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?
As part of our Alchemy Island topic, in Creativity, we have been studying the properties of different materials that we have found during our quest across this mystical land. We have classified them according to their state, transparency, electrical conductivity and magnetism. Using the knowledge we have learned, we decided to create an experiment to test the solubility of materials in water. During this fair test, we looked at how materials such as: salt, sugar, vegetable oil and yeast, dissolved in hot and cold water.
We hypothesised that some materials would dissolve easier in hot water due to the heat. In addition, we recorded our observations in a table.
In Creativity, as part of our Alchemy Island topic, we have been looking at how the crystals found in Crystal Hedge Forest, increase in mass when they are submerged in water over time.
At regular time intervals of five minutes, we observed how much the crystals had increased in mass by weighing them using a set of sensitive scales.
We recorded our results and presented them using a line graph. We noticed that the rate in which the mass increased, slowed down as time progressed.
At the end of June, to celebrate our achievements this year, we went on a fantastic outdoor activity visit to Dukes Barn on the Chatsworth Estate. During the visit, we completed tasks which involved working as a team, and challenging ourselves.
We really enjoyed Canoeing on the Emperor Lake at Chatsworth, and Abseiling down the 80 foot Viaduct at Millers Dale!