This morning the children engaged in an investigation involving hoop gliders. They were provided with the resources they would need to construct their own glider and some simple instructions.
We then discussed variables and what might be important when adjusting variables. Some children chose to change the straw (we had a variety of straws with different diameters) some chose to change the thickness of the paper strips, others the length of the strips, others changed how far apart the strips were from each other.
It was wonderful to see the engagement of the students during this activity. Making predictions, testing their flying machines, making changes and recording reflections.
Fateh: I don’t think it will fly at all as it doesn’t have any wings.
Xavier: Look how fast it spins through the air
Aditi: My first one didn’t need altering it was good from the start as it flew over 2 metres.
Bolek: Mine went over 8m and it only stopped because it hit the wall of the classroom !
The children have also been using their 100 languages to share their learning and understanding about safe and unsafe behaviours. Listening to their bodies signs that a situation or location may be unsafe, and how unsafe behaviours affect them and the people around them. We will continue to explore these concepts into next term and encourage you to talk with your child about personal and internet safety to support their learning at school.
We even watched a little clip of Mr Bean and his ‘unsafe’ behaviour to look for his body language when he was feeling scared and worried !
Mrs Hawkes and Mr Murray