Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lego Land!

This term our Inquiry unit is Recycle, Reuse and Reduce. We will be looking at how we can reuse objects to create new products. We will be thinking about design and techniques we can use to make new things.
We will also think about how when we reuse materials we are helping to reduce the amount of rubbish we make. We want to help look after our environment.

To start the term we visited the Lego Education Centre at the Docklands to think about design. First we had to design a chair strong enough to hold Papa Bear (Mrs Kennedy) from the story of Golidlocks and the Three Bears. We learnt that we had to overlap the lego bricks to make the chair strong.

Then we had to build a chair for Baby Bear (one that wouldn't break!). We had to work in teams to make one chair per group.

Here are some photos of our chairs.

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We also talked about what we discovered!

Do you reuse materials to reduce rubbish?
What do you reuse and how?
Share your ideas with us!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Popping Popcorn!

On Tuesday we made popcorn using a Crazy Popper popcorn machine.
We learnt about following a procedure to make popcorn.
Step 1: Pour the corn kernels into the cup

Step 2: Add the kernels to the Crazy Popper

Step 3: Turn on the Crazy Popper

Step 4: Put the bowl under the Crazy Popper to catch the popcorn

Step 5: Watching, waiting - we could feel the heat coming from the Crazy Popper

Step 6: Perfectly popped popcorn!!

Look what happens to the kernel - how does this happen?

This is what we had to say about making popcorn.
Sometimes we forgot what we wanted to say so we had to stop and think and have another go!

Here we are enjoying our popcorn!

Friday, July 1, 2011

A VERY Busy Term!

What a great term! Here are just some of the highlights.
Have a great holiday everyone!

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Next term will be just as busy and exciting starting off with a trip to the Lego Education Centre to learn about design.

What have you enjoyed this term?