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Here's hoping for mould!

We learnt about microorganisms in our science lessons this week. We found out that not all microorganisms are bacteria and protists - some of them are fungi too! Mould is an example of this as it is made up of millions of tiny fungi. They start off as microscopic spores which are carried through the air, but when they land somewhere with enough moisture, nutrition and oxygen to grow, they develop tiny fibres called hyphae, which can be seen as fuzzy patches in different colours.

Using bread as nutrition, we set up an investigation to observe the growth of mould. The children decided where in the classroom and under what conditions they would like to observe the growth. Some children opted for lockers, as they assumed they would be the perfect conditions, while others chose the windowsill. 

Ask your child to keep you updated on the progress of this investigation!