Monthly Archives: June 2018

Icelandic breakfast!

I said I would share my attempt at an Icelandic breakfast this morning: oatmeal porridge, skyr, redcurrants and blueberries. It was actually very tasty as well as filling and quite healthy. The only downside (for me!) was that the oatmeal porridge took about 25 minutes to cook (which is quite a bit longer than for ordinary porridge). However, I would probably try this again.

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World Cup Football Day – Iceland

Image result for iceland flagIceland are playing in their first World Cup Finals and today we learned something about the history, geography, language and culture of Iceland and held a mini football tournament.

We discovered that the population of the whole country is about the same size as Coventry! This helps to see what an achievement qualifying for the World Cup has been.


During the day we tried some Icelandic food (including rye bread, Skyr, pickled herrings and pickled cucumbers, followed up by Kleinur (little donuts)).

If you want to try cooking these for yourselves, click on the images below to find the recipes we used.

Kleinur Donuts are quite simple to make and they went down well! They are even better slightly warm, fresh from the pan!



The rye bread is easy to mix, but takes a long time (about 8 hours) to cook on a low temperature. Some other recipes use molasses or treacle instead of syrup which would make the bread darker and maybe taste a little less sweet.



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Probability Posters

Year 6 have been investigating probability. They tried to discover the probability of scoring
different totals using two (or more) dice with the same number of faces and with different numbers of faces. Some people investigated the distribution of scores by experimenting with dice and some tried to calculate the probabilities. We presented our findings and our understanding of probability as posters. Here are some of the imaginative posters that were produced. Some even included interactive elements and 3D features. Well done Year 6!


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Letter from Lindisfarne by Marmoset29

My Lord Alcuin, 

Please excuse this blackened paper and pen for they are all I could salvage. You see devastation struck St. Cuthbert’s this past hour: now, its nothing but ash. Most brothers were slaughtered and those who weren’t, I fear, have been taken as slaves. The few of us who remain seek your counsel and I implore you to send it as soon as possible as we fear they may return. 

I am now certain that the pink and green dragons last night were omens. They had danced in fire as we watched in perplexity. That night, I fell asleep, after praying for deliverance, and awoke to see a real dragon coming toward God’s land. 

Apparently, I wasn’t the only brother to see this for Brother Michael rain in from the fields claiming that he too saw a dragon. I finished my prayer and ran to the shore, believing God would protect me. 

However, it was clear that God had too many people to protect. The dragon had landed and its people rushed forward in attack. Most ignored me and headed straight for the monastery, but one stayed back and cut off my finger, taking the ring with it. I then heard cries of terror and metal clashing but was too cowardly to help.

Several minutes later, Lindisfarne was aflame and the men, who I had mistakenly taken as pilgrims, rushed back to their beast with our younger brothers and treasures. Even the Gospels are gone. 

Your advice would be much appreciated at this worrying time.

Brother Simon.


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Grendel’s battle with Beowulf retold by Goldfish14

Out of the darkness, Grendel came. He was filled with anticipation knowing his next meal was behind the old iron door. With his mouth watering, he crept up to the silver iron door and gashed it open. Standing on the other side was Handscio the guard; he was tall and he was wearing armour but this would not save him. Handscio gripped his diamond sword; he swiped it in the air chasing Grendel around. He tripped Handscio over and grabbed his sword, stabbing him in the chest. He didn’t want to leave him there so he gobbled him up. With blood dripping down his chin, he crawled across the floor wiping his claws across his face waiting for his next meal.

Stumbling across the floor, Grendel viciously sniffed the air searching for his next victim. Little did he know what awaited him. Standing around the corner was Beowulf. He was ‘bare-handed’ and had neither sword nor armour. Suddenly, he sprang into action. After many hours had passed, he had ripped off Grendel’s scaly arm. At last, the horrific beast was defeated.


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