As part of our 'Sow, Grow and Farm' topic in Creativity, we visited Tideswell Allotments in order to investigate the amenities it has to serve the local community.
With help of our brilliant guide Mrs Clements, we learnt how people shared resources and equipment, as well as learning how plot owners improve soil quality and drainage using raised beds and natural fertiliser (manure) off local farmers around the village.
Some plot owners also keep chickens to provide fresh eggs!
Using our notes and observations, we then wrote a conclusion about how well the Allotment serves the village - taking into account it's location, and on-site amenities such as running water.
A huge thank you to Mrs Clements and Tideswell Allotment Association for all their help in allowing us to access the plots.
During our 'Sow, Grow and Farm' topic in Creativity, we have been looking at how plants reproduce. We have looked at how some plants reproduce using Sexual Reproduction - through pollinators such as Bees and Butterflies - to create variation, and how some use Asexual Reproduction - through tubers or bulbs - in order to produce genetically identical offspring.
We also carefully dissected flowering plants in order to identify it's sexual reproductive parts e.g. Stigma, Style, Anther, Filament.
The Carpel (Stigma, Style and Ovary) is the female part of a flowering plant.
The Stamen (Filament and Anther) is the male part of a flowering plant.
In our 'Pharaohs' topic, as part of our Creativity programme of study, we have been investigating the Mummification process and how the Ancient Egyptians prepared the dead for the afterlife. We have looked at how small charms called cartouches, containing the pharaoh's name, were placed on the mummified body (inside the sarcophagus) in order to provide protection to the soul and ward off evil.
Using photographs of artefacts found inside the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, we designed and created our own cartouches out of modelling clay. We decorated our intricate designs using hieroglyphs which spelt out our own names or initials.
Which cartouche design is your favourite?