Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Celebration of Learning 2017

Our school year is at an end. 

Last night was the school's Celebration of Learning.
B4's item was a dance telling the story of 
Tawhirimatea, God of the Wind.

Papatuanuku the Earth Mother, and Ranginui the Sky Father were clasped closely together, leaving no room for their children to grow. 
The children, all boys, decided to push the parents apart.

Tawhirimatea was against his brothers separating their parents  to make more room.

When they succeeded, he went to live with Ranginui in the sky.
Now, when he is happy, the sun shines, but if he feels angry, we get storms.

Our new school year starts at the end of January, 2018.
See you then!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Wind Power

Following on from the science investigation into fabrics,
the students were given a technology challenge to design a wind cart that could travel 2 metres powered only by wind.

The science work on fabrics would help when making decisions about the best sails to use!

First there were some key concepts to explore:

The design brief:

Building the wind carts:

The final models:

And now watch the movie of the wind carts in action!

Have you ever made a wind cart? 
What would you use if you were making a wind cart to ride on?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Materially Speaking

In Science with Mrs.W this term, the children been learning about fabrics.

We've found out that materials/fabrics are made of fibres.
Some fibres are natural, such as wool, cotton and flax.
(See our learning about flax here)

Some fibres are man-made, such as nylon.
Fibres can be spun into yarns, and yarns can be woven or knitted into fabric.

Sheep's wool can be spun into yarn.

We explored a range of fabrics, looking at properties, and sorting into groups.

We did some investigations.
Some fabrics are easier to rip than others.
Some are more absorbent - that means that they soak up liquid.

Over the next few weeks we will be using our learning as we work on a technology challenge!