Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Water wheel STEM challenge

Class 5 have been researching what the 'great minds' of Ancient Greece invented and discovered. They found that, among lots of other things, they invented the water wheel. We thought it'd be a great challenge to design, make and test our own water wheels as part of our Science and D&T learning. The children were asked to design their water wheel basing their ideas on a 'kit' consisting of 5 paper cups, 2 polystyrene plates, a wooden skewer and some masking tape. They had to use all of the items but nothing else. After lots of discussion, the children began to draw annotated diagrams of their designs. Some children drew 'exploded diagrams' to show more detail. The children then wrote instructions using imperative verbs, modelling the construction of their water wheel to help them decide what to write.
Finally, it was time to begin making the water wheels. The children showed great resilience and resourcefulness as they worked their way through many problems, including getting everything to stick together! They modified their designs as they worked, collaborating and using reciprocity to share ideas. One group of children took a risk and tried out a completely different design to the rest of the class. Unfortunately time ran out and we didn't get to test the models today. Watch this space to see how the testing goes tomorrow...

Some of the children discovered they could make their wheels spin by blowing on them!
Soon almost everyone was joining in!!
This is the design that is different from the rest. We can't wait to test it tomorrow to see how well it does.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Inspirational poetry

Following the wonderful and inspirational experience with the Tangle Theatre Company, Class 5 reflected on the themes of DREAMS, CHANGE, HOPE and LOVE and on 1 Corinthians 13:13 "And these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." They have composed poems containing only 16 words (harder than it sounds) with these themes in mind to express their dreams and hopes for the world. Well done class 5 - these are beautiful.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Using feedback to improve our work

In class 5 we watched the video called 'Austin's butterfly' which is all about having a growth mindset and improving our work by using feedback, reciprocity and resilience. Here are some examples of work that children improved after receiving feedback from a learning partner.

Tangle Theatre Company

Class 5 enjoyed a performance and workshop with Tangle Theatre Company today. They also made flags and performed poems in groups.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Saving Eggarus!

Today class 5 learned the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus. We compared it to other stories we've read and analysed the author's use of powerful and expressive vocabulary. Later we looked at the story from a scientific perspective. We used our prior knowledge of the properties and changes of materials when discussing the cause and effect relationships that resulted in Icarus plummeting to his death. We then discussed the question 'How could we prevent Icarus plunging into the sea?' We thought about the forces involved, e.g gravity pulled Icarus towards the Earth. We learnt about air resistance and then designed and made parachutes. We learnt that more surface area equals more air resistance so we needed to make our parachutes with the greatest possible surface area. We worked in teams to create our parachutes and then tested them with lots of Eggarus test dummies.
Lots of Eggarus test dummies happily awaiting their jump.
Almost ready!
And go........
There were a few casualties but on the whole, the parachutes were successful at saving Eggarus.