Personal challenge was the aim of the Eagles' residential at Kingswood this year. The children set their own targets for each activity and did their best to achieve it. They had a fantastic time climbing, zooming down the zipwire, doing their best Robin Hood impressions in archery and much more! It was great to see the children working together as a team and learning different ways to communicate and to listen to each other.

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The Great Eagles Bake Off

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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Crystal Palace

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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Victorian Day

Eagles class looked fabulous on their first day back at school - they and their parents obviously worked very hard to get their costumes looking so good. There was a good mixture of rich and poor children, plus Jack the Ripper!

The boys and girls lined up separately and sat apart in class. They tried using chalk to write with but it was very frustrating as it smudged so easily. Then the children had a go at 'curly' Victorian handwriting. There was a very impressive standard so I am looking forward to seeing their lovely neat work this year! Maths involved lots of chanting of times tables - Mr Major made sure EVERYBODY joined in - any slackers faced the dunce's hat! Mrs Holt accidentally made it a bit too big and we all had a non-Victorian giggle when it slipped right over Polly and Grace's heads! We then learned about Victorian money - guineas, crowns, farthings, shillings etc and tried solving problems. It was much trickier than our decimalised system!

The afternoon brought two new songs - 'A Ship Sailed From China' and 'An Austrian Went Yodelling'. We also skipped, hula hooped and hopscotched.

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