Year 3 have been working hard conducting different investigations in Science Club. Last week, the children had a great time looking at a chemical reaction between bicarbonate of soda and vinegar (we even added food colouring just for fun). What will we be doing this week?
The first activity of the new Harton Primary Puzzlers was a trip to The Word to do some robot programming tasks – including tasks on the new City Shaper mat and missions.
We had to first make a robot move in particular ways, with ended up with a robot dance off.
Then, after lunch, we started work on the challenge mat. 2 groups worked on making the robot take some brick to certain areas of the mat, leave them there and come back to home base. Another group worked on getting the robot to drive to and up a ramp, and if possible raise 2 flags.
Check out this video of their last run:
Great start to the table, now to work on more of the missions.
This week we pushed ourselves to both animate and add voices and sound effects. We spend half the session animating a quick interaction between characters (using ‘I Can Animate’), then used iMovie to record our voices and had a quick play with the music and sound effects.
In our second week of Stop-Motion club, we made videos of Lego models, but with a twist. These model looked like they were building themselves – which was quite difficult.
Some of the children experimented with these videos, using their hands to cover or make models disappear.
Keep an eye out for future videos from the group.
For our last session before Christmas, and before the stress of practising continues, we enjoyed an after school movie night, celebrating our win at the regional competition.The Puzzlers were comfy on cushions with popcorn and warm chocolates with marshmallows and whipped cream while they watched the Muppets Christmas Carol.
The Harton SOLE Club is Harton’s Self Organised Learning Environment
Today the ‘Hart-on-SOLE’ club started with one big question- Why can’t penguins fly?
The children came up with their own groups, shared facts with each other and recorded their ideas in their own way.
Do you know why penguins can’t fly?
Ask one of the ‘Hart-on-SOLE’ members why!
Well done to all members of the club ( Even Miss Smith found out something new)
This year’s skipping club have worked extremely hard to develop various individual skills such as:
- double bounce
- speed bounce
- side swing
- cross over
They have managed to do some of these, and other skills too, forwards and backwards. They have also developed skills with a partner and in a group. Some particular favourites included butterfly, face to face, baby fox, run jump out and Texas star.
For the past 6 weeks, 15 children in year 5 have been working hard every Tuesday after-school to use maths to compete in a Grand Prix race against each other using the program ‘Maths In Motion’ from Jaguar cars, showing how maths in used to prepare and race Grand Prix cars.
Many areas of the curriculum are addressed by taking part in ‘Maths in Motion’ have included:
- Measuring angles of corners
- Measure & scale of straights
- Multiplication and division for speeds
- Percentages of performance
- Interpreting graphs
- Distance and time for practise laps
After hours of measuring and multiplying corners and speeds, completing copious amounts of practise laps, on Thursday lunchtime we were ready to race our 50 lap Monaco Grand Prix!
During those 50 laps, we had:
- 5 crashes in the first lap
- 2 running out of fuel in 21st lap, along with Mr Forster’s engine exploding.
- 4 cars running out of fuel from the 23rd to the 25th lap (one ran out just before pit stop).
- Leaving only 2 cars to race the final 25 laps, which resulted in one running out of fuel on the 50th (and final lap) and the winner completing all 50, albeit with smoking tyres since her 48th lap.
Bronze medal, for running out of fuel on lap 25: Katie
Silver medal, running out of fuel on the last lap: Kira
Gold medal, only car to complete all laps: Libby
Despite not winning, all the children enjoyed this club (especially the competition) and have used their maths in a practical way. We definitely have some budding engineers within this group!