Ricardo Engineers come to visit
We were very fortunate to have a visit from some engineers from local firm Ricardo. The children learnt about the role of an engineer and had a go at designing and testing materials for a crash test. Each group had to consider both safety and cost to get the best score. It was exciting watching the truck roll down the ramp on each test.
Spring Term 2 2017-18
Year 6 Spring 1&2 (B) Topic – Back to the Future 2017_18
Spring Fever Parent Handbook
During our school Science Week Y6 had an introduction to the lab with a hands-on investigation. Firstly they practised their accuracy using scientific equipment and also honed their prediction skills as they tried to fit as many drops of water as possible onto a 1p coin. They then used this information to predict how many would fit onto a 2p coin.
The next challenge was to colour mix and match to paint charts. They were very successful and produced a beautiful rainbow of colours.
Year 6 had a brilliant day out exploring the Think Tank in Birmingham. The children were very enthusiastic about the interactive exhibits and they particularly enjoyed the science garden. During an informative workshop the class discovered what life was like for astronauts on board the international space station.
Spring Term 1 2017-18
Y6 Spring 1 Class newsletter 2017_18
Year 6 Spring 1 (B) Topic – Back to the Future 2017_18
The Moon visits Harbury!
Year 6 were filled with awe and wonder when they had the chance to look at rock and soil samples collected by NASA astronauts during Apollo missions in the 1970’s. The children also had the unique opportunity to actually hold meteorites from outer space!
These rare samples were provided free of charge by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which provides educational packs in a bid to inspire young people to get into science.
Having the moon in school was perfect timing as Year 6 have been learning about the phases of the moon and why it appears to change shape. The Oreo biscuits worked well as representations of each phase, even if they were a little crumbly, and best of all the diagrams were edible!
Year 6 began their new topic by attending an ‘Astronaut Training Academy’. Their morning tasks included a reaction test, communication skills, mental and physical testing. During the afternoon teams had to design and make a re-entry capsule for an ‘eggonaut’. With a limit budget of 150 Astro dollars, the children had to plan their resources carefully. After extensive testing only one ‘eggonaut’ made it safely back to Earth – well done team Orbit!
The whole day was really fun but my favourite part was the eggonaut – Joe
I liked the strop test which really tested your mental skills – Cleo
The reaction test proved me wrong. I thought I had slow reactions! – Phoebe
Building with Lego whilst wearing gloves was really difficult. Your team needed good communication skills – Sam
Year 6 have been testing construction materials in preparation for making their Tudor gong vehicles. They joined wood and card with different adhesives to make sturdy corners – sellotape seemed to hold the best!
There was a lot of excitement about our recent ‘potions’ lessons, where the children mixed solids and liquids in an attempt to inflate latex gloves and a selection of balloons.
Tudor WOW Day