Healthy Pumpkin Cakes recipe

Today we made these delicious pumpkin cakes. They are healthy and tasty. You can add sultanas to make them even more healthy.

Mrs. Thomson and Mrs Dundas were impressed by our turn taking and our helpfulness as well as our skill in grating pumpkin.

We learned Maths, Reading and Health – Maths – weighing in grams, Reading – what is the purpose of the recipe and reading it, Health – washing our hands thoroughly (again and again if needed)  and healthy eating.

Here’s the recipe if you want to make it at home:

Halloween Pumpkin Cake

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs (beaten)
  • 200g butter
  • zest 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 500g (peeled weight) pumpkin or butternut squash flesh, grated


  1. Grate the pumpkin.


  1. Put the flour, sugar, spice, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl and stir.


  1. Melt the butter.


  1. Beat the eggs into the melted butter.


  1. Grate the orange zest, add zest and juice to the butter.


  1. Add to the dry ingredients.


  1. Stir in the grated pumpkin.


  1. Pour the batter into the cases and bake for 20 mins, or until golden and springy to the touch.


P3B Problem solving work backwards

We are learning to use the strategy work backwards. We used ourselves to solve the picnic problem. 75 people went on picnic. 20 had veggie burgers, 32 had sausages and we didn’t know how many people had beef burgers.
We sat in rows for which lunch we had had – roast beef, packed lunch, and soup. The row that had had baked potato sat down. They were the mystery number that we needed to find.
There were 15 of us. We took away the one packed lunch = 14
We took away the 4 soups = 10
We took away the 6 beef burgers = 4
We found the mystery number 4

For the picnic problem some pairs added the veggie burgers and sausages 20 + 32 = 52 then counted up to 75 to find the mystery number.

P3B Seasonal Maths with Pumpkins and other squash

On Wednesday we had great fun doing practical maths. We measured pumpkins and other squashes.
They were all different shapes and sizes. We wanted to find the biggest.
We measured all round them; round the middle and top to bottom. We measured lines on them. We decided that some were the biggest because they were fatter, but some others were the biggest because they were taller.
We also weighed them.
We compared some to a kg weight to find out if they were heavier or lighter than one kilogram.
We weighed them on kitchen scales. Some were more than 2 kg.

Some groups were quick at measuring because they took turns fairly without any fuss. That’s a next step for some of us.