The children all made a great start after half term and seemed excited to return to school. As a Church school we don't do anything about Halloween but as we try to follow the children's interests we focused the children's learning around pumpkins.
On Monday morning suddenly lots of pumpkins appeared in the reception garden and around our playground - the children went on a hunt to find them. We had a good look at them and started to put them in order of size. It was tricky to decide which was bigger with some of them, so the children weighed them to find out. As they are quite big we made our own balance scales with coat hangers and baskets - but pumpkins can be heavy - we broke several hangers!
We've used the pumpkins for lots of cooking this week. First of all we cut a pumpkin open to look inside - the children scraped out the seeds to make toasted pumpkins seeds. They had to wash the pulp off the seeds, then rinse them and dry them. We sprinkled them with sugar and cinnamon - it smelt delicious! One of the children thought the cinnamon smelt like biscuits. The children then wondered what's inside the seeds? We ate them outside in the sunshine!