Building Nests

  

In horticulture, years 3 to 5 were challenged to build a bird’ s nest. They gathered their materials and the two teams then faced many challenges as they explored the task. They considered and overcame issues such as stability, structure, lack of materials and other “birds” stealing their materials! It was great fun and they ended up respecting the ingenuity of the birds.

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.

Wandlebury Iron Age Fort

The Juniors went to Wandlebury Iron age fort on Wednesday as part of their project on the iron age. The day was led by staff at the centre. The children were taught for a short while in the classroom.

They then had the opportunity to make bread, which they then cooked on sticks over an open fire and ate them for their snack. They were shown how iron age people would have had to thresh, winnow and grind corn on a quernstone.

  
The children had a very educational tour of the site showing the hill, ring ditch and the way people lived.

The children had lunch in the sunshine and then had a go at weaving with willow twigs, they saw a  partial reconstruction of a round house, which they enjoyed playing in. They had fun practising their skills with a sling shot and tennis ball before having their faces painted like warriors with blue ‘woad’.

Bronze Age Ramble

In 1948 Bronze Age axes were found here on the Harcamlow Way trail which runs past our school. It is one of our favourite walks into country. It was cold but fun and the Year 2s joined us for the first time.

As we walked we asked the question, “Why here?”

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Having been warriors right in the hollow the axes were found, what better than playing in a ditch.

The tradition was renewed of naming this area rabbit city. We’ve been doing this for nearly 30 years now!

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)

November Nature Walk

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A week of wild weather gave us a fresh and sunny day for our November Nature Walk!

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We set of down the Flitch Way towards Hatfield Forest and made our way back past the airport balance pools. The Flitch Way runs along an old railway line.

What did we learn! We saw the winter crops in the fields and spotted Old Man’s Beard. We also compared the smoothness of Ash bark to that of Oak. Oak trees line the old railway line. For those new to the walk we looked at the Stane Street Halt.

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We talked in detail about sewage, saw the processing plants and wondered at the clarity of the water in the old faithful Pincey Brook.

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Friday Afternoons

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Each Friday afternoon the Juniors usually find themselves outdoors enjoying the gardens and looking at nature.

20160909_143941It’s a real pleasure to grow and harvest our own food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also look after some chickens. One of the jobs we have to do each year is to clip the chickens’ wings.

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One of the things we also do is each week we record the weather. So, since last Friday we have had a maximum temperature of 15 degrees and a minimum of 3. It was 6 degrees to day with a light South Westerly wind.

 

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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