For our first science lesson this half term, we learnt about fossils and how they're formed. In order to re-create the process ourselves, we created our own fossils using clay, shells, plaster of Paris and sand. We're looking forward to excavating them next week and taking on the role of a paleontologist.
Everyone loved excavating the 'fossils' we created. We carefully hit the clay to try and break out the fossils. We used paint brushes to clear them of any sand and clay and they looked really effective. In the same lesson, we learnt about Mary Anning and how she discovered some amazing fossils. We then took part in an active learning activity outside where everyone had to answer as many questions about fossils as they could.
In our science lessons, we've been learning about adaptation and how this idea fits in with Darwin's theory of evolution. The children loved taking part in an experiment to find out which tool would make the best beak. This mimicked some of Darwin's studies on the finches he saw in the Galapagos Islands. The children then produced graphs to show their results and drew their own conclusions.