Class 5 made another interesting discovery in the school grounds this week, as they learned that the builders had found a strange, sticky yellow substance whilst digging the foundations for our new classroom. We observed a hole in the soil which was filled with this strange ‘slime’. Mrs Colbeck extracted a sample of it and we then put on our rubber gloves back in class to further examine the discovery. Interestingly, the substance changed from its luminous yellow colour to a browny/green – some pupils speculated that this could have been due to a temperature change, as the substance was extremely cold whilst in the ground.
The class were then informed that the discovery was in fact a type of fossil fuel called ‘Hektanium’, which has previously only been discovered in a forest in Norway. It is believed to be formed after the decomposed remains of certain creatures are covered with sediment and subjected to pressure and heat. All became clear as Class 5 were then introduced to their new model text – ‘Hektanium – The Changemaker’s Game-Changer?’