School Grounds Day 2016

Well, the weather was absolutely terrible, but this didn’t stop Class AS from playing a full part in School Grounds Day.

The class split up into three groups. The first group went with Miss Hall to ‘tip’ the rosemary plants we planted last year. To ‘tip’ means cutting off the top two inches or so. This allows the plant to grow bushier. The off cuts were planted in pots so hopefully they will grow into new rosemary plants. Four of the girls then went off to work with the rangers (see separate blog post).

A second group went with Mr Stanley to plant daffodils. For children reading this in Kafuro, daffodils are bright yellow flowers that grow from bulbs in the spring season in the UK. They are also the national flower of Wales! At first the children tried digging holes with trowels but it took a long time so Mr Stanley got a better tool for making the holes. After he made the holes the children came along and filled them in with bulbs and soil. They then secured it by stamping on the soil. The children and Mr Stanley also made the initials of  classes AS and KR with the bulbs, so it will be interesting to see what happens when the bulbs flower next year.

The third group worked with Mr Haycock, our site manager, to continue building the bottle greenhouse. This involved cutting bottles to size in order to fit on the bamboo canes and then making sure the canes were taken through to Mr Haycock to be fitted on to the bottle greenhouse frame. Unfortunately, by eleven o’clock the heavens opened and it was soon raining so hard that the slope near the bottle greenhouse became dangerous to walk on as children kept on slipping.

The class went indoors, but when the rain eased a small group went out with Mr Stanley to weed out one of the raised beds. Another group planed five sunflower seeds for the class competition to see which class in Kafuro and Liss can grow the tallest sunflower.

In the afternoon Mr Stanley organised an experiment to see how water can be filtered. Each group had a two litre empty water bottle which had an end cut off and a hole drilled in the bottle top. the bottle had grass, builders sand and stones put in. Next, muddy water was poured into the bottle and dripped through the hole in the bottle top into a measuring jug. This was then poured into the bottle again. After repeated cycles the materials in the bottle began to filter the water, which gradually grew clearer and clearer. We would like to ask our friends in P7 at Kafuro: Apart form boiling water what other methods do you use to filter and purify water?

As the weather is due to improve this week, we hope to finish the bottle greenhouse. We would also like to thank Mr Haycock, Mrs Keane and Mrs Stemp for their help.

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