Christmas Challenge

Primary 5-06-7 had a STEM challenge yesterday. The children had to create a sledge to carry a small assortment of sweets down a ramp. We were looking for the one that could go furthest without losing its cargo and the best looking on.

The Biggies are getting really good with their practical skills in the makerspace. The manages the whole thing In a couple of hours. Some beautiful solutions. Lots of problem solving, creativity and communication on display.

Montagesof 4 photos of pupils working on makerspace task

Christmas Engineering Challenge

The Children rose to the NLC Learning Hub  Christmas Engineering Challenge.
Christmas Engineering Challenge Can you design and build a Christmas themed structure with a moving part, an electronic component and an element of coding?

We posted an in progress report Christmas Engineering Challenge Part 1 last week.

We lost some time on Friday as no children were in school due to snow.

This week we finished off and have started to make movies of our reindeer. All of the groups managed all of the chilli challenges! Watch the movies to see how. (A couple more currently in production)

Children & Cardboard Reindeer

Christmas Engineering Challenge Part 1

The NLC Learning Hub has issued a Christmas Engineering Challenge:
Christmas Engineering Challenge Can you design and build a Christmas themed structure with a moving part, an electronic component and an element of coding?

The biggies started work this morning. We are making Reindeer from Cardboard and hope to include movement, electrics & coding. It might take a while…

Most of the groups got a lot of their model finished this morning. We used our teamwork, creativity & problem solving skills. On group got on to the moving part:

cardboard reindeer with moving antlers

By lunchtime we had made a lot of progress:
Cardboard reindeer in progress

More to do…

Highlights of the Week 2 December

We have had a busy week in the Biggies. The school show practise is well underway and the class are making great progress with expression and clarity.

Football Festival

On Monday half the class went off to the local Football Festival, the remaining children worked on construction of a Christmas tree. We will be decorating it and using some more makedo screws for cardboard construction.

On Wednesday we had a visit from Ms Cooper to help us with scientific enquiry. The class learned about using variables in experiments and mixed some alkali with acid to produce foam.

Montage of children working on enquiry.

We have been starting to work on a new podcast for BBPOD. Today the class worked on their scripts. The atmosphere in the class was great. Everyone was really engaged with working with their partners, writing, editing and trying out the word. I am really looking forward to listing to this one.

montage of photos of children working together on iPads. Set of skills 'badges' along the bottom: Problem Solving, ICT, planning & organising, literacy, working together & communication. Title Podcast Scripting


Christmas Challenge 1 – Minetest

The Biggies have some Christmas Challenges today:

  1. Minetest, build a snow house, igloo, Christmas tree, bonus points for Christmas jumper
  2. Newspaper Christmas table, to hold 5 book, max height 20cm
  3. Santa Sleigh to hold choc Santa & pudding
  4. Micro:bit Christmas decoration

Here are some early minetest results, not sure if we will get to the other challenges…

Continue reading “Christmas Challenge 1 – Minetest”

More Microbits

Zara made a video showing all of our micro:bit Christmas projects.


And here is another video from 2 primary 4s.

Remember you can see all of the microbit christmas videos too

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