# Water, Shapes and Festivals of the World.

Our new science and maths topic is water.  Today we have been doing a test of hot water and cold water to see which freezes first and how much ice would grow in each.  At first the hot water froze quicker and then the cold water nearly completely froze over.  The test isn’t finished yet, but right now we think the cold water has the most ice in it, but I still have a hunch that the hot water will freeze over and have more ice in it in the end.  Tell us, what do YOU think will happen?

We’ve also been working on shapes as part of Maths.  We’ve done one display on shapes and we’re still finishing the second display.  We’re learning the names of 2D shapes.  First we did regular shapes and then we did irregular shapes.  Examples of four sided irregular shapes are a Rhombus and a Parallelogram.  Examples of regular shapes are a Nanagon, which has nine sides, and a Heptagon, which has seven sides.

We also found out about the Day of the Dead as part of our topic Festivals of the World!  The Day of the Dead happens in Mexico when on 31st October when families gather at a cemetery, where there are graves.  They light candles and put up pictures of people who have passed away.  They cook their favourite food and leave it on their gravestones.   They also sprinkle marigold petals to make a path for the Dead to pass through.  If pictures of the dead people aren’t put up they cannot pass through from the dead world to our world.  It is not a sad time for the living people, for they have three days of celebrating their loved ones’s lives.  There is lots of music, and singing and colour, with most people wearing very colourful clothes.

We know about the Day of the Dead because our teacher Miss Fee has been to Mexico before for Day of the Dead.  Here’s a picture of her in full costume.

By Maggie, P5