After leaving the soil and water mix for a few days, the children looked at what had happened in the jars. They counted the number of layers they could see and we identified what each layer was. They then had to write a set of instructions for how to make soil - they discovered that a lot of ingredients were needed!
We investigated what soil was made of today. So far the children have found small rocks and bits of plants. We have set up an experiment to see what else we can find out - results to follow!
Today, the children learnt about fossils with a range of different activities.
The photos below show some of the independent work created about Mary Anning - a famous fossil hunter.
These photos are of cast and mould fossil that the children created by pushing a dinosaur into some clay and then filling the gap that was left, when the dinosaur was removed, with glue. The children also made trace fossils and animals trapped in amber.
Last week, the children explored mark making; creating their own marks and also taking inspiration from drawings by van Gogh.
This week, they used these marks to create a picture.
Before Christmas, the children completed their moving dragons; putting a pneumatic system in them to make part of the dragon move. Today, we evaluated them. The children were good a identifying what they needed to improve on if they were to do the task again, as well as recognising something they had done well.
Before Christmas the children had created sediment using different types of cereals (to show the bits of rocks that had been weathered and eroded) and mini marshmallows (for the dead plants and animals).