On Thursday 17th March, Year 5 were visited by scientists from the John Innes Research Centre.
In Tereshkova class, we looked at the symbiosis of different microbes. We separated microbes and bacteria from plant roots using DiH2O using a pestle and mortar before placing it on a petri dish with agar jelly in. This will feed the bacteria and help it grow. We even got to wear lab coats and gloves to keep our own microbes from growing!
In Curie class we started with a range of scientific activities: we looked at leaf-cutter Ants from Brazil, explored materials using digital microscopes, looked under real microscopes at a range of bacteria and finally separated and are going to grow bacteria from the soil of Drake's garden area.
In the second part of the day the children wrote their own poems based on THE DOOR by Miroslav Holub, embedding what they have learnt in the morning session.
In the final part of the day the children looked at the work of Jasper Johns. They used oil pastels and ink resist to recreate their own art based on a range of scientific vocabulary including bacteria, streptomyces, cyanobacteria, geosmin, diatoms, antibiotics and chromatography.