Harton Puzzlers at the First Lego League 2017

After months of preparation, including: selecting new teammates; talking to water professionals, robot programming and reprogramming when things went wrong; survey taking, poster making and many more tasks, the day was finally upon us. On the 7th of December the Harton Puzzlers took part in the First Lego League’s Hydrodynamics challenge, as South Shields Museum.

We started our day with practises in ‘the Pit’, a room where all the groups were based. Our initial runs proved less successful than they were at school. Our first Robot challenge on the table gave us a score of 45 points. This was then followed by our technical talk – explaining our robot design and strategy for completing our table run.

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After a brief break in the Pit, we had to complete our presentation to the panel of judges. We talked through our idea to help the human water cycle – a water butt for using rain water to flush the toilet. We used bottles to show the amount of water it takes to flush a toilet (7.27L per flush!) and made a model made from Lego (obviously) to show how our design works.

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Next we had a long break until our next robot challenge, so we spent this time with half the group practising and altering the programming, and the other half talking to the other groups and getting them to take part in our Wayne Drop video game. They had to try and get Wayne from the clouds to our water butt, but avoiding leaves and birds flying past. Everybody got very competitive when playing and wanted to make it onto the leader board – including the organisers and Mrs Ratcliffe, when she visited us for support.

Our next robot challenge proved better than the first, with a new score of 50 points (5 were deducted because we had to pick up the robot from a mistake). Straight after this we had our ‘Teamwork’ challenge. We were given a task, to sort out a box of Lego and show how well we can work together as a team. This was followed by our final robot challenge with a higher score of 60 – missing out of 15 points from the tripod not landing in the desired position.

Here is the video of our final robot challenge:

We unfortunately missed out of the semi-finals – coming joint 5th – by only 5 points! We watched the semis and finals – with the Acers coming first!

The final part of our day was the presentations and awards ceremony. We did not win the day, however we did not come home empty handed. For our second year running, we won the Teamwork Trophy! Something we were incredibly pleased to achieve.

Our year 6’s are looking forward to a lunchtime outside, and the year 5’s will be keeping an eye out for the year 4 children they might want to join the team next year.

School Football Teams

This year the school has 3 football teams. A Year 6 team, who are currently joint top of their league, a Year 5 team, who are playing against Year 6 teams, and our first ever girls team.  All of the boys and girls have played really well this year and made big improvements.

Viking Visitor

On Friday the 17th of November Year 4 were visited by a viking.  She told us all about life during viking times and even let some of us dress up as viking ladies and warriors.

Woodland Trust Project

Each class, from nursery to Year  6, has been involved in planting trees delivered by the Woodland Trust. We’ve planted them in our yard, in the far field and around the car park. It has been a wonderful opportunity for everyone to work as part of a team and to help the environment. Toffee even joined some of the children. Can you spot him?

We can’t wait to see the trees grow!


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Dingle Dangle Scarecrow!

In Nursery we have been learning the Nursery rhyme ‘Dingle Dangle Scarecrow’.

During this time we learned about why we use Scarecrows and designed our own out of different shapes! Then the children thought it would be great fun to build their own scarecrows in the garden.

They selected materials that they could use including sticks, different paper and clothes. The children worked as a team to build the scarecrows and they are now doing a wonderful job of protecting our nursery!

Children in Need

It was lovely to see so many children supporting our Non-Uniform Day for Children in Need. The children in Nursery looked amazing! 


Thank you for all of your donations! 

‘Love your drain,’ says Dwaine.

Mr Robson from Northumbia Water introduced us to ‘Dwaine Pipe’ this week. During an assembly about how the company provide clean water for health, and take away waste water to treat it, we found out that we should not put cotton buds, hot fat, facial wipes or potato peelings down the toilet or sink. The children really liked the Dwaine Pipe cartoons which showed what happens when drains become blocked.