The children of Cockenzie nursery and primary helped the community council plant trees in the school grounds. They watched as the digger dug the large holes and the community council lifted the trees into them. The children then helped put the soil back into the ground.
We looked at a puddle in the grass. The grass was all soggy because the rain had fallen on the grass and made the soil wet.
Then we went to the Quiet Garden and found bulbs growing under a tree. Bulbs need water to grow.
We know that plants need water to grow because when we grew cress, the seeds without water did not grow.
We looked at the roots of some grass. A plant takes water in from the soil through it’s roots and the water travels through the rest of the plant.
We found a twig that had fallen from a tree. When we looked inside it was dry. The twig had no roots so there was no water inside.
Then we went to the Outdoor Classroom and found a pond. We know that some animals live in a pond and tried to think of as many as we could……frogs, ducks, fish, snails.
The tap at the sink reminded us that water is taken by pipes from a reservoir to homes and schools, so that we can turn on a tap to get water.
We found a water butt too and we worked out how water falls from the clouds onto the roof, then the pipes take the water to a big barrel where it is collected so that it can be used to water plants. It’s very important not to waste water and we are going to think about this more next week.
We had lots of fun this afternoon and our photographs will help us remember what we have learned.
We have been learning about some Old Testament stories. We have sung songs about Noah’s Ark and made Lego animals, roared like lions in drama for Daniel in the Lions’ den and made collages of Jonah and the Whale.
Last Friday it was P1M’s turn for assembly. We are learning about water just now, so we explained to the other classes what we have been finding out.
We used coloured water to make pictures in the ice. The ice was so cold that the coloured water froze.
We wanted to find out why the gritter lorries put salt on the icy roads so we took some ice into the classroom to find out. We put salt on one bowl of ice but no salt on the other. The bowl with the salt melted quickly and this showed us that salt is spread on icy roads so that the ice will melt quickly.
We finished our Assembly with a poem about a snowman.