On Tuesday we went to Bristol Zoo as part of our topic about Brazil. Bristol Zoo has lots of animals from South America and we enjoyed seeing them in real life. There was even an area called Zona Brazil!
The education session was very interesting - we learned about the rainforest, how animals use camouflage, smelled rainforest plants and much more. We stroked a milk snake and a tenrec. We even held giant hissing cockroaches! We were very proud of Mrs Jackson who held a very active cockroach which made a bid for freedom up her arm!
Making the most of some temporarily glorious weather Eagles played rounders on the village field on two afternoons this week! We are looking forward to the Stanway Rounders tournament.
On Thursday afternoon the Eagles conducted an experiment with yeast and balloons as we have been looking at living organisms. They had a film canister containing a teaspoon of sugar, a packet of yeast and 10ml of warm water. They placed a balloon over the top of the canister then measured its diameter every 10 minutes. Some of the balloons (especially the ones by the climbing wall) became huge - the biggest measured 28cm. We kept one in the fridge too - we thought light might affect the size but it still grew to 12cm even though it was dark. So we worked out that the yeast needed warmth and food to release carbon dioxide. Some of the balloons didn't really inflate and we discovered, when we looked at them, the rubber had stretched very thinly and allowed the gas to escape.
Eagles challenged Mrs Holt and Mr Major to a game of Call My Bluff this week. Each pair chose a word from the dictionary that they thought we wouldn't know and provided a real definition and a made up one.