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Rocket launch day!!

We’ve had a super morning today launching our bottle rockets at the sports pitch!

The pupils have been using our learning on forces – notably friction, air resistance and thrust – to try and adjust their own bottles to build the best rocket design possible. There have been some variations in style and we have all been looking forward to the day when we finally got to test them out…

We set a challenge to see which group could get their rocket to fly the furthest.

Becca and Hannah were the winners with a magnificent 24metres!

Once all of the groups had launched their rockets for distance the ones who struggled with coverage were given the chance to “take to the sky”.

It was a lovely, slightly chilly, morning and a fantastic way to extend our learning outside the classroom. I hope the pupils enjoyed the activity as much as I did – though they did work me hard with the hand pump and I did get a little wet a few times …

Terrific Scientific

Feet investigation!

On Thursday we started our next Terrific Scientific investigation

We all know our feet are important. But does where we live and the terrain we walk on affect our foot flexibility? That’s what we’re going to be discovering in this investigation!

We’ll develop our investigative skills and gather evidence through doing things and taking note of what happens.

The evidence we collect will be sent to the University of Kent so they can use it in their scientific research.

The measuring was quite challenging, but we have almost finished and then our results will be on the interactive map.

Climate Comic Contest

Today Ms Scanlan received a reply to the class’ entries that she sent into the competition.

Dear Gina,

I want to say thank you SO much for organizing a workshop with your students (we gave you a shout out in many of our communications within UNICEF)! We would like to give a special mention to Jessica’s submission of Frozo Girl, which was absolutely wonderful . It was such a difficult decision to choose just 20 finalists as we had so many amazing submissions…

Thank you very much for applying for the Climate! Comic! Contest!

It was amazing to see how many passionate and creative young people showed interest in this opportunity. Collectively, your applications showed us just how important climate action is to your generation, and left us feeling very inspired and hopeful that we can make a difference by working together.

Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that your entries were not selected as one of the contest finalists. We received so many great applications – nearly 3,000 in total – and in the end we could only select a small number of finalists. Please do not be discouraged by this decision, keep up with the good work and consider getting involved with us in other ways!

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NEW YORK, 6 November 2017 – UNICEF today announced the finalists for its inaugural Climate Comic Contest for which children and youth were invited to design and submit comic characters with special powers to fight climate change. The 20 finalists were selected from among 2,895 total submissions from young people across 99 countries.
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And this is from the website…

NEW YORK, 6 November 2017 – UNICEF today announced the finalists for its inaugural Climate Comic Contest for which children and youth were invited to design and submit comic characters with special powers to fight climate change. The 20 finalists were selected from among 2,895 total submissions from young people across 99 countries.

Comic characters designed by each of the 20 finalists will be featured on the contest website for the duration of COP23 from 6 to 17 November. Members of the public can visit the website and vote for their favourite character. The character who receives the most votes will be declared the winner and will go on to be featured in a full-length professional comic book. Voting closes 17 November at 11:59 EST and the winner will be announced on November 30th.

The Climate Comic Contest was created by UNICEF to inspire and engage children and youth to take climate action through the creative medium of comic design. The tremendous turnout for the contest is already showing world leaders that young people take the threat of climate change seriously.

“We are so thrilled with all of the submissions for the Climate Comic Contest because it shows how engaged young people all over the world are in the issue of climate change,” said Natabara Rollosson, Co-Founder of Comics Uniting Nations. “We encourage the public to keep up the enthusiasm and support for the young people who have participated in the contest by voting for their top finalist.”

During COP23 in Bonn, Germany, top superheroes will also be presented to the UN Membership, broadcasted on Bonn public transport, and displayed at the conference. The goal is to show the world the creative superpowers young people possess to protect the planet, while urging decision-makers to include children and youth in climate action.

The 20 contest finalists are from 19 different countries, including Bahrain, Canada, Cuba, China, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.K., U.S. and Uzbekistan.

More information on the contest, including superhero descriptions and artwork from the finalists, is available on the contest website: uni.cf/climatecomic.