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9R Planting Marigolds

We have been learning about Mexico this half term. Marigolds have symbolic meanings in Mexico; they are used to decorate Offrendas (shrines) to celebrate Mexican day of the dead. 9R have got the planting bug, we put compost into our pots then  planted the marigolds. We felt the compost and smelled  the leaves and flower buds. Now we will wait for the flowers to open!

9R Making Jam Tarts

This afternoon we made jam tarts, we poured a pastry mixture into a bowl, added water then gave it a mix, took it in turns to knead the dough and roll it out. We then tasted and smelled the jam – ooh lime and strawberry! We spooned the jam into our pastry cases, then baked them in the oven.  Our jam tarts looked really yummy when cooked. We made some letters using the left over pastry and asked pupils to find their initial sound.

    

9R Watering the lavender we planted

Today we ventured out into our Sensory Garden, we looked, felt and had a smell of the lovely lavender that we had planted a couple of weeks ago. Our lavender needed a drink so we used our watering can to give our plants a drink.

9R and the jazzy jellyfish

Continuing our under the sea project….9R had lots of fun painting cling-film with UV Paint, we used different painting tools to make our marks. Then we turned the lights down to see our work glow. We made a wire frame to make a jelly fish, the wire was covered with the cling-film we had painted. We explored different textures and coloured materials. With support, pupils wove materials through the holes in the mesh, and made long tentacles for our giant jelly fish. Pupils were very excited to see the final jelly fish dangling over the side-lyer.

9R Planting In The Sensory Garden

We went into our sensory garden to plant our lavender, we all had a feel of the lavender then a smell. We dug a hole for the lavender plant to go in, then we watered them. We all enjoyed the sunshine.  Thank you to Miss Dando and her group from building our planter.

9R Zoo Lab

9R had a fabulous time visiting Zoo Lab ! They came face to face with an African Land Snail, a snake and a Tarantula! Now which one should we get as  a classroom pet?

9R Dyeing eggs for Easter

As part of our Easter celebrations, 9R explored natural and man-made dyes. We wrapped eggs in onion skin and boiled them; as well as boiling eggs in brightly coloured dyes of the pupils’ choice. Pupils looked at the finished eggs to see which had been the most effective.

9R Egg jarping!

9R had a lot of fun trying out a traditional Easter game of egg jarping. Pupils chose one of our beautifully dyed eggs and rolled it down a ramp to see which ones would survive and which would get smashed. The least damaged egg wins!

9R Sowing Beans

Continuing with our topic of growth, pupils in 9R explored seeds and beans of different sizes and varieties. Pupils sowed Runner Bean seeds in clear planters filled with cotton wool. They watered

them and are going to observe their seeds to see how the root structures grow. Pupils developed their Numeracy skills by counting the seeds and pointing to the big or small seeds. Pupils communicated which colour seeds or varieties of Beans they wanted to sow. We used our different senses to explore the tactile properties of the soil, water and seeds.

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9R Making Bread Buns

This afternoon 9R made bread buns, we used an electric whisk and a switch to mix the dough. Our bread buns looked really yummy when they were cooked.