In our Science lesson this week, we attempted the Marshmallow challenge. In groups of four, the children were given 20 sticks of spaghetti, a metre of masking tape, a metre of string and a marshmallow. Using those materials, they were asked to design and build the tallest structure they could in 18 minutes, but it had to have the marshmallow at the top. The children worked cooperatively at a, sometimes, very frustrating task. It was hard, and we learnt that sometimes it is good to make lots of attempts rather than just have one grand design.
Thankfully, the weather was kind to us, and we all had a wonderful time at Leeds Castle. In the morning, we took part in a workshop about two paintings depicting Henry VIII's journey to the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520. Lots of us had an opportunity to dress up and play the roles of people from Henry's court. After lunch, we had a guided tour of the castle before trying to find our way to the centre of the maze. Thanks to the helpful guidance of those who had already made it to the middle, we all found our way out safely!
Class 4's science day theme was the circulatory system. We learned about local scientist William Harvey and his discovery that the heart pumped blood around the body. We took our own pulse before and after exercising to find out how much harder our hearts had to work. We also examined some sheep's hearts, cutting them open to see if we could identify the different parts.
Using cardboard, split pins, aluminium foil, copper tape, elastic bands, masking tape and anything else they could find in the classroom, the children were asked to design and build their own switch to operate an electric circuit. There was an amazing range of designs and ideas for activating the switches, including pressing, pushing, pulling, lifting and twisting!
We have been looking at the work of the American artist Jasper Johns, who created several paintings of the US Flag. When we studied them closely, we could see, beneath the paint, that he had first applied a collage of newspaper and magazine cuttings. We wondered about why he had done it and whether his choices of collage materials was intended to say anything about his country or life there. As we have been learning about the United Kingdom in our Topic lessons, we decided to create our own versions of the Union Jack, choosing collage materials that we felt related, in some way, to Britishness or British life.
We had a lovely time on our minibeast hunt, searching for different types of creatures in the school grounds. After trying to identify them all, we recorded their habitats and thought about what distinguished them from each other.