Happy New Year! We have started our new topic called 'What Price Progress?' As part of our entry point the children were asked to consider the benefits and costs of technological progress.
We then designed and invented creations to meet specific design needs. Here are our results:
A machine for practising sports skills
A gadget to make it easier to eat spaghetti
A hat for all seasons
The perfect school bag that carries everything
A gadget that cheers you up when you are sad
A machine to stop you falling asleep in class
The finished product...
For our Mission to Mars we have had to build and program remote controlled robots that can explore the surface of Mars without endangering us. We have also had to work out how we will feed ourselves once we are on Mars. We decided that the best idea would be to take seeds and grow them into edible plants once we get to Mars. We had to investigate what conditions we needed for the plants to grow best so planned and conducted scientific experiments to find out. Here are some photos of our studies.
We've just left the camp after an amazing few days. This morning we did climbing, bouldering and high bar balance. Great fun and they really tested themselves, their team work and communication skills. We should be back to school between 3&3:30pm. See you soon!
Good morning! There students had a fun packed evening last night with cake for Peach's birthday, the talent show and the campfire with toasted marshmallows and s'mores. (Mr Collett's first!) They all slept well last night and are ready to take on today's challenges.
This morning we have climbing and bouldering and then the bus back to school. We'll let you know when we are leaving. Here are some photos from last night.
We've had another fun morning and afternoon with the dry river bed scramble and survival skills after lunch. The students had to learn how to tie a clove hitch knot and then make a shelter in a limited amount of time that would protect them from the coming storm. (Mr Zak with a hose!)
We then learned how to make a fire with limited materials and then cooked noodles on it.
Here are some photos...
What a great day so far! All of year 6 have had an amazing time today. They've learnt so much about themselves and each other in a really short space of time. Today we did a lot of team building activities and found some excellent leaders and effective team players amongst us. The students have all been impeccably behaved and are learning the value of responsibility. And it's only the first day. Here are some photos from the day...
And we're off! The students arrived bright and early and were great at organising themselves and their luggage. There were a few tears (mostly from parents!) but all of year 6 did a great job of listening and following instructions. A good sign for a great trip!
We will keep you posted on our adventures every day on this blog.
The students have started their new topic of Mission to Mars. We have been collecting information that we know already about the solar system so that we know what we are building on. We have also been practising the physical skills and team work we will need on our trip to another planet. Here are some photos: