STEM Week 2018-19 was another great success this year and, again, was a favourite among all of the Key Stage 2 students! A big thank you to the parents, families and carers who came to the STEM Week Show on Friday - pictures will be available on the School's Facebook page shortly.
In Mr Porter's class, students we challenged with making a sculpture using only the materials they were provided with, and of course their imaginations! Students were divided into houses, with Year 3's and 4's working side by side. As well as making a clever sculpture, they needed to think about the SLOs as they worked together. Students voted on members of their team who displayed great use of the outcomes.
But that wasn't the only voting happening! Parents, families, carers, and Upper Key Stage 2 students were invited to vote on the most appealing sculpture. There were all sorts of wonderful designs on display which is a credit to the students who were able to work together and produce an attractive finished product! Congratulations to Nana B (Y4), Pancake (Y4), Rose, (Y4), Malcolm (Y3D), and Aron (Y3P) who received the most votes for their popular 'Party Pig!' There will be some stars coming your way!
Well done to all of the students in Key Stage 2, especially Year 3P, who earned lots of stars for a wide range of SLOs throughout the week! And thanks again to everyone who attended the end of week show, the children really appreciated your support!
During our Brainwave topic, we have been learning about a wide range of new concepts and skills about our brains and how they work. It has been fascinating learning about the evolution of the brain over millions of years, and diving deep into our minds to see how we learn, and how we can train our brains. We learned that the brain is a lot like a muscle - we can make it stronger by using it in the right ways, like practising a skill!
We looked at neurons and talked about how they help our bodies function, particularly in the brain. We participated in an activity to demonstrate the way neurons work and interact, by using string to represent neurons. We made 'connections' by finding similar interests in the class, much like the connections in the brain which become stronger with training. We also found out that by not practising a skill, those connections become weaker over time - much like our muscles. This showed us the importance of always keeping our minds active and keeping our skills sharp by practising them regularly - a very timely reminder to start the year!
To kick off the start of Year 3, 2018-19, we familiarised ourselves with the Charter Schoolwide Learner Outcomes, or the 'SLOs'. You will have seen this poster about them around the school, which drives our school's mission and vision.
We discussed what they meant to us, and how we can achieve the outcomes. The children separated into their house teams (Lanta, Phuket and Samet) and were then told they were to take part in a tower building challenge! We discussed how the SLOs related to being successful in the task, then they competed to build the tallest self-standing structure using building blocks and the Charter SLOs! The winners were Lanta, who built the winning tower, narrowly beating Phuket. We came together to talk about how the SLOs helped us to achieve a common goal, and how they can guide us through our learning. Well done to all of the teams who demonstrated a fantastic understanding of the SLOs!