Sandy, silty or clay?

This afternoon, Year 3 ventured outside to take part in some ‘soil testing’, as part of our Geography project.

First, they learnt that soil is a material found on the surface of the Earth’s crust and that it is made from a mixture of organic matter (dead and decayed animals and plants), air and eroded rock particles. They also learnt that soil is in fact one of the world’s most important natural resources and that is has many important functions, including holding water and providing anchorage for plant and tree roots.

Once they had gathered their soil samples from different locations around our school grounds, they used their ‘Soil Key’ to help them carry out small tests to identify which type of soil each sample was – sandy, silty or clay!

Year 3, you were superb soil testers! Well done!

Miss Hutton


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