I lead the younger group (those aged up to 8), and we made simple collage diagrams of plant cells together:
And models of animal cells using jelly:
I also set up our microscope with a slither of onion for the children to look at, which went down well.
It's always a relief when it all comes together; preparing for the group is dominating a lot of my thinking time at the moment, and I'm never quite sure if it will all work out or not.
The older group made models of cells using pizza, and also learned about DNA. They extracted DNA from strawberries together, which sounded exciting.
Earlier in the week, we went on our nature walk, looking at autumn trees. The children took some bark rubbings, as well as drawing the leaves and fruit or seeds of their chosen tree.
The rest of the week went by in a bit of a blur! I'm finding it hard to make sure that we are fitting everything in, though my marking box is full each day. It's always reassuring to see that we have done quite a lot, even if a bit depressing to see that I've forgotten to do my marking just as I am hoping to finally go to bed at the end of the day.