Despite the Bank Holiday on Monday, we have still managed to pack a lot into our week in Birch! On Tuesday, we were very lucky to have the opportunity to go to Windsor Girls School to do some cooking. We made flatbread, and we were particularly fascinated by the way that the dough changed as we kneaded it. We would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Wigmore at Windsor Girls, who volunteered her time and expertise, and to Mrs Manwaring, who initiated this opportunity. If you would like to make some more flatbreads at home, here is the recipe that we used. It will make around three pitta-bread sized flat breads:
110g plain flour
¼ tsp salt
50ml warm water
1 teaspoon oil (olive, sunflower or vegetable)
Heat the oven to 210˚.
Place the flour and salt in a large bowl and trickle on the water bit by bit.
Mix the water and flour together.
Add the oil and knead the dough - you are aiming for a soft dough. If it is too sticky add a little more flour, if it is too dry, add a small drop of water.
Knead the dough for five minutes – push the dough with your knuckles so it is mixed well.
Divide the dough into three equal balls.
On a clean surface, roll each ball of dough one at a time using a rolling pin. If you pick up and move round the flatbread often you know it hasn’t stuck. (You may need to sprinkle a little flour on the surface but only use a little - too much will dry out the dough.) Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect circles!
Finally place them onto a tray and bake them at 210˚ for 10- 15 minutes.
Of course, no cooking is complete without a round of washing up at the end, and you will be pleased to hear that we were extremely thorough with our clearing up, and that the adults were complimentary about our skills in this area! Here’s a photo to show us clearing away:
In English, we have continued to explore the books that have been nominated for this year’s Kate Greenaway Award, focussing particularly on Rules of Summer by Shaun Tam. It is possible to interpret this book in lots of different ways, which has provided us with fantastic opportunities to develop justifications to our answers. We started by looking at the first page and predicting what might happen next. As you can probably imagine from the picture below, the range of reasonable suggestions was huge!
Although we will not be sending homework sheets home this week, please remember to keep on practising your times tables, particularly division facts, to read together, and to look at the spelling words that we have sent home.