Week 32 ~ The Chemistry Of Cake

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Lots of opportunities for nature study this week! I visited the park with Rose, who had a good time with the pigeons.

Unfortunately our cat caught a young Blue Tit this week. It was very sad, but it did give us the opportunity to study the bird close up.

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My sketch, too.

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In better news, Rose planted a Horse Chestnut last autumn, & it appears to have grown, despite coming out of its pot in the gales we had during winter! Fingers crossed for our wee seedling – Rose is hoping to plant it out in the woods when it is big enough.

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The caterpillars are coming along nicely. We have been measuring them daily & recording their growth on a graph in our nature journals.

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Elianna working on her maths – the four processes with negative numbers at the moment.

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Rose has been observing snails. A lot. She pays a huge amount of notice to creatures & this has led to lots of smashing questions on her part. Plus snail races…lots of snail races. If you too would like to hold snail races, you can find printables here.

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The winners had podiums…

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Maths & Language Arts

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Rose has been busy rescuing more exhausted bees…

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We heard on Radio 4 that exhausted bees need our help, so Rose has been paying close attention whilst out in the garden. She has her own pot of cupboard which she keeps in the science cupboard, ready for insect emergencies!

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Here is a wee video of Rose & her latest bee friend..

Science Club this week was a round up of our first unit – Chemical Fundamentals. The girls baked fairy cakes & we spent time discussing the chemical reactions taking place. I made myself a print out of info gathered from around the ‘web all about the Chemistry of Baking A Cake. I am happy to email a copy to anyone who would like one.

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Playing with a friend

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Rose has been enjoying Eco Kids Magazine. We subscribed last week & the first issue arrived very quickly. Because of the time we ordered, our second issue arrived this week, too!

Plus all the regulars; English, maths & Latin. I found a great new resource for Rosie’s Latin & Greek roots; Greek & Latin Roots: Interactive Notebook. This is a smashing printable, with really great graphics to colour in.

Books we are reading this week;

Rose:

The Enchanted Wood

A Year On The Farm

Gazzilions of the Usborne Beginners

A Child’s History Of The World

Elianna:

Mockingjay

Anne Frank: The Diary Of A Young Girl.

This is really dragging on now – the child needs to finish this book, but she has really lost interest.

The View From The Oak – This is a smashing book, recommended by a wonderful friend. A great living science book.

Happy Weekend!

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