An Aveley Primary Blog

Once we had planned and created posters explaining the various components of our balanced picnic, it was time to get creative. We made sandwiches, using bread (carbohydrate), cheese (dairy) and/or ham (protein). Then we added a number of other foods to create our very own ‘eat well plates’. This included a delicious cookie as our little bit of sugar/fat.

After all of this fantastic investigation, planning and creating it was time to put our feet up and eat up!

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What would Little Red Riding Hood have put in her picnic basket?

Having looked at many different areas of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ in detail in our literacy work, we thought we knew everything about the story!

That was until Miss Stephenson caught us by surprise by asking us what we thought she would have packed in her picnic basket.. A simple question, some might think, and so did we initially: CAKES OF COURSE!!

But then when we began to discuss this we questioned what she would have needed to create a healthy picnic. This made us realise that we needed to discover what exactly makes a healthy meal, to decide what different foods she would have packed so that she could make sure both her and her Grandma were maintaining a healthy diet..

Did you know our bodies are like cars?

We don’t need petrol or have engines exactly but we do need FUEL. That is, we need to eat food to give us ENERGY to grow, move and heal.
Exploring the different foods that give us energy, we looked at the ‘eat well plate’. This is a plate that is divided into different sections showing us the different food groups and roughly how much of them we should have in our diet.

Do you know what we mean by different food ‘groups’?
Take a look at the eat well plate and see for yourself:

What foods can you see? Can you name the different food groups?


The different sections groups foods together that give us energy for certain things:

Carbohydrates: Give us energy to run around

Protein: Helps to make us strong

Fruit and Vegetables: Stop us getting unwell (help with healing)

Dairy: Helps us to grow

We sorted different foods into their food groups:

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Now that we know all about the different food groups, it was time to put our understanding of this to the test, and create our very own healthy picnics.. Miss Stephenson challenged us to make sure we plan a healthy picnic – meaning we needed to include something from each food group (only then were we allowed to have a sweet treat – our fat/sugar part of our meal).

Now that we have planned it (and all of us showed a GREAT understanding of a balanced meal), time to pack our picnic baskets..

This half term, as well as our local area, we have been looking at the transport that takes use around our local area and beyond.

We have spent some time comparing transport:

What form of transport would you use to go to Lakeside? Or to London? Or how about Africa?

How are these different?

We also discovered that in the past they didn’t always have the many types of transport that we have today. In fact, one of the first forms of transport was called a ‘Sedan Chair’, which involved two people carrying a chair for someone else to sit on! Wow, how things have changed!

Having explored all of these types of transport, we had a go at creating our own…

We used recycled materials to build the different parts of our vehicles and then added axel and wheels, so that our vehicles actually move!

Have a look at our different vehicles with their whizzing wheels! Can you guess what they are?

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Having spent some time looking at the story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ in literacy, we have now turned to look at an alternative version of the story.

Have you ever wondered what the Wolf’s side of the story might be? Was he really trying to attack Grandma or was it all a big misunderstanding?

Time to think about what the Wolf says really happened!

Once we had looked at the Wolf’s side of the story, Miss Stephenson challenged us to think of different ways to help the Woodcutter say sorry for calling the Wolf a ‘baddie’ and sending him away.

We know that they love cookies and cakes in the story of Little Red Riding Hood. After all, isn’t that what she had packed in her basket for Grandma? So we decided that it would be a nice idea for the Woodcutter to make some cookies to take round to the Wolf. We therefore spent some time making some cookies so that we were really familiar with the ingredients and steps that we would need to tell the Woodcutter to take.





Great job 1S! Due to our fantastic teamwork skills we were able to make some delicious cookies!

We then used our cookery knowledge to write recipes (using our ‘bossy’ or ‘imperative’ verbs) and fabulous phonic knowledge!


You won’t believe what we’ve been up to in literacy the last few weeks! We’ve made some new alien friends who have come to us with some important writing missions. This has meant we have had to take on all sorts of challenges, to help them out as special writing agents to tackle “Operation Rocket Squad”!

Take a look at some of the missions we have completed as we have rocketed through our writing adventure:

Mission 1: Recycling Reminders 

Our friend Fizz sent us a video message in our mission inbox, telling us about the horrible mess he had found by a recycling area. After doing some research on what exactly recycling is and why it is important, we created posters to remind people how to recycle carefully:


Mission 2: Up-cycling art

As well as recycling, we have learnt about how we can upcycle materials. This means that we can reuse different everyday objects that we would normally throw away in our recycling bins (such as milk bottles and egg boxes) creatively, to make artwork. That way, rather than HARMING our environment by throwing them away, we can IMPROVE our environment by using our art as decoration!


Mission 2: Super Spaceships

Fizz’s friend Zag came all the way from Planet Zupton to visit. Now that 1S’s writing agents had helped out by creating some fantastic posters and pieces of upcycled art, it was time for Zag to say goodbye and return home.

But where is his spaceship!?

We got another message from Fizz and Zag asking us for some help! Zag needed 1S to use some recycleable materials to build a spaceship for him to fly home to Planet Zupton.

So 1S quickly got building..


Fantastic building 1S! Zag will definitely get back to Planet Zupton safe and sound!

 As Operation Rocket Squad continues, we have created a display in the Key Stage 2 corridor of our work so far: