The children were asked to undertake a STEM task linked to the story book ” Tyrannosaurus drip” by Julia Donaldson. They were asked to make a bridge so the T -Rex dinosaurs could cross the “rushy river” safely. Their bridge would have to hold 4 dinosaurs. We looked at photos of bridges, discussed previous learning and linked to our 2D and 3D shape project. The children had to think about their design for example.
- Think about the bridge’s span.
- Do you need to reinforce something to make it stronger?
- The bridge’s beam, or the horizontal part of the bridge, needs to be strong and able to hold a lot of weight.
- Just one layer of bricks/ card won’t be very strong or hold much weight.
Here are some of the children’s comments about their bridges.
We made a good bridge lollipop sticks made it safe and triangle shapes made it even better. E.
I learned the wooden blocks need to be thick. I could walk across my bridge. E
We folded the card and taped it and the paper was making the bridge better- stronger. A
I fitted 26 dinosaurs on. We put cups in the middle. We folded the paper and it was strong. We could not even cut it. L
I learned , stick things down so your bridge doesn’t blow away! M
If your dinosaur is heavy your bridge won’t stay up. H
The bigger the better. E
I learned to use strong stuff ( materials). S
I managed to build 3 successful bridges from paper, Lego and bricks. I used supports and triangle shapes. N
Mrs Turner has also been taking small groups of 6 children for outdoor learning and studying mini beasts. She will be working with the children for the next 2 weeks.