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It has been quite cold

in Greystones so far this Spring

and we haven’t seen any ladybirds yet.


Next week we are going to learn what

Chris Hadfield and ladybirds have in common.

Can you guess?

“Teacher calls it Science. I call it mean” – A Poem by Danielle Sensier !

Living things

Recently we did some experiments

about growing living things!

We put pea seeds in three separate jars.


To one we gave no water.

Another we gave water

but then put the jar in a dark cupboard.


The last jar got water and light.


Teacher asked us what

we thought might happen.

We guessed the jar with no water

would have seeds that didn’t grow at all.


We thought the ones in the dark

wouldn’t grow either.


We thought that the jar

with light and water would grow well.


We were surprised when

the pea seeds kept in the dark grew so much.

We were surprised that the plants were pale yellow.


Now that plant is on the window sill

and we move it round to see it grow towards the light.


Teacher said that this experiment reminded her of a poem


Experiment by Danielle Sensier 


At school we’re doing growing things  

with cress. 

Sprinkly seeds in plastic pots 

of cotton wool. 


Kate’s cress sits up on the sill 

she gives it water. 

Mine is shut inside the cupboard 

dark and dry. 


Now her pot has great big clumps  

of green 

mine hasn’t 

Teacher calls it Science 

I call it mean! 


We also saw how water travels up to the leaves of a plant.

We did this using food colouring.

After two hours traces of the blue food dye

that the celery sticks were in

started to show on the leaves of the plant.


After two days this was the result:

Blue Celery !

We think that is probably mean too!

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Seaside Scavenger Hunt

Today we went on a Seaside Scavenger Hunt.


This is what we collected:
New And Improved Seaside Scavenger Hunt

Choose only things that you can collect

and return safely and without damage

1. A small black pebble

2. A feather

3. A pebble with a hole in it

4. A mermaid’s purse

(dog fish egg case or whelk egg case)

5. A limpet (or part of)

6. A mussel (or part of)

7. A whelk (or part of)

8. Something beautiful

9. Some sea lettuce

10. A sea belt

11. Some bladder wrack

12. Something that makes a noise

13. A small white pebble

14. A pink flower

15. Something soft

16. A yellow flower

17. Something important in nature

(Everything in nature is important!)

18. A small grey pebble

19. Any part of a crab

20. Something that reminds you of yourself

21. A white flower

22. A sun trap (This is anything that captures the sun’s heat)

23. More than 100 of something!

24. Something that the sea has changed

25. A creature’s home

26. Something round

27. A big smile

At the very end, after we have showed each other what we found ,

we left what we found on the beach.

Leave only footprints.

Take away only memories!

Taya found a cowrie 🙂

which is a very unusual find on our local beach.

Well done Taya.

We sent away a ‘message in a bottle’. Maks threw it into the sea and we waved it goodbye.


 “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) 
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”  

ee cummings

Good Dads in the Animal Kingdom


We were learning about good Dads in the Animal Kingdom. Here are some we found out about:

The experts say that there is evidence
that dinosaur dads minded their children
and protected the nest.

The marmoset grooms the baby monkeys,
feeds them and carries them round on his back.

The seahorse is the only male creature that gives birth

Darwin frog
Carries the eggs in a special pocket
in his throat until they hatch into tadpoles.

Siamese fighting fish
Protects the eggs until they hatch.

Emperor penguin
The Emperor penguin keeps his egg warm under his feathers, balanced on his toes. He doesn’t eat for two months while he is waiting for the egg to hatch.

Silverback gorilla
The silverback gorilla protects his children and plays with them.


Good Mums in the Animal Kingdom

Good Mums in the Animal Kingdom.


Our Mums gives us food we like to eat.

A mother swan finds tender shoots that are easy for her babies to swallow.


Your mother loves to play games with you.

A mother cheetah plays a game to show her cubs how to hunt.


If a mother has to leave her baby, she chooses someone she can trust.

Mother giraffes help one another by looking after each other’s babies.


A mother’s voice is special. Babies always know their mother’s voice.


A mother dolphin makes a clicking sound. Her baby knows to follow it from the moment he’s born.


Mothers carry their babies close to them to keep them safe.

A mother orang-utan carries her baby for more than two years. Luckily her arms are strong and powerful.


We are growing peas. The little shoots have just sprouted.