Friday, 12 February 2016

Fairtrade Festival

I'm speechless! £418.87 raised for the magnificent Edukid! Thank you all so much for your generosity, contributing time and money for this amazing cause! The children should be so proud of this stunning achievement and I know they join me in thanking you all from the bottom of my heart for supporting this so well! 



























Wednesday, 10 February 2016

And some bonus carrot cake...

S, W and D worked collaboratively to use up some left over carrots and to maximise the ingredients we had left. Amazing team work and skills, boys! 




Monday, 8 February 2016

STEM day.... Scrumptious Chocolate

We spent the day investigating solids and liquids, and conducted fair tests into the melting points of different types of chocolate. 

Elicitation....
 


Intital exploration of concepts.... Solids or liquids?!? 


Gathering scientific language...



Reviewing what we've found out so far...


Making predictions... 



What is a fair test? 



"Not changing amounts." (FL)

The investigation...






Gathering data...



Drawing conclusions... 

Most people predicted that white chocolate would melt the most quickly, when it was left in the warm spot, which turned out to be true.  Resting the chocolate on tin foil speeded up the process quite considerably, and we discussed the conductive properties of aluminium, which is a metal. It allows the heat to pass through more quickly and this melts the chocolate more quickly. 

Our results for melting chocolate in our hands were inconclusive, so we'd probably need to repeat the tests to see if we could spot a pattern by gaining more evidence. 







































Thursday, 4 February 2016

Fair Trade in Action

An amazing experience today for class 2 - Debs came in to run a fair trade workshop to help us to understand how difficult it can be for some countries to make money. Some groups (countries) started with loads of resources and lots of money and got producing straight away, while others had neither the resources they needed to start producing, nor anything that other countries wanted to trade. It helped us to explore trading, finance, economics, politics, charity and aid and really challenged our teamwork skills. We even experienced what it was like when a new natural resource is discovered or when a natural disaster occurs...  Who do you think won?