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Electrical conductors and a hungry caterpillar

Does a pencil conduct electricity?

Does a pencil conduct electricity? 1

In science, we have been learning about electricity.  We know how to make circuits and we made our own switches.  Then we learned about conductors and insulators.  Conductors are materials which electricity can pass through.  Insulators do not allow electricity to pass through.  We tested some materials in our circuit and found that a wooden lolly stick and a piece of Sellotape are insulators.  The conductors were foil and a paper clip. 

 

We also tested a pencil.  At first, it did not conduct electricity because we connected one crocodile clip to the pointed end and one to the flat, red end.  Then Miss Harvey sharpened both ends of the pencil, connected the clips to the graphite tips and the electricity flowed through.  Although it didn't make the bulb very bright, it did act as a conductor, as you can see in the photograph.

La chenille qui fait des trous

La chenille qui fait des trous 1
La chenille qui fait des trous 2

In French we have read Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We learned that in French the title is 'The caterpillar who made holes' (La chenille qui fait des trous).  We had to write the French words for all the items which the hungry caterpillar ate.

 

To mark 'International Mother Language Day' we also named some of these items in as many languages as we have in the class.  We learned some Spanish, Urdu, Romanian, Polish as well as Mandarin.  It was really interesting.

Writing about a winter scene

As the weather was quite cold to start this term, we wrote about a winter scene.  We looked at and discussed the print 'Winter Glow' by Annie Soudain.  Then we wrote descriptive paragraphs about the picture. As you can see when you read her writing, Eva found the picture very inspiring.

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