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Last week during the IPC Art lesson we studied the beautiful paintings of Claude Monet. Many of his scenes are along the water. The children learned how to create the impression of water in their paintings. For instance by using different shades of blue, by letting objects mirror in the water and by creating shadows. After this our artists went outside and sat under the old chestnut tree where they had a good view over the water. As real Monets they created their own water paintings.



When we had our outings to the stream Hammerwetering and the river Regge, our researchers did not only do observations, but they also took many pictures for their project. This week the children used the pictures to create a poster with an overview of the features of a stream, river and our moat. They discussed similarities and differences of these three types of water.


ROCK AND RIVERS Learning about rivers through science experiments

Why are some rocks round and smooth , while others are rough with sharp edges ?

The students found out that in the river bed are sometimes holes or round dips and when rocks sink in these holes the fast rushing river water swirls the pebbles , rocks around . The water swirls faster as the hollows get deeper.

At the end of the journey the river will flow into a sea or ocean – and what happens to the sediments, the load that river is carrying ?

Why does the river’s load ( everything that carries ) sinks faster in salty water ( sea/ ocean) than it does in freshwater ? – The students tested this by using two clear containers with water and in one of them we put salt . Then we added the same amount of soil in each. After repeating the experiment and waiting patiently – we actually could see that indeed in the salty water the mud sinks to the bottom , while in the freshwater it doesn’t sink immediately and some particles remain floating in after a few hours.

Learning through observing, dioscovering , asking questions and getting evidence through science experiments,students not only better understand some processes , but also remember it much easier.