We went to Letheringsett Watermill to have a look at how flour is made. We saw the different cogs which move the stones and through the glass we could see the watermill moving too.
There were some scales which are used to weigh the bags of flour. The lady showed us the flour they were making and the shoot it comes down to go into the bags. The day we went they were making whole wheat flour which felt courser than white flour as it used all of the grain.
The stones are used to crush the grains and they have a different gap depending on the different flours they make. They are closer together to make finer flours. The lady then showed us some stones which had been used before. They were very ground down.
The flour they make in this mill is sold in the mill shop and also in local shops around the county.
It was a very interesting day.
We live on a farming estate and therefore there are lots of lovely resources we can look at, find or use. This time of year is good for wild fruits such as blackberries and elderberries. We thought we’d make some jam. I had never made any so it was experience for all of us.
First we picked some blackberries. Anna proceeded to eat them as she picked but we still managed to collect plenty. We soaked them overnight in water and ice and a bit of salt to kill off any bugs.
Today we rinsed and put them in the blender and then added jam sugar. Next we put it on the hob to melt the sugar. When the sugar had melted we added some butter and let that melt.
When the butter had melted, we brought it to boiling and let it boil for 4 minutes.
We put it in some jars to cool down.
Then we had some on tiger loaf for lunch.
The verdict was, it was easy to make and delicious to eat.
Whenever I have uncooperative children, my go to thing to do is a nature walk. This weeks nature walk was about honey bees while they were busy collecting nectar. It was a gorgeous day so I ran this topic by the girls. Elsa didn’t really want to come but reluctantly agreed, and while Anna skipped off down the road spotting flowers, butterflies and bees Elsa dragged her heels a bit. We talked about whether she knew the differences between a bumble bee and a honey bee, she did and I could see her becoming more interested in what we were discussing. It didn’t take her long to spot a honey bee and we were able to look closely at what she was doing.
They really are fascinating, they flit from one flower to another so quickly (so getting a photograph was near on impossible). As we continued we saw lots of them all busily doing their job. When we got home we watched a video about how honey is collected by the beekeeper, then the girls wrote in their nature books.
We made honey cookies (recipe 40 here), which tasted lovely, but we did have to add twice as much flour as we wouldn’t have been able to roll out the dough otherwise). The girls loved doing this 🙂
The next day I asked Elsa if she’d like to do a comic strip about how the honey bee makes honey. She said yes she’d love to as she’d really enjoyed this mini topic. So she searched for information on the honey bee and then got to it. The final result is really great.
Thank goodness she enjoyed it 🙂
Our recent topic is Romans and we have done a variety of subjects on it including Boudicca, mosaics, Hadrian’s Wall and Gods.
To find out about Roman buildings we went to Burgh Castle. Mummy made a field trip sheet to fill in, but Anna didn’t do it so Nanny did it for her.
The sheet asked us to see what it was made of and I thought it was made of stone, clay, brick and flint.
I took some pictures of the layers in the wall.
Next we had to look for the bastions. A bastion is there to help defend the castle. We saw 6 bastions but there would have been more.
These are my pictures of the different bastions we could see.
These are holes in the walls where the bricks have fallen out and they are not supposed to be there. You could see a bastion through one of the holes. Can you see which one?
I think this hole might be something to hold a roof up with a wood pillar. There were 7 and they were square so looked like they should be there.
These walls have either fallen down or are wonky.
We learnt a lot and had fun exploring!
This time of year it’s hard to get the girls to go outside as the weather is cold and unpredictable, with it raining one minute, sleeting the next and sunny the next.
I thought we’d go on a scavenger hunt around where we live which is a beautiful spot in the English countryside. But instead of coming home with stones, feathers and leaves, they would take photos.
So I created a photo scavenger hunt sheet and each armed with a camera off we went.
This was fun as it got the girls looking at their surrounding as we wondered home from our local village.
Elsa has a camera, which she takes with her everywhere. Sometimes she remembers to take photographs and other times she doesn’t.
To encourage her to look at her surroundings and to remind her to take pictures, I set her a challenge.
By the end of our home school year could we each have a set of alphabet photographs taken of items we see while we are out. They can be of anything but it has to look like a letter of the alphabet.
This little challenge seems to be working as these are what she has found so far.
E H I
L O R
V W X
I think she’s doing ok :).