Tasting the parkin

Was it sticky enough to stick Brigg’s mouth together? Well…some were!  We were amazed at how we could all start with the same recipe and ingredients and make such different trays of parkin!!!


They all had one thing in common…they were gorgeous!!! (No, really!)  So we sat, reading Danny the Champion of the World and munching parkin…life was good in Year 4 this aft’!

Anyone for parkin?

We read a great story in our Yorkshire Folktales book.  The legend told us how Filey Brigg was created when Brigg the dragon was tricked into eating a huge bowl of sticky Yorkshire parkin and drowned in the sea!

At the end of the story was a recipe for parkin, well…we just had to make some didn’t we?

Breaking the Yorkshire stereotype…

We have been learning about stereotypes.  That is the phrase we use to describe it when someone is assumed to have certain characteristics just because of things like where they are born, the colour of their hair or the sport they play.

We looked for examples in books; ‘The Troll and Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson.  We found that the main characters in both books fitted into what we expect trolls and witches to look and act like but that both characters actually acted very differently to how they looked.  We asked clever questions like, “Is a troll still a troll if he doesn’t live under a bridge?”  “Are witches still magic without their wands?”  “Is it fair to expect all trolls to be mean?”


We found out that there are certain stereotypes for people who come from Yorkshire!!!!  Just look at the first set of images that appear if you google, “Yorkshireman”

As India pointed out, even the saying is inaccurate as she is a proud “Yorkshirewoman”!  We looked around our class and we didn’t see one child in a flat cap or wearing a tweed jacket.  So we investigated further and found all sorts of sayings or misconceptions related to being from barnsley and Yorkshire:

  • Yorkshire folk are “strong int’ arm and thick int’ ‘ed!  (We certainly disagreed with that one!!!)
  • Yorkshire people have pet whippets and ferrets or fly kestrels!  (We have plenty of pugs in the class it seems)
  • We sit around eating Yorkshire puddings and drinking Yorkshire tea (we generally agreed we like these things but our tastes are much more varied!)

We had a lot of fun learning broad Barnsley phrases and sayings because it is important to be proud of our culture and heritage…Miss Buckley jumped a mile when we asked her to “put t’ wood int’ ‘oil” as she entered the classroom!  However, we realized that all of these stereotypes didn’t accurately describe the lovely Yorkshire pupils in our class.  So, we did what everyone should do when faced with out-dated, stereotypical views…we made fun of it!

We decided to see what it would look like if we did all wear flat caps, tweed and pipes.  Or curlers in our hair like Nora Batty!  What would we look like walking a whippet and flying a kestrel while supping a pot of Yorkshire tea???  Tune in next week to see the results…

Get ready Dragons den!!!!

We have been writing adverts for Birdwell businesses to accompany our local maps.  For a bit of fun, we thought we would imagine what sort of business we would like to open in Birdwell.

Well!  The children did not disappoint.  If ever you need a new name for your business, come and talk to Year 4.  they came up with absolute gems such as:

  • India’s Indian (restaurant) and Reuben’s Ruby (take away)
  • Tianna’s Tiaras
  • Mucky Boots football academy (Perfect Rowan!)
  • Daisy’s Donuts
  • Caitlin’s Cuts (Hair salon-although she can’t do anything to help me apparently, I’m too old!)
  • Ollie’s Ollies  (Skateboard skills centre…GENIUS!!!!)

To go along with these fledgling businesses, we wrote adverts.  Oliver even took this idea to the extreme by writing his own fictional news account at home.  Telling us how one of the creatures from Ollie’s Reptile House, escapes and gets into school.  (Although I did find the unprovoked biting of my bottom in the article to be unreasonable journalistic embellishment!!!)

Our Birdwell maps

We used our local walk to redraw the ariel map of Birdwell as it actually is now…

We also learned some 3D drawing techniques to draw some of the places we saw from a ‘Street View’ perspective…Mr Swallow showed us how to use “vanishing points” (thats posh for 2 dots on the paper) and straight lines to draw buildings that got bigger as they got closer or smaller as they got further away.

We tried the technique ourselves and they are amazing for a first go at isometric drawing

Our local walk

We took to the streets to investigate the differences between the ariel photographs of Birdwell that we have studied and the real Birdwell.  We spotted new houses that have been built, new businesses such as Aldi that have opened as well as the whole new commercial development near the motorway.

We mapped out the changes and took plenty of photographs as we went so we could make our own, up to date ariel maps of the village.

It was a bitterly cold day but we really enjoyed exploring.  We even had time to try our luck for a cup of tea at Charlie’s house!  What we noticed is that there are far more businesses in Birdwell than we realized and also that do live in a wonderfully green and natural location.


Stay tuned to see our Birdwell maps…

Birdwell from above

As part of our topic, we have used a range of maps and atlas.  Next, we are going to see what Birdwell looks like from space using ariel photographs.

Can we use them to find our way around and describe what we can see?  Are the photos and up to date representation of our village?  Can we improve them?


Click the link to see BIRDWELL FROM SPACE…

Birdwell sat map