Year 3’s busy term has included an exciting quilting project, run by Killerton House, which also involved learning a lot about apples. The children’s joint harvest performance with year 4 was entitled the Great Broadclyst Bake Off, and they’ve have fun writing newspaper reports of a dragon sighting on the school field!
Killerton Quilting Project
The month-long quilting project run by Killerton House taught the children a range of techniques including printing, sewing and transfers, and they each produced a piece based on a harvest theme. Their work was of a very high standard, which impressed the Killerton volunteers, and was displayed alongside work from other schools at the Killerton Apple and Cider Festival in October. It is now hanging proudly in the classroom. The children loved taking part, and we are hoping that the school will be asked to participate again next year.
Trip to Killerton Orchards
As part of the quilting project, the children visited Killerton orchards to learn about harvest time, different types of apples and their uses, and how apple juice is made. They picked apples, tried using the machinery used to press them and tasted apple juice.
They also saw the beehives in the orchards, and learned about how important bees are for the trees.
The annual harvest performance by years 3 and 4 was the first in the new school hall. Entitled The Great Broadclyst Bake Off, it followed the story of bread production from seed to loaf. As well as a range of songs and dances, the performance included video footage of life at a mill (produced in the studio) and the judging - by ‘Mary’ and ‘Paul’ - of bread baked by the children! Preparation for the performance involved trips to Clyston Mill to see how wheat is turned into flour, and to a Tesco bakery to watch the flour being made into bread.
The year 3 children have this term written newspaper articles about a ‘dragon sighting’ on the school field. The articles were about a wizard called Angus who was visiting, and was followed from Scotland by his dragon. The children Skyped with Angus to ask him questions about the dragon, and wrote articles to inform the residents of Broadclyst that the dragon had not been captured so they needed to be on the lookout for her. They also wrote ‘Wanted’ descriptions so that residents knew what the dragon looked like.
No further sightings of the dragon have been reported, but be aware – and call the Battersea Dragons’ Home if you see her!