This half term has seen some excellent learning based around the book ‘Escape from Pompeii’.
The students have produced some impressive persuasive letters and have been learning about volcanoes in Geography, as well as different types of rocks in Science.
These rocks were made using chocolate and clearly show the different layers of sedimentary rock.
We also did a visual demonstration of a volcanic eruption. One volcano was borrowed from the resource centre at Thompson House. This involved mixing vinegar and red food colouring with sodium bicarbonate. The other was a homemade volcano from Laurence and involved mixing sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, flour and water.
Both volcanoes produced differing eruptions – the vinegar eruption was fast and furious and the citric acid one was slower but produced more bubbles. The children were thoroughly impressed!
To get as many links to the rain forest as possible, in Geography, the class had to produce their own weather forecasts from a topical location. They had to stand up in pairs and present the weather to the rest of the class. Linking to Literacy, they were asked to use adjectives and expanded noun phrases in their weather forecasts, in order to make them more interesting and descriptive.
In Science, plants have been the area of study. The class had to sow beans to see which germinated first – the root or shoot. They kept a bean diary on the speed of growth.
For the second experiment, they placed celery sticks into coloured water to see water transportation in action.
For the third experiment, they are currently testing to see if light makes a difference to germination. This is quite interesting, as on the forest floor, light is limited due to the canopy layer blocking out the majority of light. It will be interesting to compare the germination of the seeds allowed light, and those without light.
Cowell class has been transformed into a jungle!
The children helped to transform the classroom and are really enthused about the rain forest topic this half term.
There are lots of cross-curricular links…more to follow!