The day has arrived that we start the process of bringing these amazing grains back to life! We have done our research to find out more about these very special grains that have fed civilizations for centuries. We realise the climate in this country is very, very different from the conditions to which these crops are best adapted to but nothing ventured, nothing gained. We really are very interested to find out what happens to the seeds when planted in our Brambleside soil…
Kamut Wheat: Legend has it this ancient grain descends from seeds taken from the tomb of a Pharoh king around 3, 000 years ago. Scientists have discovered that it is very nutritious grain.
Amaranth: This crop was first cultivated 8, 000 years ago. It was also a staple crop of the Aztec nation of Mexico from the 13th century.
Quinoa: Dating back to the Incas in South America in the early 13th century, this grain is still grown in Bolivia and Peru.
Sorghum: One of the top five cereal crops in the world, the earliest known record of sorghum dates back 8, 000 years ago to North Africa.
Millet: An important crop in Asia and Africa, this grain has been an important food staple in human history. A very ancient grain that has been cultivated in East Asia for the last 10, 000 years.
It’s very interesting to note the development of the crops after 2 weeks, kamut wheat is by far the strongest plant, outgrowing the others by far. Red Sorghum, and Amaranth are growing well with Quinnoa, Millet and White Sorghum not germinating well at all.
Exploring how to make components buzz, light and turn…
Excited to share our electrical kits from home. The flying propeller and lie detector was a popular choice!
Learning more about what electricity is, how it is made and the dangers before finding out about working circuits.
Our next goal is to learn the international symbols for the components so that we can represent our own circuits in a diagram for our friends to make. It was fun discovering what happens to the propellers when the direction of the current is reversed and interesting to find out that buzzers only work when connected to the correct battery terminal!
Year 3 were challenged to tune into their sense of smell and sight today as Dr Garry made a return trip to update us on his research and deliver a few exciting experiments to help us understand more about the importance of our senses.
Discovering that our sense of touch improves when our eyes are closed.
Experimenting with paper chromatography was fun. The black pen was the most interesting with many different colours appearing in the wet filter paper.
Exploring contrasting colours and discovering that black on yellow is the easiest to read.
Understanding that light is made of a spectrum of colours. Different living things detect different colours.
At last the frogs have returned and pleased us all by laying their annual batches of frogspawn all over the pond. spring is here again!
Our observation tank returns again. We look forward to be recording all the changes that take place on the journey from spawn to frog…
1 week old. Year 1’s will be watching the development of the tiny tadpoles like hawks!