Festive fun for the year 5, 6, 7 and 8 girls who have worked really hard this term.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Year 8 spent the morning burning food to calculate the energy content. We found that a piece of rice cake had far less energy in than the packet said! We think this is because are experiment wasn’t that accurate and lots of the energy was lost as heat in the surrounding air. It was fun though, we filled the lab with cooking smells (and burning smells) just before lunch.
Next lesson we tested food to see if it starch in in. We used iodine, which turns starch black. We all guessed there would be starch in rice and bread, but some students were surprised to find starch in carrot and cucumber skin, and none at all in peaches, milk, cheese or grapes.
That was the name of one of the year 8’s cereals presented this week for judging. The brief was to design a healthy tasty and good looking cereal and they came up trumps! Thank you to parents for supporting this extra homework and to the kitchen staff for judging. Here we are with are cereals!
Year 8 are starting a topic on Life Processes. We learned a mnemonic to help us remember the seven nutrient groups – McDonalds Fast Food Will Virtually Constipate People, which stands for Mineral, Fat, Fibre, Water, Vitamins, Carbohydrates and Protein. The question is are we getting a balance of all of these and not too much fat sugar and salt?
We played a game called Food for Thought, a card game invented by Mrs Angell to learn which foods give us which nutrients. Its a bit like Happy Families (some Year 8s admitted to never having played Happy Families! – alas their education is wanting) where you have to collect one of each food group. Here is Patrick puzzling over how to categorise his card, and Gracie and Gina preparing for the next round. And their task for Wednesday – make a healthy, appealing and tasty cereal and bring it in to school…