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Science Day

It was science day on Friday and Mexico had a fabulous time exploring volcanoes.

We found out how and why volcanoes erupt and we tried to recreate this reaction using lemons, white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.

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We had lots of fun, but the eruption wasn’t big enough!

So we used bottles instead of lemons and repeated the experiment.

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It still wasn’t big enough so we investigated what would happen if we used cans of diet coke and added menthos sweets instead of baking soda.  When you drop menthos mints into diet cola, the bubbles in the cola want to escape and are pushed up high out of the can.  It does look a lot like larva erupting from a volcano.

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But this STILL  wasn’t big enough!  So we used large bottles of diet cola and whole packets of menthos.  We investigated how high we could make the coca cola erupt from the bottle, using varying amounts of menthos mints.

We found the best eruption was made using one  full packet of menthos, pushed quickly into the bottle.  It soared to above an amazing 4 metres high.  You have to be very quick and move out of the way, before the cola erupts!

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Our First Harvest

Friday saw Mexico class harvest their first beans!

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We grew these beans plants from seeds back in the Spring term and we have watched them grow and grow.  Now they are as tall as our classroom building and full of fresh, green beans.  We may soon have enough for a roast dinner!

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Year 2 Visit to Kingsbury Water Park

Year 2 had a fantastic time on Monday at Kingsbury Water Park minibeast hunting!

The weather was kind to us and we enjoyed hunting for all sorts of invertebrates in different habitats within the park.

Have a look at our photos.

Pond Dipping:

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In The Woodland

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In The Meadow

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MINIBEAST MADNESS Topic Launch

Year Two have had a great first week, launching their new topic Minibeast Madness!

We leaned the words to “The Ugly Bug Ball” and added musical instrument to build up texture in our piece of music.

We made minibeast hats to wear in our final performance and then recorded our final performance for you to enjoy.  Here it is!

We have begun to find to find out about minibeasts, habitats, life cycles and food chains.  We are looking forward to our trip to Kingsbury Water Park this week, where we shall be minibeast hunting in meadows and woodlands and also looking for watery minibeasts when we pond dip!

We also welcomed some new arrivals to our class this week – Baby caterpillars!

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We shall be watching them grow and change over the coming weeks, studying their life cycles.

They are teeny tiny at the moment, but not for long!

 

 

Our Trip To London.

Mexico class enjoyed a fantastic trip to London this week.

We had a great time searching for dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.

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We went on a tour of London and saw some of the sights.

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We viewed some of the most famous paintings in the world at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

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We looked at “A Roman Triumph” painting by Peter Paul Rubens.  We shall be looking at this in more detail at school.

 

Back at school the next day, we enjoyed drawing some of the dinosaurs that we had seen, on the playground outside.

 

EVACUATE!    

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Mexico Class enjoyed a fabulous Evacuee Day to celebrate the end of a brilliant topic.  All the children dressed up as evacuees for the day, taking part in several different activities.

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In the afternoon we held a tea party and enjoyed a good old English cup of tea, sandwiches and scones with jam and cream.  But it wasn’t as simple as that!  The children learned about rationing and had to choose the items they wanted for their afternoon tea, with only a small number of ration vouchers.  They had to choose very carefully!

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