Pumpkin Soup and Brown Bread

Fifth and sixth class made delicious pumpkin soup and brown bread today.

Pumpkin Soup
Serves 6
Preparation Time: 15-30 minutes.

Ingredients
750g pumpkin, diced
250 g potatoes, diced
3 medium onions, diced
3 chicken stock cubes, crumbled
840ml water
250 ml thickened cream
Salt
Pepper

Method
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.

Freshwater Mini Beasts

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.

Visiting our Local Stream

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

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Harvest Time

We harvested a wonderful crop of organic squashes, courgettes, carrots, turnips, onions, garlic, beetroot, potatoes and peas and we learned some important lessons about locally-grown, organic produce. Some of our vegetables did better than others – our beetroot was hugely successful but most of our potato crop was lost to wire-worm. We managed to produce beautiful turnips but our fine crop of carrots must have been some of the ugliest looking veg ever produced. In our second year of trying we have finally grown two handsome pumpkins and we had a fantastic crop of squashes but our pea crop was quite poor. So what did we learn?

When growing organically a wide selection of fruit and veg is preferable and ugly is beautiful! A third of commercially produced vegetables are discarded because they are not “perfect enough” for the supermarkets and the food/kilometers for most commercial fruit and veg is unsustainable. Everyone should Buy Local and Buy Ugly.

Look at what we found!

While we were away over the summer Mother Nature has been very busy – helped by Cassie (Kimi and Levi’s Mum) and her watering can. We were delighted to find our pumpkin seeds had produced these beautiful pumpkins. Our efforts to grow pumpkins last year were unsuccessful – the slugs won! so we are really looking forward to harvesting these pumpkins at Hallowe’en.

 

Hyacinths

Each classroom observed hyacinths growing since last October. The glass vase allowed us to view the roots growing.
We were delighted to see some bulbs beginning to bloom today.
We look forward to our outdoor bulbs (daffodils and tulips) blooming in the near future.

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