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Dialogic Reading

This activity explores dialogic reading, a reading technique that encourages the child to become the storyteller using a series of prompts. This approach to reading helps to develop the children’s vocabulary, communication skills and understanding of how stories are structured.

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Float or Sink?

This activity supports the development of children’s higher thinking skills through encouraging them to make observations and apply their knowledge and experience when making predictions.

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Making Rain

This activity supports children’s understanding of the world when they see that numerous droplets are too heavy to be held by the shaving foam ‘cloud’.

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Potions Laboratory

This activity can be used to widen children’s vocabulary. They can also develop their critical thinking skills through sharing theories of what will happen when ingredients are mixed, trying these out and discussing whether their predictions were correct.

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Shadow Puppets

This activity supports learning by developing a greater understanding of cause and effect. It can also support children’s creativity and communication skills - using the shadows to become confident storytellers.

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Lung Experiment

This science experiment shows how the human body works. The activity brings together physical development and science.

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This science experiment gives children the opportunity to hypothesise about what might happen when warm water is added to Skittles, allowing them to explore the concept of cause and effect.

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Sweet Potato and bean quesadillas

Serves 8

      2 Large sweet potatoes, 1tbsp Olive oil, 3-4 Banana shallots, finely sliced, 1tsp Garlic paste, 1tsp Chipotle rub, 200g frozen Broad beans, 1x 400g Butter beans, rinsed, drained, 4 Large tortillas, 160g Cheese, grated. Spicy Tomato Sauce 2-3tsps Ginger paste or powder 2-3tsps Garlic paste or clove 2 x 400g tins Plum tomatoes ¼-½tsp Mild chilli powder or flakes
        • 1. Heat the oven to 200°C, 180°C Fan, Gas Mark 6.
        • 2. Prick the sweet potatoes all over and place on a baking tray. Bake for 50 mins (depending on the size), or until soft. Leave to cool, then mash, skins as well.
        • 3. Cook the broad beans in pan of boiling water for 3-5 minutes, then drain and run under cold water. Pop the beans out of their skins.
        • 4. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the shallots and cook for 5-8 mins, then add the garlic and chipotle rub and cook for a further 2 mins till golden brown, stirring often. Remove and set aside.
        • 5. Tip the butter beans and broad beans into a bowl and roughly mash, then add the shallots and mix well.
        • 6. To assemble, lay a tortilla in the bottom of the same pan you used to cook the shallots in, over a medium heat. Scatter with a little.