The children are currently on a round the world voyage as part of their ‘Around the world in 80 days’ Theme STEAM topic. With Antarctica and the USA already ticked off their list it was time to set sail to the cultured shores of Europe, with Italy their first stop.
Firstly, we needed to know where Italy actually was on a map, so some serious map reading was required. Where is Italy in the world? How far away is it from China? How could we get there in the first place? This was closely followed by an inspection of key facts, capital city, population and what the flag looked like.
By this point tummies were rumbling and any intrepid traveller will tell you all manner of things to do and see when in Italy. But without doubt, all those foodies out there will tell you that you just have to taste the pizza! Well that got taste buds tingling just at the thought, so if we can’t go to Italy then we’ll just have to bring to Italy to us.
Before 20 hungry children (and teachers) descended upon the kitchen it was absolutely vital that we all planned what ingredients we wanted on our pizzas. Some big decisions were made, lots of heated discussion about favourite toppings and ideas were etched on to paper. Thankfully no one opted for pineapple - seriously, who has fruit on a pizza? As you will see from the photographed plans there were some very intricate designs.
Off to the kitchen we went with eyes bigger than our bellies! The children worked through different stations to help add the tomato sauce base, add their cheese and the important toppings. After a blast in the oven they were ready to sample. As you will see from the pictures there were some very happy customers and perhaps some artisan chefs in the making!
So if you’re bored over the weekend, can’t find anything on at the cinema, it’s raining outside. Get your future cook in the making to write up an ingredients list, head down to the supermarket, pick out all the ingredients, let them pay up at the till and give them a hand in the kitchen. If you do, send in a picture, the Year 1 team would love to see how they turned out!
Adam Webb, Year 1 Leader