P2M have settled back into school life and are enjoying being in Primary 2 now.
Last week, we received a very unusual message. It was from an alien called Zog who lives in outer space.
Zog asked us if we could teach him some things about life on Earth like how to be a good citizen, how to be a good friend and how to keep safe. Zog said he would help us to learn about outer space.
We thought this was a very good idea and so we sent Zog a signal to let him know that we would help him. We drew pictures of Zog in the playground and they had to be really big so that Zog would be able to see them from up in his space ship.
We are looking forward to helping Zog and learning about outer space over the next few weeks.
This term in Primary 4, our context is Polar Explorers. So far, we have learned about Antarctica and the Arctic, their climates, the explorers who have been there and people who live there.
As part of our learning about explorers, we investigated what materials would be good for keeping a polar explorer warm. We tested our materials (bubble wrap, plastic wool, tin foil and fleece) around bottles of warm water and checked the temperature every 2 minutes. We compared the insulated bottles with a control bottle. The temperature of the control bottle dropped a lot but the insulated bottles only dropped by a few degrees. Surprisingly, the tin foil was the best insulator in the end. Most of us had predicted that the plastic wool would be best!
We have also been learning about Inuit people who live in the Arctic and how they survive the extreme environment. We learned that Inuit don’t actually live in igloos- they actually live in wooden houses. However, they will build igloos if they are travelling and need a shelter. We watched this video http://http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/humanplanetexplorer/environments/arctic#p009lv1r and were amazed that Inuit can build an igloo in only 30 minutes, even though it is freezing cold! Inspired by the video, we tried to build our own miniature igloos. We used mini marshmallows as bricks, polystyrene cups and PVA glue. It was really fun but a real challenge not to eat the marshmallows!
We are looking forward to learning about polar animals next week!