Hundertwasser – 4D News
|Year 4 Curriculum Plan – Summer Term|
On Wednesday 6th June, 4D were invited to Pizza Express in Winchmore Hill. We walked through the doors at 09:30 to find the kitchen in full swing: The ovens were roaring and the pizzaiolo was busy kneading dough and chopping fresh herbs and vegetables.
After scrubbing our hands and putting on an apron, we set about making our own Margheritas, the ‘Queen of Pizzas’. First we stretched the dough, gently easing it up the sides of the pizza pan to make the crust. Passata was added and we spread it across the base using a lift and tap technique. The mozzarella was evenly distributed and we finished with a sprinkle of oregano.
As our pizzas baked, we tasted raw onions and basil; mushrooms and olives. The basil was fragrant and bitter; the onions sweet and tangy; and in no time, our pizzas were ready. They emerged from the ovens with golden tops and fluffy crusts and smelt delicious. We each took home our very own Margherita, ready for our supper.
4D would like to thank Pizza Express for their generosity: The workshop was run free-of-charge and was a fantastic introduction to the history and art of pizza making. Many thanks.
On a bright summer’s morning, 4D walked through Winchmore Hill to Woodcroft Wildspace, a nature reserve tucked between Broadwalk and Woodland Way. The site comprises around 4 acres of green space and is staffed by local volunteers. Over the past 15 years, they have worked hard to plant trees, shrubs, and flowers; dig ponds and compost heaps; build hives and a rainwater collection tank. Pathways divide the wildspace into distinct habitats and a log cabin doubles up as a classroom.
On site we were greeted by Bob, Lynne, and Amanda. They divided us into three groups and we began our exploration of the site. In the ponds, we found ramshorn snails and water boatmen; dragonfly nymphs and immature newts. We were careful not to disturb the silt at the bottom of the pond and no one was brave enough to take a leech into their hands!
In the long grass of the meadow, we found ladybirds, grasshoppers, and moths. Ants had made their nest at the base of a plum tree and in the apiary, bees were hard at work. We could hear their furious hum but they weren’t interested in us, only in ferrying nectar to their hives. Amanda showed us a sheet of honeycomb and explained that in his life-time, a male bee will fill no more than four of the hexagonal cells: That’s less than a teaspoon of honey! Luckily, hives contain more than 20,000 bees and each worker makes more honey than he needs, so collecting a few jars doesn’t affect the colony too much.
After visiting the apiary, we wandered into the wooded area to identify a variety of trees. We found Horse Chestnuts and Sycamores; Rowan and Ash; Silver Birch and Pine trees. Blackberries were ripening on the brambles and the oak trees were covered in galls once used by Medieval scribes to make ink. When we came back out into fields, we were covered in sticky cleaver weeds and the burred seed heads of wood avens.
It was a wonderful morning and we would like to thank the Woodcroft team for having us. See you again next year.