Using our fabulous calculator and detective skills, we managed to reveal hidden messages! When the number produced was read upside down and backwards words could be read and recorded to solve a hidden word jumble - great fun!
Our final monitoring day proved to be very interesting! The experiment that germinated in darkness, without any sunlight, did grow but was very week and yellow in colour as opposed to the strong, healthy green of the 'normal' cress. Lots of the other investigations involving a change in liquid, apart from the Lucozade, went quite moldy... Interestingly, the experiment that used carbonated water grew well, but not as tall as the 'normal' comparison! The lemon juice experiment germinated and grew a yellowish colour at the start of the investigation, but quickly stopped and started to grow mold! Why do you think these things happened? Fantastic scientific discoveries Willows!
After learning, researching and understanding the process of germination we decided to test the elements required. Do seeds really need: water, warm temperature, sunlight, oxygen to begin the growth process? We obviously could not test or control if each seed had an embryo but we thought it would be fun to see if we could push the boundaries/theories of germination! Running a 'normal' batch of seed for comparison, we planted yesterday! Some Science Buddies switched water for lemon juice to see if the additional vitamin c would improve growth rate, another group removed light to see how mush health would be affected... All the scientific ideas and experiments are fab - I'm very proud of my clever hard-workers!
Using our new fantastic scientific knowledge of flowering plant life-cycles, along with our superb observational drawing skills, we spent the afternoon exploring some of the fruits produced. This allowed us to detect the possible seed dispersal methods along with how the seeds receive food made by the leaves and water/minerals collected via the roots through the stem. It was fascinating to discover how plants ensure their life cycle continues by protecting the seeds for reproduction or offering the seed to nature to be carried purposefully by animals! Brilliant!
After discovering what makes Great Britain 'Great' we began to explore and follow a few British traditions... We had great fun learning more about many things including the Royal Family, Wimbledon and of course sampling our very own class afternoon cream tea! Delicious! The afternoon began with cucumber sandwiches, followed by freshly baked current and plain scones which were smothered in strawberry jam and fresh clotted cream! This was all washed down with a fresh cup of English tea! The tradition began in Bedford don't you know... Fabulous!
To open our Detective Unit, we began by investigating Great Britain! Using our fabulous geography skills to map read, maths skills to analyse data e.g. population, and ICT/English research skills we were able to learn more about what makes Great Britain so 'Great!'