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The little scientists!

The little scientists!

Well I bet most of you are wrapped up warm in January, cosying up by a fire or playing in the snow. Here at Limpopo it is like living in an oven! It has almost reached 40 degrees this week and we have to make sure we drink lots of water and stay out of the sun as best we can. Talking about water, that is our topic for this term and we have loads of exciting things planned. We are in the process of building / digging a huge map of the local rivers around us. Because the ground is so dry we have had to use lots of tools such as trowels, spades, even a small axe a pick axe for Fidza our oldest and strongest pupil ! We are mapping out the local rivers which are the Limpopo (which is right next to the school and where we saw the hippo from) the Migali, the Sashe and the Pitsane.

Water is very important here as it's what all these amazing animals survive on. We often see elephants splashing and trumpeting around in mud baths! We also see the animals looking sad and thin when the grass dries out and it hasn't rained for a while. At the moment it is the rainy season here and we are waiting for lots of rain to come. When it rains here it really really tips it down and then it gets super hot and sunny again !

We have also been scientists for the day and carried out an experiment to see which materials hold water the best this is because once we have dug our river out we hope to line it with the right material and fill it up.
Please let us know what topic you are looking at and please if you can tell us some interesting things about the water and weather in Britain. How often does it rain? Have you ever been in or seen a flood? Do you like lightning and thunder?

Thanks for looking .

Love Teacher Ellie

p.s. I will put some pictures of the river we are building and the children dressed as scientists up very soon!

Posted by Limpopo school 04:26 Archived in Botswana Tagged water the out little their investigation carrying scientists

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Hooray- we've found you Ellie and Luca! Logie passed this blog address on as we've had no luck with email or Facebook.
What exciting photos and news. Your water projects sounds good. We don't have a rainy season, it just rains a bit most weeks, and the grass almost never dries out. We had quite a bit of snow over the winter, and have been sledging and skiing! It is still snowing in the mountains every now and then. We hope to ski at Cairngorm this weekend.
At home though it is up to 10 degrees in the day now, almost warm enough for the daffodils and blossom to be openning up. The frogs are out and laying frog spawn in our garden pond now that it isn't covered in ice anymore! We have been planting seeds this month- peas, and beans, purple brocolli and pumpkins. We'll be growing carrots and strawberries too. We've given up on peppers! We have to keep the seeds inside at the moment as it is too cold for them outside.
Because we live near the top of the world we had short days and long nights over winter, but now it is getting much lighter and by June it will be bright daylight when the boys wake and when they go to bed. It is exciting to get more sun again!
Enjoy your project, and I'll try and post you a photo!
Jess and the boys xxxx

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