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Science Week

We learnt so much!

In April the Jackals ( the older class) took part in a Science week. We had great fun and learnt about so many things;
First we had a science hunt and searched around the school for anything about science, we tried to sort them into Biology , Physics and Chemistry.
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We soon found out that science is often a mixture of the 3. When we do lots of exercise our muscles work hard (biology), how they move our bodies is also physics. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out Carbon Dioxide ( chemistry)
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Then we acted out a play about Isaac Newton. He sat under a tree reading a book.
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and an apple fell on his head. What made that happen? GRAVITY!
There is less gravity on the moon so you could jump 7 x higher. Fidza could jump higher than the classroom if he was on the moon! Here is Philippa jumping.
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Gravity is a force, we had fun with forces and a tug of war. Why do you think we measure force in Newtons? ( remember the apple and the tree).
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The Bush Babies ( younger class) helped with the tug of war.
We dropped a rock, a feather and a Monopoly house from the climbing frame. We tested our predictions for which would hit the ground first, we made it a fair test by tipping them off a board. Gravity was the same on all 3 but the rock and monopoly house didn't have as much drag ( friction) as the feather. The feather was the slowest. We added a toy car as well- that rolled off the board first so it wasn't a fair test.
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The sun has gravity it holds all the planets in place. we made a model of the solar system and then we found out lots of information about the planets. We made fact files and tested each other.
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Saturn and Jupiter are the gas giants. We used the parachute to explain about solid liquid and gas. When something is solid the molecules don't have much energy in them, they have a bit more for liquid and loads of energy for gas.IMG_0978.jpg270_IMG_0988.jpgIMG_0986.jpg

Science is such fun and its all around us.
We even made model gliders and took them to the horse school to fly. They flew so high they got stuck in the prickly Acacia treesP4161052.jpgP4161056.jpg

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Swimming Time

by Jamie Carelsen, Age 6

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I go with my mum and my teacher and with my frens and with my dogs.
We drive ther with a hilax we sit at the back of the truck. We don’t have seats or belts! Sometimes we go in a game drive which does have seats but no belts. 11 people can sit in a game drive so it has lots of room!
Yesterday we saw a leopard, it was trying to hunt a warthog. We drove off the track to the leopard and we also saw zebras, impala , wildebeest . On the way we sang some songs. And when we got to the swimming pool there were loads of elephants right there. We had to make loads of noise so the elephants ran away. We sang the hokey cokey to scare them off! We tried to take a picture of the leopard, it was in the grass in the shade.
Just before seeing the leopard our teacher got out of the car and took a picture of all of us for the blog!
We have new children who have never been swimming before and we took them there, I think they were very excited to see the pool and swim there and they enjoyed it, there names are Wangu and Albert. My little brother also jumped in the pool. His name is Adam. He uses a noodle because he is still learning and his is young. At school we call the older children the Jackals and the younger children the Bush Babies.
I did a front flip into the swimming pool, here is a video of it. And my friend Luca also did a front flip, there is a video of him doing it too.
It is fun because we see lots of wild animals and we drive through the bush and up and down a river.
It is not so fun becos it is bumpy and hot.

Did you know that a warthog can kill a cheetah with its tusks. Warts hogs are actually very dangerous and strong. Its funny when they run because their tails go high up.
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This term

January

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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!

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This term

January

sunny

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 Comments (1)

Hello From Fidza

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Hello my name is Fidza. I am 8 old . My birthday is the 2nd of May .My friends are called Jamie, Aide, Luca and my sistrer is called phillipa, she also comes to school with me. In my class there are 4 children. My favourite animal is a Loin. I like Loins because they are strong. I have seen lion lots of times .I am best at Art at school. I like playing lego with my friends.
Before school today a guide came to school and he said Cleo the dog is barking at a hippo!So then all the children went running to see and then we saw it and it was swimming and the guide told us that they do not swim he said they walk under the river on the river floor. It was cool! Do you see animals at your school in the morning? How many people are in your class? Have you got a favourite animals from Africa? I could take a picture of one if I see it! Goodbye, from Fizda .

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