Mine’s a mocktail
With the heatwave we’re having, the pupils at Woodstar School decided to make refreshing summer mocktails.
So some of them made a list of the plants (including mint, lemon balm and strawberries) they’ve been growing in the school garden while the others researched recipes for the mocktails online and put together a shopping list.
One of the children was able to use the computer independently for the first time using our new Amazon Echo – a voice-activated assistant we bought thanks to a generous donation from our Giggle and Give Gala Dinner last November.
Today the boys harvested the ingredients from the school garden. One of them learnt to say ‘mint’ and can now say it spontaneously and the other counted off the things he needed to pick.
Meanwhile, the girls went with their bags for life on the bus with some of the team to our local Tesco store to buy the other ingredients, including fruit juice and oranges. They are now pros at using the bus and ringing the bell to let the driver know where they need to get off.
They followed the shopping list to find and check off the items by themselves and then paid for them using their money skills. Somehow, they also managed to find themselves in the chocolate aisle and find room in the budget for some treats!
Back at school, the children weighed the ingredients and carefully peeled and cut things up for the blender before, at last, sampling their delicious drinks.
Project Mocktail involved lots of learning skills, using hand-eye coordination, literacy and maths – all part of the Learning for Living curriculum to support our children gain everyday functional skills and boost their self-confidence.
And, crucially, how did the mocktails taste? “Mmm, not bad,” said one of the boys.
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