The Seals News

Experimenting with flowers

We had some white flowers.

We put them in different water pots which each had different colour food colouring in and look what happened!

Look what's happened by the end of the day!

We think this has happened because the water with the colouring in has travelled up the stem to the flower. We are going to experiment with different length stems next and see what happens. We predict that the flowers with shorter stems will change colour quicker.

Planting in the polytunnel (and elsewhere!)

We planted peas in the polytunnel.

We have also planted peas in pots in the classroom and some outside and we are going to see which peas grow best.

Weeding in the polytunnel

Today we weeded in the polytunnel so that we can plant seeds soon.

Non Fiction Books

In reading we are learning about the features of non-fiction books. We used plants books to find the following features: title, author, publisher, contents page, index, glossary, diagrams, instructions, blurb and lots more. P2 and P3 then wrote what each thing was for our display.

 

Sunflowers

Today we planted our sunflower seeds.

First we filled our cups with compost.

We made a small hole in the compost and put the seeds in.

We watered the plants carefully

Our seeds are on the window sill as we think they will need sun to grow.

Plants around the school

This term we are learning about plants. Today we went on a plant hunt round school. You can see what we found by clicking on the nature tab!

Mummifying apples

We have been mummifying apples to find out why the Egyptians put bodies in salt.  We predicted that the apple not put in salt would go mouldy and the apple in salt would dry out.

Here is what they look like so far!

Comparing Ancient Egypt with Ancient Orkney

As it's a bit difficult to visit Ancient Egypt we went to visit ancient sites in Orkney.

We went to Maes Howe first. Maes Howe is a tomb which is 5000 years old - even older than the pyramids!

Then we went to Skara Brae. This is a village which is also 5000 years old. We went in the replica house first to see how people in Ancient Orkney lived.

We went to see the real Skara Brae houses too.

We did some activities in the Skara Brae museum where we found out more about the village and how people lived.

Then we went to visit the Ring of Brodgar. This is a big stone circle. We ran around and counted them all but that was quite tricky as some have fallen over.

Lastly we went to the Standing Stones of Stennes where we tested out the echo!

We had a fantastic day. Thanks to all the people at Historic Scotland who met us on the day, to Ian for driving the bus, the Shapinsay Development Trust for letting us use the bus and the Shapinsay Community Council for helping us with funding the trip and to Louise who came with us on the day.

Mummies!

We made mummies!

Weighing the heart

The Ancient Egyptians believed that when they died they had to travel through the Underworld. Their hearts were weighed against a feather. If your heart was lighter than the feather (because you had been good) then you could get to the land just like Egypt. If you had been bad then your heart was gobbled up.

We weighed our toys to see which were heavier and lighter. Luckily none of them got gobbled up though!

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