As part of our topic work, we have been learning about Renewable and Non Renewable energy sources. We discussed the advantages and disadvantages of these and which ones would work best in Shetland.
Last week, we worked in teams to design and create a wind turbine using a selection of materials. The turbine had to turn when we used a hair dryer on it and it also had to lift a plastic cup! Lots of things to consider in their designs!
It was lovely to watch everyone interacting and taking turns to contribute. Everyone showed consideration towards the ideas shared and compromises were made as to what the design would look like and how it would work.
It was important to try little tests now and again, to check if any changes needed to be made. Some groups found that when the hair dryer was switched on, the blades of their turbine were not strong enough and required further reinforcement. Some found that there blades were the wrong size or shape and some discovered that they needed to attach their cup differently so that it would lift without getting tangled in the turbine blades. Lots of learning going on!
We tested all the designs and everyone had the chance to add their thoughts on what they thought had worked well and what could be done to improve their designs further. I was impressed with how the children were able to make suggestions in a such a positive, caring and considerate way. Look out world…some future engineers here!
Today Tory, Kayla, Evie and Lois from Primary 6, represented our school in the Shetland Heat of the Euroquiz. We are delighted to say that they came third equal! Congratulations to them! It shows that all their hard word paid off.
At several points during our day today, we’ve had to work well together as part of a team. Our Class P.E. session saw us teamed up to play Ultimate Frisbee. Our main focus during the game was to think about spreading ourselves out over the court, getting into good positions and calling to our team mates to pass. We’ve been building up our “team playing” skills over the first few weeks and we’re getting better!
The afternoon saw us focus on what it means to be included or excluded and the feelings associated with this. Some heartfelt stories were shared and while some of these were sad to hear, there were many more uplifting and humorous tales of inclusion, belonging and kindness being shown. We also played a class team building game where every pupil was required to contribute in order for the task to succeed. This led us on to thinking about what skills are needed during team tasks. The children worked in cooperative groups to decide upon their “Diamond Nine” skills. They demonstrated that they are developing good skills in this area!!
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