Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School

The Chemistry of Fire

Year 7 Chemistry of Fire main lesson

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Having had a half-day training session yesterday, Glenaeon's fire wardens were on high alert this morning when they smelled smoke, but were relieved to discover the source was the Year 7 classes joining together on the amphitheatre steps for their Chemistry of Fire main lesson! According to Rudolf Steiner, children need real experiences in science, from which they can learn to order and build living concepts. And the simplest way to show the essential elements of chemical action is through the phenomenon of combustion. Light and warmth, which have been imprisoned in the substance, are released and return to their beginnings along with smoke; the mineral ash falls to the ground. Through the making of smoke and ash water they discover the polarity of acid and alkali.

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