Back at McSt Philip’s

Yesterday Mrs Sanchez welcomed a new group of children to McSt Philip’s, where we went vegetarian for the day. The children made delicious chickpea and coriander burgers, which many tried new ingredients for the first time.

Mr Joy even joined us for a quick bite!

If you would like to make this at home then here is the recipe…

Chickpea and coriander burgers


400g can chickpeas, drained zest 1 lemon, plus juice ½ 1 tsp ground cumin small bunch coriander, chopped 1 egg 100g fresh breadcrumbs 1 medium red onion, ½ diced, ½ sliced 1 tbsp olive oil 4 small wholemeal buns 1 large tomato, sliced, ½ cucumber, sliced and chilli sauce, to serve.


  1. In a food processor, whizz the chickpeas, lemon zest, lemon juice, cumin, half the coriander, the egg and some seasoning. Scrape into a bowl and mix with 80g of the breadcrumbs and the diced onions. Form 4 burgers, press remaining breadcrumbs onto both sides and chill for at least 10 mins.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot. Fry the burgers for 4 mins each side, keeping the heat on medium so they don’t burn. To serve, slice each bun and fill with a slice of tomato, a burger, a few red onion slices, some cucumber slices, a dollop of chilli sauce and the remaining coriander.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy! If you do choose to make these, take some pictures and send them in. We can post them on the blog.

Creating Bar Charts

This week in maths we have been exploring and interpreting bar charts. Yesterday the class worked in groups of four to create their own bar charts that showed the children’s…

  • eye colour
  • favourite way to travel to school
  • favourite hobby
  • shoe size
  • favourite subject at school

First, we had to create the criteria for the class to select from, then we collected the data using tally charts before drawing our charts and plotting the data. All the children were able to produce a clear bar chart but we learned lots about using an even scale and a ruler to help keep the chart accurate and easy to read.

After the children had drawn their bar chart, they we able to create questions to help interpret and understand the data.

For example…

  • Which eye colour was the most common?
  • How many more children liked walking that cycling to school?
  • Which was the least common shoe size?

Welcome to McSt Philip’s

This week it has been our turn to use the cooking room, which we have turned into a temporary burger bar called McSt Philip’s. Can you guess what we have been cooking?

You guessed it, homemade and healthy burgers!

We used fresh turkey mince, with low levels of saturated fat, as well as onions and apricots to pack in the flavour. We even made our own wholemeal burger buns!

Hawk class thought:

  • Isaac liked the taste of the burger buns
  • Ollie found the chopping hard because the onions made his eyes water however he enjoyed the kneading of the bread and love the taste!
  • Violet enjoyed kneading the bread because she found it fun
  • Oliver loooooved the bread!
  • Poppy loved the taste of the burger and really liked kneading the bread
  • Ben liked chopping the onion because he found it quite funny when he had to keep looking away

Tomorrow McSt Philips will be going vegetarian and making a chickpea and coriander burger. I can’t wait to see how they taste!

Hawk Challenge You!

In Maths, Hawk Class have been learning how to understand, solve and create challenging mathematical word problems using the addition and subtraction operations.

This morning, the class created challenging word problems for you to solve during EMU time. Can you solve them? Please post your answers as comments and have fun!

  1. What is the total of 9672 and 8948?

By Ben

2. What is the difference between 509 and 888?

By Louis

3. Emily has 26 sweets and Maya has 74 sweets. What is the total of them?

By Emily

4. Ollie has 69 robots and Owen has 67 Robots. What is the total these?

By Ollie

5. Elsie has 39 sweets and Mark has 27. How many are their altogether?

By Sian

6. Geoff has 52 teddies and Bob has 184. What is the sum of Geoff and Bob’s                            teddies?

By Willis

The Skipping Challenge

Yesterday, Hawk Class were asked to complete The Skipping Challenge, a tough test of stamina, perseverance and determination. They had to complete against Kestrel Class counting the number of skips they could manage in 60 seconds.

What amazed me was the amount the class improved within the hour session. At the beginning many children could only manage 10-20 skips and by the end of the session children doubled and tripled this. It just shows that if you are determined and word hard you will improve.

Well done Hawk Class!

Our bullying workshop

The word bullying is a very strong and serious one.Therefore in Hawk Class, we held a special workshop to help children understand the meaning of the word and what to do if it was happening to them or someone they knew.

We had some really deep and thoughtful discussions  and Mrs Norgan was impressed with how mature Hawk Class were.

Well done!

Creating Stone Age Jewellery

In Hawk Class, we have been completely inspired by The Stone Age and their amazing jewellery. Cave men and woman often wore beautiful jewellery decorated with teeth and clay. This would show off their latest hunt of help them to remember their loved ones.

As you can see below, Hawk Class had a great time creating their own necklaces and bracelets. However, unlike the people of The Stone Age we did not use real teeth. Instead we sculpted modelling clay and naturally coloured wool.

We can’t wait to show you the finished result!