Geologists on a Rock hunt!

Year 3 Orange and Gold class visited the Soanes Centre to investigate different types of rocks and the effect of weathering, as our topic this term is Active Planet.

In the centre, we observed and classified rocks according to their characteristics. Our investigations involved making predictions, using equipment (such as magnifying glasses and pipettes) and then observing and testing different types of rocks (both man-made and natural ) within the surroundings of the centre.

  

Some of the rocks that we identified were: granite, limestone, sandstone, marble and slate. We then investigated different properties of rocks such as: permeability, impermeability and whether they were hard or soft, and the effect of weathering and erosion. Did you know that granite is an igneous rock that is extremely hard wearing and will take many decades to erode?
As a result of our trip we are now budding geologists and can not wait to learn more about fossils and rocks from around the world!

Next time when you go out, reflect about how these rocks were formed, their use and how they will erode over time!

Spiders, spiders – everywhere!

It’s Science week at Osmani Primary School – our theme this year is SPIDERS! We have been: observing, identifying, investigating and researching some amazing Spider facts and information. For example, did you know that the largest spider in the world is called the Goliath, bird eating tarantula!  And that some spiders do not spin webs!!!

So far, we have written spider poems and stories, studied the life cycle of a spider, created  information posters, designed and made spider webs and created and conducted a questionnaire (about spiders of course!) to name a few.

So please do talk to your child, to find out more about the fantastic learning that has been taking place.