Book Wishlist

booksIf you have any books you would like to see in the school library, please visit this link and leave a comment.

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Let’s get Baking Victoria Sponge Cake!

Ever wanted to bake Victoria sponge cake? Well now is your chance! So grab your apron and let’s get baking. I have have found this amazing recipe on BBC Food (Mary Berry’s recipe) and I hope it tastes as nice as mine did.

INGREDIENTS:

4 free-range eggs.

  • 225g/8oz caster sugar , plus a little extra extra for dusting your finished product.
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour.
  • 2 tsp of baking powder.

To serve:

Good-quality strawberry or raspberry jam

whipped double cream (optional)

225g/8oz baking spread, margarine or soft creamy butter at medium room temperature, plus a little extra to grease the tins.

Preparation time: less than 30 mins

Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins                                                                                Serves: Makes 12 slices

METHOD

  1. First preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/ Gas 4. Line and Grease and 20cm/8in  tins, you can use what ever shaped tins you like but circular shapes are better.With a small sheet of baking paper or kitchen paper rub a little butter around the inside of your tins until all of the sides and base of your tins are slightly coated, then line the bottom of your tin with a measured circle of baking paper.
  2. Then crack your eggs into a large mixing bowl, and then add the sugar, flour, baking powder and butter. Mix together until well combined (it should have no lumps in) you can do it with an electric hand mixer , you could also use a wooden spoon although, it will take longer.But be careful because you can over mix it.
  3. After that divide the mixture evenly between the tins( it doesn’t need to be exact). When you have done that flatten the cake mixture out and pop it into the oven for roughly 10 to 30 minutes.After about 20 25 minutes swap the cake tins round so they can be cooked evenly.
  4. When the cakes are done they should be golden brown and come away from the edge easily they should also have a nice springy touch to them.Take them out by running a butter knife round the edge and then gently place them on a cooling tray till they are nice and cool.
  5. To assemble the cake place them upside down on a plate and spread plenty of jam on 1 of the 2 sides.After that spread all of your fresh whipped cream on the other piece of  the cake.When you have done that very carefully place them on top of each other so it is in a straight line.
  6. For the final finishing touch dust some icing sugar on the top of the cake.(You could also use a doily as a stencil to put your icing sugar on which is what I did).It is completely optional to put icing sugar on the top but I think it gives your cake a nice finishing touch.

I hope you get to make this cake because it is so easy and so quick to make .

Tips:

After whipping your double whipping cream in your electric mixer leave it in the fridge until ready to apply to the cake.

Avoid putting your jam and cream right to the edge of your cake so it doesn’t come out.

 

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My Marvelous Marble Cake!

Here’s the finished product!!!

Ever want to just go into the kitchen and bake something new?

Why not try baking a chocolate and vanilla marble loaf cake  – it’s much simpler than you think.

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 200g of butter
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 200g of self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  •  3 teaspoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons of milk (if needed)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a 23cm x 13cm loaf tin with baking  paper.
  2. Beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs until fully incorporated.
  4. Gently fold the flour in 2 stages,then place 1/2 of the mixture and fold into a separate bowl, then add the cocoa powder.
  5. The mixture should gently fall off the spoon – if it is a little bit thick let it down with the milk.
  6. Pour 1/2 of the vanilla batter into the lined tin and spread out evenly. Pour 1/2 of the chocolate mixture in a swirling motion then cover with the remaining vanilla mixture.
  7. Finish with the rest of the chocolate mixture then use a metal skewer to swirl the chocolate through the vanilla to create a marbled effect.
  8. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes, until a metal skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Leave to cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.

Enjoy!!! x

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Lovely Weather Hits England

We  had so much snow over Easter,  the 1st and second of April (Easter Monday). The snow on Easter Monday was at least 15cm high and the maximum daytime temperature was only 3.8°C. 

