This afternoon class Ash have been exploring to discover what soil is actually made from. We looked carefully at two soil types very carefully with magnifiers and found out that our samples contained: mud, small stones, larger stones, lumps of chalk, twigs, leaves, plants, decaying leaves and plants, worms, spiders and millipedes. One sample was much dryer than the other and had larger stones. Later in the day we conducted an experiment to find out which soil type was the better at draining and which was better at absorbing water. The children showed a very good understanding of how to make the test fair in the planning stage – even if it was harder to remember this once we started working! The dryer soil was found to be the better drainer. Here we are hard at work.