WORMS MAKING FOR FREEDOM

October 20th 2019 and after a week of worry I decided it was finally time to investigate the wormeries and see if the kilogram of worms were still with us. I am finding the stress and responsibility of these hard to take.

My plan, empty each wormery on an old piece of vinyl, investigate what is there and remake each one as they’ll be alone for a week. This was made more difficult as a very cute and friendly robin has been following me around the garden for the last fortnight and passes behind you after you’ve moved any piece of garden soil.

It was really heartwarming to see oodles of big fat juicy worms fall onto the vinyl. They weren’t moving much but were certainly a good size and huddled together in some big piles. The bottom of the blue wormery was quite wet, this was the one with no drainage. The paper had gone slimy and the potato skins were still undigested. Katrina, your McDonald’s straw is still there, but I think the bacteria might be thinking about working on it. So a new cardboard base, screwed up paper, the worms and then some partially digested compost. Lid back on and ready for off. The robin was flapping around so I posted a guard at the door.

Even the pink wormery had worms but the bottom was slimy with sand and paper- whoops I forgot to take a photo of this. So I’ve made up the box, with fresh cardboard and moved some of the worms from the blue box to the pink one and added more partially digested leaf mould / compost. Lid back on.

I was in two minds as to whether I ought to hold out one for the robin as a treat, but then Miss Crozier came to mind and I couldn’t bear to sacrifice one of the little cuties. Everything back in order, I stepped inside to get cleaned up and then remembered I ought to take a photo of the robin. It was then I noticed the escapees. I’ve no idea where they came from but at least 10 were making their way to freedom down the cracks in the paving and across the slabs. I couldn’t pull one up (see photos). If the robin gets you it isn’t my fault as I did give you a little tug to put you back.

So to the Sophie and Hollie- I’ve not killed them and they ought to be ready for you to get them through the winter next week!

Sorry the photos are in the wrong order with the escapees first.

Worms move in!

Well, Wednesday 4th September one group in the Climate Catastrophe Group built their wormery. We are going to look into recycling of food and break down of fruit and vegetables. Worms do create greenhouse gases, but play an important part in maintaining the soil, which has taken a hammering over the last 60 years.

Unfortunately the worms arrived late on Thursday 5th September and had to be in the wormery before the weekend. The students hadn’t quite finished the wormery, so many came up during their lunch break and helped get the worms a temporary start. Our biggest concern is the amount of moisture that we need. The wormery isn’t a draining one, so getting the air and moisture levels is important. We also had to put all the worms in the one box as the second box wasn’t ready.

Let’s hope the worms make it through the weekend. The suspense is terrible and the temperature this weekend was pretty warm, the first dry weekend in four weeks- drat.

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Climate change

In these posts I’ll try to add content about the most important topic facing our world. I will only use evidence based Science to make my points.

Having Mr Physics on the case helps as he’s been involved in measuring this stuff from the late 1980s to the beginning of the twenty first century.

Here is the definitive link for all things Climate Change, ask an adult if it is too hard.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
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End of Unit Self Assessment

At the end of an S1 Unit of Science answer the following statements as thoroughly and carefully as possible to help your learning and self evaluation, to help you improve on your Science scores. Show your answers to your teacher and at home.

A. In this topic, I mostly enjoyed learning about ____________________
B. The part I found hardest to understand was ________________________
C.  When I got stuck, I _________________________________
D. The most helpful class activities for me were (pick as many as you like):
1. Taking notes from the board,
2. Watching clips,
3. Doing experiments,
4. Listening to the teacher explaining,
5. Watching teacher demonstrations,
6. Whiteboard quizzes,
7. Answering questions in my jotter,
8. Going on the website,
9. Other (please state) ______________________________
E. To revise for my test, I ____________________________
F. Now I wish I had also ________________________________
G. I still find ___________________ hard to understand.
H. I would like to ask about _______________________________

If there is anything else you would like to add let your teacher know.

Where to find the materials

For Macaulay’s Kahoot try

https://create.kahoot.it/share/duplicate-of-healthy-planet/ca2f9cbe-1373-4d79-972d-99979de64e44

Update: 20th August

The Science Faculty have requested that materials for Chemistry and Biology will be hosted on GLOW and here, on the school website.

Make sure that you get your password and username from your Science Teacher.

Sorry if you quite liked the material on here, but I’ve been told to remove it.

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