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We were delighted to find out that it was Victorian Week in the Great British Bake Off, so while half the class was busy reaching the finals of the Children's World Cup tag rugby tournament, the rest of us decided to have a try at some Victorian baking.

In the morning we started to prepare the filling for our game pie. We used turkey, duck, partridge, venison and bacon. Lots of the children had never cut meat before so they were surprised to find the texture of raw meat was very different to cooked meat.

At lunchtime Poppy, Gabriel, Oliver, Grace and Evie-Mae helped to grate the zest of an orange, squeeze the orange, chop two red onions and a punnet of chestnut mushrooms. We added these to the cooked meat and waited for the onion to soften.

Molly cut some nice pastry shapes from our (shop bought!) puff pastry and Maya egg washed it so that it would be shiny and golden when cooked.

It was finished by mid afternoon and apart from a tiny soggy bit of pastry was perfect - we were very proud of ourselves.

We also made some lemon buns - flour, milk, egg, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and caraway seeds went into the mixture. They were served with  sprinkle of sugar on top.

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On Wednesday Owls class visited the Masjid E Noor Mosque in Gloucester. When we arrived, we were asked to remove our shoes (part of the respect for entering the mosque). We were then given a short talk on Islam and were amazed by some of the huge Mosques there are in the world. One, in Saudi Arabia, is as big as 40 football stadiums and can hold millions of people. We then visited the wash rooms where Muslims must go before they touch the Qu'ran. The children asked some excellent and interesting questions and the mosque guide was very happy to share their practices.

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In the afternoon we visited Skillzone , an indoor village complete with roads, a train, shops and a house. All of these were used to demonstrate dangerous situations to the children and how to stay safe.  It was fun for the children but they also learnt some very important lessons in how to deal with dangerous situations. 
 
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Kingfishers have really enjoyed reading the story of 'SIr Charlie Stinkysocks & the Really Big Adventure' this week and they have thought of lots of exciting adjectives to describe the story characters and setting. They were also delighted to receive a box of information books from the library all about castles and have thought of lots of questions they would like to find answers to, including: Why did knights live in castles? Why did they need horses? Why did they have battles? What were the toilets like? Where did they have a bath? Did little knights go to school?

In Owls we launched our topic on the Stone, Iron and Bronze Ages by looking at timelines of the earth and where we fitted in. We were amazed to learn that if the whole history of Earth was squeezed into a single, 24 hour day, it would be 9:52pm before the first land plants emerged, 10:56pm before dinosaurs roamed Earth and, incredibly, there would only be just over a minute to go before the first humans appeared!!! 

The Eagles worked together to make the Crystal Palace this week. They constructed tetrahedra for the bases and tripods for the pillars. These supported a barrel roof which was the main feature of the Crystal Palace.

We found out that there was a problem with sparrows inside the original building and they pooed all over Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington! So sparrowhawks were introduced and all the sparrows were eaten.

Crystal Palace was built in 1851 and designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It burned down in 1936. The invention of the cast plate glass method in 1848 meant it was the largest amount of glass ever seen in a building and astonished visitors with its clear walls and ceilings that did not require interior lights, thus a "Crystal Palace"

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