Having explored Ancient Egypt last term, we are continuing our exploration of African culture through a collection of traditional African tales.
We have been learning how to use the internet safely to research the countries where the stories originated. The children used their research to create fact files of each country.
Looking at the patterns to be found in nature (african animals and landscapes) has helped us understand the geometric patterns often seen in african art. The children have used their maths knowledge of parallel, perpendicular, horizontal and vertical lines, regular and irregular polygons and different angles to help them create designs and patterns for their own african calabash ( pot).
Now that summer is beginning, we are studying plants in science lessons. Last week we learned how different root systems work and this week we tested one child’s hypothesis that the plant needs the stem to carry water from the roots to the rest of the plant. We set up a test with celery to see if we could prove the hypothesis. Some groups discovered that the the tops of their celery had turned blue which showed that the coloured water had travelled up the stem to the top, which proved the hypothesis.