Monday, November 10, 2014

Algebra - Families of Facts

During our Algebra unit in maths we looked at the relationships between numbers.
We used equals, greater than and less than signs to create equations.
We took an addition equation and discovered that it didn't matter which way round we added the numbers we still got the same answer. Then, using the same 3 numbers, we created two subtraction equations.
Two addition equations and two subtraction equations - a whole family of facts!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Changes Inquiry

For our Changes Inquiry different groups in Room 15 investigated different types of changes. One group investigated the changes that occur when making different types of bread. Another group attempted to make paper out of flax. A number of groups made crystals out of different materials. You can find out more about all of these inquiries by looking at the presentations below.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blended Learning

Science Changes

As part of our new inquiry of Science Changes our homework challenge was to find out information about Science. We could look at experiments and investigations, branches of Science such as Chemistry and Biology, or individual famous scientists.

Take a look at our amazing learning below...

Anyone Can Bake

Icey Pancakes

1 cup self raising flour                                         
1 cup of rice milk
2 tsp of sugar
½  tsp of baking soda
pinch of salt
2 eggs
finely  grated rind of ½ lemon
3 tsp melted butter
1 cup currants or blueberries   
ice cream

Mix all the ingredients except the butter and the berries to make a smooth batter (if you prefer to, use a food processor.)
Beat in the butter and berries.
Lightly grease a frypan and cook a ladleful of mixture at a time over a medium heat, tilting the pan to spread the batter evenly into a large pancake.
As bubbles form, turn to cook the other side.
Cook until it turns golden brown and fully cooked through.
Makes 7-8 large pancakes.

by Fionn

Friday, September 5, 2014

Revolting Kitchen

Floating Letters

Swirling Milk

Swirling Milk

To find out what would happen to food colouring in milk once dishwashing liquid was added.

I think that when the food colouring is added to the milk it will change colour. Then when the dishwashing liquid is added it will take the colour away. Just like when I wash up.

  • dishwashing liquid
  • food colouring - 3 colours
  • milk - blue top - room temperature
  • saucer

  1. Pour milk into the saucer to a depth of about 4 mm.
  2. Put 1 or 2 drops of the first food colour in, near the edge of the saucer.
  3. Put 1 or 2 drops of the other food colours into the milk spread out around the edge of the saucer.
  4. Put 2 or 3 drops of dishwashing liquid into the middle of the milk in the saucer.
  5. Watch

When the food colouring was put into the milk it stayed together in a blob. When the dishwashing liquid was put into the milk the colour began to spread apart. The colours started to swirl around and when they met they merged together to form different colour combinations.

The food colouring stayed together, it didn’t change the colour of the milk. The dishwashing liquid did not take the colour away, it made the colour swirl around and mix faster.

Whats going on here?
The dishwashing liquid breaks down the surface tension of the fat in the milk. The dishwashing liquid sinks because it is denser than the milk. This makes the milk and the colour swirl and the dishwashing liquid sinks and the fat breaks up. As the food colouring mixes with the milk, its motion produces the beautiful patterns of swirling colour that you observe.

Science Day

Science Day was the beginning of our new inquiry unit about Change. We spent the whole morning visiting 5 classrooms and completing 10 out of the 15 science experiments on offer.