It has been a busy week in the school garden. The children have cleared the vegetable beds and turned over the soil ready for the seedlings that we are growing in the classroom. We have also set a couple of rows of potatoes.
The children were busy in the kitchen this week making chocolate and beetroot brownies. We harvested the organically grown beetroot from our school garden recently and Jessica from the Heritage Council helped the children with this delicious recipe. It was also the perfect opportunity to develop practical maths skills.
Fifth and sixth class made delicious pumpkin soup and brown bread today.
Preparation Time: 15-30 minutes.
750g pumpkin, diced
250 g potatoes, diced
3 medium onions, diced
3 chicken stock cubes, crumbled
250 ml thickened cream
1. Place all ingredients, except cream in a large saucepan.
2. Simmer until vegetables are tender.
3. Remove from the heat.
4. Blend with a stick blender until smooth.
5. Add cream and stir through (do not boil after adding cream).
6. Season to taste.
We discovered some fascinating Freshwater Mini Beasts living in our local stream. Our finds included The Greater Water Boatman, The Lesser Water Boatman, Worms, Freshwater Snails, Shrimps, Leeches, Damselfly Larvae and a dangerous looking but harmless Water Scorpion. Stephanie from the Heritage Council explained the life-cycles of these Freshwater Mini-Beasts and how unpolluted freshwater is vitally important as a habitat for these creatures. The children in the Junior Room were delighted to view and hear about our finds as the children from the Senior Room explained what they had discovered.
Today we visited out local stream to explore the habitat. Stephanie from the Heritage Council helped us to discover the many fascinating creatures that live in our streams. The children were delighted to learn about the identification chart that allowed them to identify the creatures they found (and returned safely) their life cycles and the importance of a clean habitat for biodiversity.
Lots more photos below
It was a busy time in the kitchen as the children washed and chopped our crop of vegetables to make a large pot of delicious soup.