Category: Pipits

Jubilee Curry Workshop

The Amazing Mina from Kilmington’s Khushi Kitchen

The amazing Mina from Kilmington’s Khushi kitchen came and helped the children learn to make their own special Jubilee curry and mini chapattis so we could have a feast just like Mrs Kapoor in our core book Chapatti Moon. The children helped to chop vegetables, grate ginger, pound spices, tear coriander, spoon coconut milk and they listened as the vegetables sizzled. They smelt the spices and the garlic. Mina then showed them how to make chapatti dough and the children rolled their own mini chapattis. The chapattis were cooked in a hot pan and then we all shared the curry and breads.

Some children were initially worried about trying something new. But once the food was served all the children enjoyed eating chapattis and most liked spooning the delicious curry on to their chapatti and eating it. Some really loved the curry and kept remarking ‘I really like it!’

Mina was a fabulous teacher for the morning and we were very grateful to her for offering her time. Now the children really understand the story of chapatti moon as they too have shared curry and chapattis with friends.

A feast just like Mrs Kapoor in our core book Chapatti Moon

Floating & Sinking

Last term we explored floating and sinking so that we could make a boat to save the Gingerbread man. Each child chose a material they thought would float and one that would sink. We had lots of interesting conversations about trays with holes in that they thought would sink. They tested their materials in some water adding a person to test how well it would work for a boat. Great work Pipits!

Save the Gingerbread Man!

The children received a message from the Gingerbread man asking them to help him.
Some of the children decided to make boats out of paper. Mrs Brogan found some instructions and modelled how to follow the steps. Once the boats were made we tested them with a gingerbread girl but they all got wet and sunk. So we are going to have a think about what materials we can use to make a boat that floats.

Bring Your Wheels to School Day

As part of our topic on transport we had a ‘bring your wheels to school day’. Lots of children brought bikes, scooters, toy cars and roller skates and we enjoyed exploring different ways of getting about.


How do I get about?

Our big question last term was ‘How do I get about?’ and we have been learning lots about different ways of travelling.

As part of this topic we went on a ‘Try the train trip’ which was kindly supported by South Western Railway. We travelled with a community ambassador to Sherborne and visited Sherborne Abbey which is marvellous. The children were very excited to travel by train and it brought their learning to life.


Making Lanterns

We made our lanterns using thin card. The children drew or shaded with coloured crayons and then they painted the card with oil to make it more translucent.


Making a Dark Den

As part of our topic on day and night we have been exploring the dark. One of our projects was to make a dark den. The children knew that to make their den dark they needed to keep out the light. Some of the children collaborated for a long time to create their own dark den using fabric and pegs. However, it was difficult to block out the light. We then turned the story boat into a dark den and shared a book by torchlight. Since then, the children have enjoyed playing with torches in the dark den, exploring their shadows and the excitement of the dark.


Light Magic & Shadow Art

We have been exploring light and shadow in science and art. The children used objects of an overhead projector to create interesting patterns of colour and shadow. They were especially curious to see how they could change the pattern by moving the objects.

Lantern Walk

The children were so excited to go for a lantern walk. They learnt a special lantern song and made their own lanterns. In Pipit class we have been learning about how the earth’s rotation creates day and night. In the day time we practiced our lantern walk and observed the sun in the sky. Our lantern walk started at dusk and we stopped to look at where the sun had been in the day and we saw the colours of sunset and the first stars in the sky.

Thank you to all the families who came and joined us it was a marvellous way to deepen the children’s learning and to celebrate the coming of the winter.



Homes in the Past

We have been learning about homes in the past and we have looked at an old typewriter and telephone. They have been very keen to explore them and understand how they work.

It was hard for them to imagine a world with no mobile phones, computers or internet.

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