The First Great Lesson
The 3B Otters class participated in ‘The First Great Lesson’ last week. It is part of the Montessori Cosmic Curriculum, the story of the coming of the universe.
The students spent the whole afternoon working their way through experiments that explored temperature, states of matter and how volcanoes work.
Quotes from the students:-
“It was satisfying and amazing” Dean
“I put my hand in freezing cold ice. It was awesome” Hunter
“Can we keep the classroom like this?” Jalyn
Food from the Past
Recently, the Otters were treated to a delicious traditional Ancient Egyptian recipe. 3B students have been researching how ancient civilisations met their fundamental needs. Lily Pilly researched Ancient Egypt and decided to bake a honey cake for the Otters to try as this is something that the ancient Egyptians may have enjoyed. She was surprised at just how much honey was in the recipe and how difficult it was to get the honey out of the jar. Lily said that it was fun to cook and a little bit tricky. The recipe had a honey icing glaze that was drizzled over the cake when it was still warm.
Some of the adjectives used to describe the Egyptian Honey Cake were: delicious, sticky, rich, honeyful, honeyish and sweet. One student said it tasted like honeyjoys.
Here is copy of the recipe in case you want to try it at your place:
For the cake
- 170g clear honey
- 140g butter
- 85g light muscovado sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 200g self-raising flour, sieved
For the icing
- Preheat oven to 180oC.
- Grease and line the bottom of an 18cm cake tin.
- Place the honey, butter and sugar in a large pan.
- Add a tablespoon of water and heat gently until melted.
- Remove from the heat and mix in the beaten eggs and sifted flour.
- Spoon into the cake tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until the cake is springy to the touch and shrinking slightly from the sides of the tin.
- Cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack.
- While the cake is still warm, make the icing by mixing the sugar and honey together with 2-3 teaspoons of hot water. Trickle over the cake in whatever design takes your fancy.
Ancient Civilisations and The Long Black Strip
This term, the Otters will be exploring ancient civilisations. To begin this work, it is important that the students acquire an understanding about how long humans have lived on the Earth. The Otters were amazed at the Montessori story of the Long Black Strip, which helps to illustrate just how much time has passed since the formation of the Earth and how little of that time humans have inhabited the Earth. The strip itself is a whopping 46 metres long and students calculated that one centimetre of the black strip was equivalent to 1 million years! There is a tiny white strip at the very end – the time that humans have been around. It is a wondrous thing to comprehend and many students were astounded by just how tiny the white strip was compared to the length of the black strip.