Kirknewton Primary School

Primary 2 October 29th Science, technology, engineering, maths. (STEM)

| 1 Comment


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.




One Comment

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.

Report a Glow concern
Cookie policy  Privacy policy

Glow Blogs uses cookies to enhance your experience on our service. By using this service or closing this message you consent to our use of those cookies. Please read our Cookie Policy.