Our look at food and farming last week led us on to preserving. We’d watched them preserving food on Victorian Farm and the concept of preserving is not new as we always make jams. So we used the Tesco online field trip Saucy Baked Beans to look at canning.
We started off with a quiz to see what we knew about baked beans (not a lot!)
Maths on Friday was to make a can. Concepts covered were 2D and 3D shapes, nets, diameter and circumference of a circle and Sam was very happy as got to use his calculator for real maths. This really has to be my focus after Easter making maths more practical and engaging.
We researched some of the different canned food that you can buy around the world. We also looked at labels and the information included on them, such as cooking instructions, nutrition… Then Sam made a label for his can of ‘smoked rattlesnake’.
and used a variety of dried ones to make a mosaic.
We considered beans as seeds and after soaking to soften a bit dissected some to see if we could see the plants inside.
Then we planted some so we can watch them sprout.We also had a go at making our own baked beans entirely unsuccessfully; beans refused to soften, sauce was nasty and even the camera ate the photos.