We carried out a creeeeepy science experiment today (it was 31st October after all). If you want to try it at home all you have to do is follow these easy steps.
Step 1: Put 80ml of water in a mixing bowl
Step 2: Gradually add 100g of cornflour (do not mix)
Step 3: Leave to sit for 5 minutes
Step 4: Punch the mixture
Step 5: Try to lift the mixture up and make a ball
When you run your fingers through it, it acts like a liquid. But when you punch it, it becomes hard and behaves like a solid. (If it doesn’t, try adding some more cornflour.)
How and why
The cornflour particles are suspended in the water, so it flows like a liquid. But when you apply a force to it, the particles lock together, acting like a solid. As soon as the force stops, the slime goes back to being runny.
This is P7A’s story mountain. We have been looking at writer’s craft and the different stages of the structure of a story so we were introduced to the story mountain. The story mountain has five stages, the opening, the build – up, the climax/problem, the resolution and the ending. There is also the option of adding a turning point which changes the reader’s opinion about something, you can put the turning point anywhere in your story but it normally goes between the build – up and the climax or the climax and the resolution.
We have worked hard to create our story mountain and we are finding it very helpful when writing our stories.
We have had an amazing Anderson Shelter in our role play corner for our WW2 topic. We wanted to make something equally as fun for our new Fair Trade topic. We came up with some ideas of what it could be and have decided on a work room for our new business. We think it should begin as a normal work room but can be transformed to a super Fair Trade work room as we learn more about Fair Trade.
We have been looking at the link between fair trade and human rights. We wanted to research how Fair Trade works and why it is important. We found out some shocking facts that will make us think about the products we buy in the shops.
More than 4500 products are Fair Trade. We are not always buying these products.
Some workers on unfair cocoa plantations are forced to work 12-18 hours a day and their only break is for sleep.
Fair Trade farmers receive fair income for their work and better working conditions.
Most cocoa plantations are in the Ivory Coast.
Slaves working on unfair cocoa plantations can be beaten and hurt if they try to escape.
15000 children between the ages of 8-12 were working on cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast.
The first US protocol to protect cocoa farmers was put into place on the 30th November 2001 but it did not last as there were too many loopholes.
A cocoa worker on an unfair trade farm gets 1% of how much the bar is sold for.
Children end up being sold to cocoa plantations to help the family make money. Children can be sold for as little as $1. Some children are trafficked for work.
In Pakistan children as young as 5 are forced to work for 11 hours a day.
43% of the world’s cocoa plantation are in the Ivory Coast and use underpaid workers, children or slaves.
Fair Trade products are not just limited to food. Footballs can also be Fair Trade. Fair Trade cotton allows for clothes to be Fair Trade.