Sunday, October 30, 2016
We combined oil and water and tried to mix it. The oil kept returning to the surface. We had many suggestions as to why this happened. We learnt that water is hydrophilic and oil is hydrophobic and moves away from water. We then added detergent and made an emulsion. Detergent is amphiphilic and is attracted to both water and oil. Kitchen chemistry is great fun!
Friday, October 28, 2016
Yesterday we found a bee on the ground. It crawled into the grass. Me and Claudia ran to the staff room to get honey. We ran back to the bee and it drank lots of the honey. We brought it to the class and we put it beside the ramp. It didn't fly away and it fell off the bush and crawled into the grass and then flew away.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Today 30 six pack punnets marched out of Room 9 to start a new life in 30 different gardens. We have watched these seedlings germinate and repotted them as they grew bigger. Finally we chose the seedlings we wanted and pricked them out into six packs. These were placed outside to harden off. Now they are at your homes children. Look after them carefully and email photos back to Room 9 showing how they are growing. Watch out for caterpillars and white butterflies!
Spelling testing this week was on Thursday so we didn't have any parent testers. Suddenly, Bella was available and even managed to test six at a time. What a wonderful contribution you made to our class Bella. Thank you!
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
In autumn we saved pumpkin seed and today we were able to plant our pumpkin seedlings out in the school gardens. We had to dig the soil, add compost and sheep pellets before we could plant the seedlings. We are going to watch and see how big they will grow.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
As part of our inquiry work on change, today we had to sort insects and decide whether they had a complete metamorphosis or an incomplete metamorphosis. There was a lot of discussion and every group was able to complete the task.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
In class we had talked about how we can rescue honey bees and bumble bees when we find them struggling on the ground. Suddenly today, we had a chance to rescue a real bumble bee. We couldn't find any honey but there was jam in the staff room. As we watched we could see the bumble bee's tongue coming in and out. It was thrilling to be able to help this busy little bumble bee.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Our Little Garden seedlings have grown very successfully and on Friday we pricked out the seedlings so that everyone will be able to take six home. We carefully wrote down which seedlings we have chosen and now they are spending the weekend in the tunnel house getting used to being outside. We were very pleased that our friend Trevor was there to help.
We always enjoy listening to efforts of the "Extra for Experts" children. This week we had to think of 5 different ways to travel by air, by water and by road. Then we had to think of ways that children travel. Ollie and Tim sent their results by email to the class.