In Design and Technology this half term, Year 4 used their knowledge of electricity to investigate, design, make and evaluate electrical greeting cards. They used copper tape, 3V lithium batteries (CR2032), LEDs and sellotape to make the circuits. They thought carefully about who they were making the card for and even used tissue paper to create 3D effects on their finished products. Check out Y4E’s finished products!
On Wednesday afternoon, Y6D had the opportunity to go to Harton Academy to take part in some STEM activities. In Design & Technology, we used a CAD (computer aided design) program to create Christmas tree ornaments made from acrylic. In science, we looked at electricity and then made Christmas card with a light (LED) and a circuit. The children had a fun afternoon. Many thanks to Ms Parkin and the Harton staff for having us.
As part of our DT topic, Year 2 were asked to create a healthy option to be added to the lunch menu. We had to make sure we included the different food groups from ‘The Eat Well Plate’ and followed our design to safely and hygienically prepare a simple dish without heat.
Asda community Champions came in to help us make our wraps and make sure we followed our design briefs.
Year 2 have been asked to create a new healthy wrap that could be added to the school lunch menu. Our wrap must include foods from different food groups to help children have a balanced diet. Before we design our own wrap we tested different food combinations to see which one we liked best.
Our D.T project for this half term is to create a Stone Age pouch. We have been learning that in the Stone Age, people made clothing by hunting animals and then using their coat/fur for clothing. We were amazed to learn that near the end of the Stone Age, the needle and thread were invented. They would make pouches and bags to carry tools and even decorate them with animal bones!
We started our project by undertaking research around a famous designer called Rachel Boston. She uses the Stone Age to inspire some of her designs.
This week, we looked at examples of running stitch, overstitch and cross stitch. We discussed the pros and cons of each type of stitching and what would be best for each part of our Stone Age pouch. As our main task, we practised the running stitch and cross stitch, it was so much fun!
During Design and Technology, we have been investigating methods used to transport water. In Ancient Egypt (and in some places today) shadufs were used to transport water from rivers to fields in order to water crops. Technology Tom helped us to make water wheels, which we were able to test out. We were great problem solvers too!
Today we had a visit from Technology Tom. He showed us the effect of air on different moving objects. We then made our own flying fish!
It was a very special day for Technology Tom as it was the last time he will be visiting a school. THANK YOU for a wonderful day Tom!
Year 1 have been working hard on their lighthouse designs and structures.
We have have been thinking carefully about the materials to make the structure, also about different methods to decorate the main structure, such as paper using crayons, pens and pencils, a collage of different materials.
We have also thought about challenges we might come across.
We think they went really well!
Y2M were one of the lucky winners of a competition to design a milkshake, with Holly T creating a fantastic design. As our prize, we go to visit Embleton Hall Dairy Farm to find out how milk gets from the cow to the cartons we drink every day in school. We had a session with Animal Encounters, a tour of the farm’s fields and cow sheds to complete an activity trail, saw the milking robots milking cows, visited the nursery to see the calves and visited the dairy’s production plant to see the milk getting put into cartons! We had such an amazing day and learnt so much.
After a week of work, the children have competed in their STEM week competition. They delivered their presentations to a panel of judges – including the Economic Inclusion and Career Development Coordinator for South Tyneside, a representative from the National Centre for Computing Education and the deputy head, Mr Donnelly. The children came back from presentations full of energy and enthusiasm. Their ideas got feedback such as ‘that’ll be tough to top’ and ‘this could work in the school yard to create energy’.
They have also took part in 3 robot games – which involved running their code to complete as many tasks as possible to score the highest amount of points. There have been some jumping with excitement and some hands covering faces in disappointment – but with some amendments and improvements, fun was had by all.
The semi-finals of the robot game took place in the afternoon (after an impromptu quarter finals because of a 7-way tie for 4th place), with the 6 top scoring teams competing in a knock out. The top 3 teams went through to the finals to compete for the robot game trophy.
To end the day, the children enjoyed the trophy ceremony. Each of the winning teams received a trophy and were celebrated by their peers in the sports hall.
The winners were:
Robot Design – Brick-otatoes (6F)
Core Values – Game Changers (6T)
Innovation Project – Brainiacs (6A)
Judges’ Award – Super Septuplets (6A)
Robot Game – Rotten Robots (6T)
Champions Awards (and overall winner of the week) – Energetic Energy (5L)
Based on the output of work, dedication to coding and overall enthusiasm from the children this week, the staff would like to think that STEM week was a roaring success!