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It's time to learn something! Are you ready? Here goes. Most of the things you know, you didn't learn in a classroom*. There! I said it! Sorry teachers, I know we promised to keep it a secret, but I think it's time they knew. A lot of the really important stuff you know, you learnt because you just found it useful. - or interesting. End of Lesson 1.
That star thing (*) is called an 'asterisk'. The name doesn't really matter but when you see one, it means that the author wants to point out something else. So, if you spot a *, look for another one and you'll find out what else they wanted to tell you. End of lesson 2!
*The things you learn in the classroom are still very important things to know. For example, we learn to read so we can delve into other people's worlds, their thoughts, ideas and experiences. We learn to write because writing is a really effective way of sharing our own ideas. The better we get at these things, the more ideas get shared. The ideas our teachers share with us are like doors they open for us. You can pop your head inside and choose to go through and learn more or visit another room to learn about something else. Our 'Knowledge Quest' is just another door.
You can find out more about the knowledge quest by clicking here.
BUT! Do you want to nab yourself a certificate?
Then read on!
Leo from Year 3 popped into The Spot one day and we were talking about the solar system, the universe and really big numbers. Then Leo asked, "How long would it take to count to a trillion?" So, we worked it out.*
Turns out, it would take about 475 years and six months. (if you counted for eight hours a day and actually said the numbers). Then I wondered what was happening 475 years ago. Back then, Henry VIII was king and that was the year his favourite ship, the Mary Rose, sank during battle. Some pretty interesting things can happen in a day.
And that's where your new knowledge quest begins. Have a think, talk to your family, do some research and tell us:
What do you think was the most important day in history and why?
As usual, you can share your ideas however you like. A poster, a video, a piece of art or you could even be really creative and write about it. It can be any day since time began but it must only be ONE day.
We look forward to hearing your ideas - Certificates will be awarded for exceptional thought, creativity, or dedication. Off you go!
*You can have a look at the maths here if you find that sort of thing interesting.
Thanks for asking! Well, like I said, most of the things you know, you didn't learn in the classroom. Most of the things you know, you know because you either found it useful or interesting. Here, we're going to be looking more closely at some of the things we might find interesting. So, if you have a question or some knowledge you'd like to share, join in!... Or don't; like anything else at The Spot, taking part is a choice.
Today, I was asked a super-interesting question that I kind of knew the answer to, but I needed to find out a bit more before I could answer it. Life's full of those moments, where somebody says something that sparks your imagination and makes you say, 'Yeah, what's going on there?' (The word for that is inquisitiveness') It led me to think; maybe we could help each other out. Maybe, we could find the answers to each others' questions together.
So, that's what this page is all about. Learning interesting things together. So, if you have a question, ask it. If somebody asks a question and you know something about the subject, why not teach us all something.
So I know, you're all itching to know the question that sparked this journey... Well, it was asked by Maxwell and you'll have to click the button to find out what he wanted to know.
"Why are worms even a thing?"
"I mean, why were they invented? What's the point of worms?"
Yup. We were digging, there were hundreds of worms and that was Maxwell's question. But he had a point. I mean, what is the point of worms. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew that worms did a very important job.... so I said that. Then Maxwell asked, "So, what do they do?" I said it was something to do with their poo and that he should just keep digging. Under his breath, Maxwell said, "Well, I think they're pointless."
Well, I wasn't having that! Worms, pointless? I got home and immediately started researching. I found this video.
Does that mean Maxwell was right? Would we be better off without worms?
You can join in the debate here .
Hang on a second! ...Alex in Year 2 just sent this!
I just found out from Google and my mum that worms are actually very good. they give nutrients (healthy stuff) to the mud by doing number 2s in them. it helps plants grow.