In our first two lessons this half term, we learnt all about fossils. Everyone was fascinated to learn all about how they're formed and what they tell paleontologists about creatures from the past. All the children loved having the opportunity to create their own 'fossils' with clay, shells, sand and plaster. Although the process only represents the process of fossilisation, it was great to see everyone's reactions at the dried plaster. No-one could believe how much they looked like the shells. What do you think?
As part of our learning about adaptation, we conducted our own experiment to find out what tool would work best as a beak. We were inspired by Darwin's studies on the finches he found of the Galapagos Islands. We chose what tools we wanted to use and a food type, such as nuts or fruit, and we timed ourselves to see how many of each food type we could collect. Interestingly, the spoon seemed to be the most effective at picking up most of the different food types.