What a fabulous way to end a fantastic half term! This week we’ve enjoyed our Alice in Wonderland themed STEM week.
We had some bemused and confused faces on Monday when the children arrived at school to see the teachers dressed up in some strange outfits.
We started the week with our launch assembly where the children enjoyed watching the teachers take part in some challenges…especially watching me eat pickled vegetables!
Our first challenge arrived on Monday morning: we needed to design a hat to wear to the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
We needed to think about a specific design brief to ensure that our hats were appealing, they fit a human head and that we were able to combine materials in a range of ways, including sewing. We have enjoyed working with our younger peers in Year 3, working in groups of six to combine our individual ideas into our final designs.
We practiced a range of sewing techniques, including running stitch, basting technique and over cast stitching. It was really tricky to thread the needle but we got there in the end!
We had to put our maths heads on to do some measuring to make sure that our hats would fit. We measured all of the heads in our groups and created some bar charts to present this data.
We also investigated the time it took for the Mad Hatter’s tea to cool and presented this data in a line graph.
On Wednesday, we created the 3D structure of the hat buy combining three components together; the cylinder shape for the main structure, a cardboard circle for the top and a donut-shaped piece of card for the rim. Once we had this, we were ready to start adding our materials to cover it!
We used our sewing skills and our original designs to finish our hats and don’t they look incredible!?
Once completed, we evaluated our finished product against our design brief, thinking about what worked in the process and what we would improve if we were to do it again.
On Thursday, we had a workshop from Procter and Gamble, where we looked at density and chemical reactions.
We also created a shadow puppet show of an Alice in Wonderland scene. We worked in groups to create our characters and write a script.
We investigated our shrinking shadows throughout the morning using a measuring tape. We went outside every half an hour to explore what was happening to our shadows. Who can remember what happened and how shadows are formed?
Our engineering challenge for the week was to construct a house of cards. It was incredibly frustrating but the children showed great resilience!
On Friday, we created lava lamp decorations for The Queen of Hearts. We used water mixed with food colouring and added oil to our bottles. Why did the oil float on top of the water?
Afterwards, we dropped in an Alka Seltzer tablet and watched as it dissolved, creating bubbles of gas that floated up to the surface!
Have a fantastic half-term everyone and well done for all of your hard work throughout the term. Congratulations to everyone who took their First Holy Communion.