Elm Class 2020-2021
The Normans - Spring 1
Plague, Pox and Antibiotics - Autumn 2
Bread making WOW-Out
As part of our Topic this term, and also linked to the Science we have been learning about, we made bread. Bread has been a s5taple part of humans' diet for hundreds of thousands of years and as our topic has been looking at illness and medicine through the ages, it seemed fitting to investigate this ageless classic.
First, we tasted different breads that are currently on the market and saw how bread is mass-produced. Next, we thought about what ingredients would have been available to people in Tudor times (where our Topic started), to see what we could add to our dough to make it more appealing. Finally, we each made and shaped bread dough, adding in an extra ingredient or two.
Once the bread had baked, we tasted and evaluated what we had produced - MOST of the class really enjoyed their bread!
The discovery of Penicillin
As part of our Topic investigation into how medicines have advanced through the ages, we found out about Alexander Flemming and his discovery of penicillin - a mould based medicine which destroys many different bacteria.
In groups, pupils were asked to perform a freeze to show which point in the discovery timeline they felt was the most significant to the production of the medicine that we know and use today.
Plague Pox and Antibiotics Wow-In
To kick-off our new Topic, Elm class took part in a carousel of activities to explore Tudor medicine, the weird and wonderful remedies used and 'medical' roles that were undertaken by society at the time. Pupils had the opportunity to:
- Make a Plague Doctor mask
- Create natural 'healing positions' like the Apothecaries at the time
- Research remedies and useful information like Monks
- Use picture sources to explore Barber Surgeon tools
- Investigate the healing properties of herbs that Herbwives prescribed