What an interesting afternoon we’ve had in Year 3! After being covered in salt for the last two weeks, the children were able to free their tomatoes this afternoon in order to make their observations. It was fascinating to see what the salt had done to the tomatoes and some of the weight differences recorded were amazing – one of the tomatoes pre mummification weight was 93g and this had dropped down to 42g after being left in the salt for two weeks. The tomatoes had shrunk and the skin had gone crinkly. The children drew and recorded their observations before mummifying their tomatoes further by wrapping them in bandages! Year 3 are now professional embalmers, da iawn!
What a fantastic, messy afternoon we’ve had in Year 3 with the children becoming Egyptian Embalmers! We followed the steps of the mummification process using a tomato. First the children washed their dead bodies (the tomato) and then an incision was made for them to remove the insides. We then recorded the pre mummification weight. The children then had lots of fun stuffing their tomatoes with a salt and bicarbonate of soda mixture. The tomatoes were then placed in a container where they were again covered in the salt mixture. The tomatoes will stay in this state for 2 weeks where we will then compare the weight and make further observations. Da iawn boys and girls!
Year 4 had a great afternoon working on projects to build and code using the LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits. They made fans, alarm robots and other weird and wonderful creations!
They worked brilliantly together, problem solving and keeping their kits in working order – da iawn blwyddyn pedwar!
As part of our sharks topic, we decided to use our explanation skills, that we have been developing in our language sessions, to create our very own shark documentaries! We used the Green Screen to help us present our ‘in studio’ part, explaining the different features that sharks have. Then, we decided to ‘dive down’ into the ocean, using the VR goggles and present the second part of our documentaries, explaining what we could see.
In Year 1, we have been enjoying finding out all about sharks. We read that sharks have lots of different features to help them to swim and not to sink. One reason is that sharks have very oily livers, which helps them to float, so we decided to make our own ‘sharks’ and do an investigation to find out if this theory is true. We filled one ‘shark’ with water and one with oil. We predicted what we thought would happen and then tested it out ourselves, recording our results. We were amazed to see that the ‘oily shark’ did in fact float!!
The nursery children made their very own miniature beach. They learned about the different states of matter by making jelly to represent the sea. They learned that they can dissolve the jelly into a liquid, then as it sets it turns back into a solid. They then crushed biscuits to represent the sand and even had a little jelly man sunbathing on the top! It tasted delicious too!
Year 4 have been working hard this week planning and carrying out a science investigation to find out how quickly different materials melt. We were very particular about how we wanted to set everything up, and made sure everything was fair by using all the same containers and measuring as accurately as possible. We watched carefully as the race between the ice, ice cream and chocolate unfolded!
It could have all ended in a sticky mess as come containers threatened to fall over! But we managed to collect some good data to write up next week.
The children were set the task of creating their own unsinkable ships that could sail in icy waters! They chose their materials and resources to build their ships and even chose names too. They created posters to persuade other to board their ships and then they sold tickets to each other (remembering they’d need to add the corresponding number of passengers to their ships before the maiden voyage!)
The children each took turns to sail their ships…there were definitely a few surprises in regards to which ships made it across! It certainly gave the children a lot to think about in relation to design, shape, size, floating/sinking etc. Here are some of the children testing out their ships…
The nursery and reception children have been on a bug hunt. They went into the nature area to see what creatures they could find. Don’t worry, they were very gentle with the bugs and put them back where they found them.
This week in science the children have been studying how flowers drink water. They learnt about the importance of the roots and the stem and how they transport nutrients around the flower. To demonstrate this we set up a rainbow experiment. With adult help the children cut the stem in half and put each half in a coloured beaker of water. We have been observing the roses over the past few days and even though the experiment didn’t quite go to plan, as only a few drops of colour were observed on the petals, the children thoroughly enjoyed the process. This is one we will definitely have to try again!