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Aquisition of knowledge and skills

Traditional Greek Cusine

Year 4 pupils have been investigating Greek cuisine, including the foods traditionally grown, reared and produced in Greece. In additon, pupils have been researching a range of tradional Greek dishes, focusing on Souvlaki kebabs, Tzatziki dressing, traditional Greek salads and pitta breads. 

As part of their research, pupils also taste tested a range of ingredients used to make tradional Greek dishes to find out: which ingredients they did and didn't like; what combination of ingredients would be included in their finished dishes; and the food preparation and cooking skills needs to make each of the dishes to be included in their celebration meals.


'I didn't know anything about Greek foods, but now I know more about tradional Greek dishes and the healthy ingredients used to make them.' - Riley K


'Taste testing all the different ingredients helped me to decide which foods to include in my dishes. I really liked the Tzatziki because it tased nice with the lamb and chicken and also the other salad ingredients.' Lilly D

Fantasy Torches - Contextual knowledge and skills

As part of their Fantasy Torches design project, Year 4 have been learning about the invention of the torch (or 'flashlight', as they was originally called), the different practical ways in which torches are used and the impact this important invention has had on the modern world. 

Children aslo investigated torch designs of the past and present and where surprised to discover that even though advances in technology have led to improvements in the efficiency, effectiveness and the design of torches, modern torches work in basically the same way as Liverpool born, David Misell’s original 1899 design.

In addition, children explored a range of different torches to find out how they were made and how they work. Using their knowledge of electricity, learnt in Science, children were able to identify the electrical components used to make a torch and drew their own annotated diagrams to show how the electrical circuit in a torch works.


'I really enjoyed taking the different torches apart to see how they work!' - Harry M


'I drew an annotated diagram to show how to make an electrical torch circuit with a switch to turn it on and off.' - Joe G