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Shuan, Bitzer and the rest of the flock are stranded in the big City and they need your help to get back to Mossy Bottom Farm. Your challenge is to invent a cracking contraption to transport them back home!
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It was great to see each other again after our break. It was especially exciting to have Henry and Lewella back with us again. After sharing our highlights from our holidays and how we were doing, Henry and Lewella kindly gave out gifts to us all from their travels. They have to the school a beautifully crafted set of hanging scales used in the markets which we can use to weigh things.
In Chemistry we learnt that air is made up of Oxygen 17% and Nitrogen 78% and did an experiment that showed how hard it is to swash air using water and food die. When we burnt a candle the oxygen in the air was burnt up and meant the water level rose in our air tight container over water so the water was higher on the inside than outside! That looked strange. We also mixed two compounds together (manganese dioxide and hydrogen peroxide) which reacted together to produce lots of oxygen gas and when we lit our tappers and blew them out and places them in the test tubes they relit with a bright flame. It was fun and beautiful. We also learnt that when nitrogen gas gets very cold (-200 degrees centigrade) it freezes stuff.
The weather has been changeable and this is the first time it has rained at Southstoke. The yurt is lovely and warm and the front room a great space too so when the rains pours we are happy and dry.
Chromatography in chemistry this week and another hands on experiment thanks to Chris. Toby did his food share with some delicious lemon drizzle muffins, thanks Toby. We are also considering the birds this week and Frances bought in the ingredients for us to make our own bird feeders which were places around our site ready for some bird watching this week. The weather got more and more beautiful today and by the afternoon it felt like the promise of summer was in the air.
So here is you space to share your research on our very own compost toilet (shall we give it a name, is it a boy or girl?!)
Thank you Sam for sharing your research that the urine (another word for wee!) is good for plants due to a chemical it contains so it's separated out. Anyone know what that chemical might be?
Some more things to ask:
Why is there willow around the pit?
Where does the wee go?
Why doesn't it smell?
Why do we use sawdust in the poo pit?
Why doesn't everyone have a compost loo?
How do most of the loos in this country work?
Answers below please and any diagrams welcome too! Oh and if you want to make up a song about it with the above info in that could be added to our Greenhouse song repertoire go ahead, get started :-)
Here is Curtis' diagram he did today
Our working party on Saturday getting organise and ready to go for the move. Thanks to all the parents and children who helped out and worked hard, what a great job done.
A full day of orientation, nature free play, looking at how the dye from a red cabbage can be used to indicate if something is acid, neutral or alkali (thanks Chris), icicles, singing, thinking about sustainability, housekeeping and recycling (thanks Mel), den building, food sharing (thanks Beth for our sausage hot dogs warmed on the fire). A wonderful day exploring and settling into our new home. What fun there is come.
Mudslides, music, archaeological findings and excavations, digging, school within the school, philosophy hour. One of the children said today on arriving in the grounds with a dusting of frosty ice and a cosy yurt 'its even more magical than yesterday'. It really is a winter wonderland.
Please remember to bring down a log for the fire when you arrive and bring your research on compost toilet - why do we separate wee and poo on our wonderful compost loo?
Wednesday has been another beautiful day. Lots of fun with mud, fires, storytelling with artefacts we have discovered, collecting sticks, thinking more about recycling - did you know it takes 450 years for a nappy to disappear in landfill. It was great to have Eva with us here on her first day. Remember to research compost toilets and bring in some anything bird related of interest as next week we are going to feed the birds and do some twitching :-)