Thursday, 21 March 2013

Growing Tomatoes from Seed.

We got some tomato seeds, compost, small fibre plant pots and some bamboo canes.

We planted our Tomato seeds in the little pots and we watered them. We will keep them in the classroom.
We also planted some basil.

Our tomatoes are starting to grow.

Can you see the little seedlings in our trays?

Keep watching for more photographs!

Making magnets work!

First of all, we experimented with some magnets.

We discovered that like poles repel and unlike poles attract. We also experimented with different materials and found out what materials magnets stick to (attract) and what magnets do not stick to (repel).

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Yeast bread

Our recipe for bread was 
1 lb of Strong white flour
1 packet of dried yeast
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 pint of warm water

We added the dried yeast to the warm water with the sugar and left it for 10 mins until the mixture was bubbly, indicating that the yeast was alive and was releasing gas bubbles.

We then sieved the flour into a bowl and added the yeast liquid.

We mixed it all together and then we put  the dough on a floured surface.

We kneaded it for a few minutes and then put it back into a bowl to let it rise.

We left the dough for nearly 2 hours to rise.

We kneaded the dough for a few minutes.

We plaited our dough and put it on a baking tray.
We then put our dough into a hot oven at 200 degrees Celsius and baked it for 25 minutes.

Our bread was delicious.

Monday, 4 February 2013

We designed and made a Catapult.

List of equipment:
Lollipop sticks
Rubber bands
Piece of paper or card

We made a triangular pyramid with 8 lollipop sticks. 

We then made an arm with 2 lollipop sticks and attached it to the triangular pyramid 
with some rubber bands.

We then scrunched up a small piece of paper.

We discovered that the more we stretched the elastic band the more energy was stored. Therefore
the object being catapulted would go further.

We had fun with this experiment in class.

Rain Gauge

We made a rain gauge to measure how much rain fell at our school.
We cut a plastic bottle around the middle and we stuck a ruler on the outside of the bottle.
We then put the bottle in a safe place where it would not get knocked over.

We discovered that a lot of rain fell in one night.

Our findings were as follows: Week 1 - 5mm,     Week 2 - 4mm,       Week 3 - 4mm,       Week 4 - 3mm.