We finally have a heat wave. The heatwave started on Wednesday the 18th of April 2018 and lasted until Saturday the 21st of April 2018. Throughout the hot weather the hottest temperature was a magnificent 28.4°C, that was at about teatime.

This graph shows the weather for the first three weeks of April, it is shown from our very own weather station. 

Temperature recorded from our very own weather station.

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Christmas Coffee Afternoon and Fair

We will be having a Christmas coffee afternoon and fair. It will be at Stretton Handley Primary School (postcode DE55 6FH)  on Friday 5th December,  2pm-3pm and will be hosted by Class 3.

If you don’t like coffee then you’ll probably like tea, warm yourself up it’s that time of year,chilly and coldthere will be fun for the young and the old. There will be a Raffle, Pin the Carrot on the Snowman, Bottle Tombola, Guess the Number of Chocolates, and lots of other festive fun – come along and have a bun!!!!!

christmascoffee

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My Cute Cats

I have two cats. Tippi  is really cute and is tiny. She has six toes on her back feet and has five toes on her front feet! I love my pet cat Tippi sssooo much!   I can pick her up like a baby and hug her.

My other cat, Missy,  is 12 years old. We have only had her for 2 years and  we got her when she was 10 from a cat rescue centre. I  like to sit and stroke her in front of the TV at night. She is rather heavy but I can still pick her up!

I  LOVE MY  CATS!!!!

 

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My Gorgeous Gerbils

   My gerbils are called Ziggy and Zebra.  They are really cute because they are small and fluffy.  Zebra is called Zebra because she has black and white stripes, she is a bit chubby!  Ziggy is black with a white bib. They like to play in their cage.  They have a lot of cardboard boxes and they chew them to make their bedding.  They have a little blue house with a tiny window in the front near the small door.

I really like to hold my gerbils when we clean out their cage. 

I LOVE MY LITTLE GERBILS!

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Misty and Snow

Hello it’s me Kissa. I have 2 cute rabbits called Misty and Snow. They are the cutest rabbit’s in the world and they are my sister’s rabbits. Misty is brown all over and Snow is white with a splodge of black on one eye, a splodge of light brown on the other eye and a little patch of brown on her back. They are both girls and are very cute. They eat pellets, straw and they love treats!

Misty is cheeky and Snow is really fast. I can always see Misty in my house sniffing everything and she is also really funny when she yawns because you can see her rabbit teeth.

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My Loombands Business

I sell loombands for 20p each I only really make chains because I’m not very good at any others. I’ve made a pound so far but I’ve only sold them to my family so I’m hoping to sell them to my whole street and make a fiver.

looms

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UCD the Best Team in Fifa 14

UCD_LogoFifa 14 is my favourite game on Xbox 360. I used to play as Arsenal and Derby and now I play as UCD the baddest team on Fifa! UCD are an Irish football team. I did the FA cup with them and lost 10-0 by Man city ( this is because they only have 1 and a half stars). The stars on Fifa means how skilful they are.

ucd

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My pet dogs

My pet dog is called Dolly she is a Springer spaniel. I also have 2 more dogs one called Flynn and one called Skippy (both springer spaniels). Dolly is very fast and cute. Flynn is quite smelly but he is very strong! Skippy is old and slow. We take them walks in our field in Woolley Moor.

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Lea Green is Awesome

High ropes

High ropes

At Lea Green it was awesome. Me and my friends were goofing around in our rooms and stuffed a lot of sweets in our mouths.The food at Lea Green is really, and I mean really, nice and we always have pudding! It was the best year ever but it was the last time the present Year Sixes will ever go to Lea Green.

I HAVE BRILLIANT NEWS!!! I am going to Lea Green with guides! We will be going on the high ropes like we did on our residential.The high ropes is a fun course where the aim is to believe in yourself and try and push yourself higher. It is about 30 feet in the air, maybe higher. There are 8 courses on the high ropes and some of the courses you can have a race and go on with your friend. This time I’m only going for the day.

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