Monthly Archives: November 2017

Hadza Tribe

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We have been looking at hunter gatherers in the last few weeks. Today, we looked at a tribe that live in East Africa that still live as hunter gatherers.

We found out lots of interesting information about the Hadza tribe.

Can you-

  • Name the bird that helps them to find beehives?
  • Name an animal that they eat?
  • Name two plants that they eat?
  • Describe the way in which communicate?

I look forward to reading your answers.

Mrs Wilcock

Stone Age Trip

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We had a fantastic time on our school trip last week when we visited Southport Eco Centre. Although we already knew lots about the Stone Age we learnt so much more through the following four activities-

Activity 1- We played huge board games that took us through the different periods of the Stone Age. We had to answer lots of questions before we could move on.

Activity 2- We excavated fossils of footprints and measured them. Then we went on a trail around the garden to see if we could find who were the owners of the footprints.

Activity 3- We went on a walk to the Green beach, this allowed us to see how the landscape might have looked in the Stone Age.

Activity 4- We read lots of information about hunter gathers on the computer and then had to answer lots of questions.

Before our journey back to school the children competed against each other in an interactive quiz, testing the information they had learnt during the day.

Let me know which was your favourite part of the day and why?

Chocolate Rocks

We have had a great day making chocolate rocks.

We followed instructions to make three different types of rocks- Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous. We made the rock by using just milk chocolate and white chocolate and cling film.

Here are the instructions on how to make chocolate rocks

Chocolate rocks

Ingredients

  • Grated milk or dark chocolate (finely grated)
  • Grated white chocolate (finely grated)
  • Cling film

Sedimentary

– created from sediment layers under the sea.

  1. Place the cling film into a cup.
  2. Place 2-3 teaspoons of grated milk or dark chocolate into the cup.
  3. Place 2-3 teaspoons of grated white chocolate into the cup.
  4. Repeat with a second layer of milk or dark chocolate.
  5. Fold the cling film over the top.
  6. Push down hard with fingers until the chocolate feels like is has stuck together.
  7. Pull out gently and unwrap.
  8. Break the rock in half to reveal the layers.
  1. Metamorphic

    sedimentary or (igneous) rock that has been changed by heat and pressure underground.

    1. Start with a sample of chocolate sedimentary rock (see above).
    2. Put the sample into the square of cling film and seal it in.
    3. Squeeze the chocolate into a sphere.
    4. Massage the sphere with fingertips until the heat from your fingers begins to melt the surface of the chocolate sphere.
    5. The longer and harder you squeeze the stronger the finished rock will be. The heat and pressure change the shape of the rock.
    6. If you squeeze too hard you just get a slimy mess of melted chocolate covering the cling film – keep the sphere shape.
    7. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
    8. Unwrap and use a metal or plastic spreading knife to cut through the sphere.

Igneous

 – formed from molten rock from underground forced up the surface e.g. through volcanoes.

N.B. This is probably best done as a demo due to the hot liquid involved.

  1. Start with a sample of chocolate sedimentary rock (see above).
  2. Put the sample into the square of cling film and seal it in.
  3. Squeeze the chocolate into a sphere.
  4. Dip the sphere in it’s cling film into a cup of hot water (or tea) for 30 secs to a minute depending on size.
  5. Leave to cool.
  6. Unwrap and use a metal or plastic spreading knife to cut through the sphere.

Enjoy and let me know how you get on

 

Rock Stars

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Our new Science topic is Rocks.

Can you work out which rock is being described?

What am I?

1. A rock formed as small pieces of rocks, dust, shells and sand are cemented together.

2. A rock forms when magma cools and hardens.

3. A rock formed by intense heat and pressure underground.

I look forward to reading your answers.