Blind Tasting

On Thursday afternoon, we took part in blind food tasting based on foods the Maya would have eaten. Some of us were a little apprehensive about this due to the unknown. The foods we tried were avocado, chilli, lettuce, dark chocolate and tuna. As you can imagine some of these were a hit and others not so much. However, everyone gave them a try and tried to push themselves outside of their comfort zones.

Writing Speech – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

After having time to work alongside out partners to write speech, it was now time to write speech independently. We watched the video, took note of what was being said and by who before recording this in our books and punctuating it. It was lovely to see some children push themselves to green and experience with having the reporting clause at the start and end of the sentence.

DT Hook Day

What a way to end a fantastic hook week! This afternoon, we took part in our very own ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ and followed a recipe to make cookies.

While they were baking, we then started to discuss what a healthy diet was and what the different food types were. Next, came the blind tasting…which got mixed reviews. It was great to try different foods and lots of us found something that we liked that we had not tasted before. Overall, a great end to a great week!

Tuna Salad tortilla wraps and a chocolate cacao drink!

Finally, we managed to construct our tuna salad wrap which contained many popular Mayan food such as avocado, red chilli pepper, lettuce and tuna. We was super careful when using or chopping and cutting skills to cut the vegetables for the wrap. We really enjoyed our wraps, they were delicious!

We refreshed ourselves after all our hard work with a typical Mayan drink! We mixed some cacao powder with warmed milk and a dash of chilli powder to replicate the ancient Mayas recipe.

Making tasty tortillas

In expedition this afternoon, we made our own tortillas after finding out these were a staple food in the Mayan civilisation. We worked in mini crews and worked together (putting or mass and capacity knowledge to good use) and weighed all the ingredients. We rolled the dough and fried it to make the tortilla. We are going to need the tortilla in our next lesson.

Map creations of Carcroft

Today, for our final Expedition Hook Week lesson we created maps of Carcroft. First, we stained our paper using tea bags and water to make them look more like an old map! We then used pictures of some of the key locations and cut and arranged them in the style of David Hockney.

Science Hook Day

We began the day by thinking back to what we already knew about the human body. We cut out bones to create a skeleton and explored why we have a skeleton. Next, we added in the organs and recapped the digestive system to ensure our learning from last year had stuck.

After that, we completed two kahoot quizzes about the skeleton and the digestive system before moving on to what we would the focus of our case study: the circulatory system. Finally, we actually explored a real heart and watched a dissection. It was amazing to see the different chambers and blood vessels and to actually touch these.

Cacao Chocolate Drink.

Did you know that the Maya were the first people to turn beans from the cacao tree into drinking chocolate? Well, we were lucky enough to be able to sample a version of this today! We mixed some cacao powder with warmed milk and a dash of chilli powder to be able to try it for ourselves.

Ancient Maya inspired tuna salad wraps.

Did you guess what we were making? We used the popular Maya ingredients that we blind taste tested yesterday, along with the tortilla wraps we made today, to create tuna salad wraps! We worked carefully to cut and chop the ingredients we needed to add to our tuna – avocados, lettuce and chilli – and then added the ones we were comfortable trying to our freshly fried tortillas! Delicious!