as having to face the hurdle of the dreaded onions as some have found it harder than others to fight back the tears!

Skills in peeling, chopping, grating, weighing, measuring, mixing, sieving, kneading, frying, stirring and rolling have all come together to create these culinary treats this term. It’s been wonderful to hear some of the pupils asking for the recipes to try at home and we hope that this is the first step towards being able to produce nutritious meals for themselves and their families.
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