STEM day 1st December 2020

Reception:

On Stem day the children in Reception learnt about circuits and got to experiment connecting the wires to the bulbs and batteries to see what happened.  Also, the children got opportunity to get messy with cornflour! They learnt when mixing it with water that it can appear as a liquid but when the children stopped it became more solid! 

Year 1:

The children enjoyed looking at patterns in our outdoor environment. This builds on the previous maths learning about repeated patterns and patterns with numbers. The children completed bark rubbing and compared the patterns made by different trees. They then used natural materials to create a pattern in clay. Afterwards the children discussed their observations, they were particularly fascinated by the leaf prints. This will support their learning in the summer term about plants.

In maths we discussed the days of the week and months of the year as many children observed that today was a new month. The children discussed the order of the days and months before putting them in order independently. This lead to some excellent discussions about events that happen in each month including celebrations and birthdays! This builds on our previous learning about celebrations in RE.

The children enjoyed using technology to learn about engineers and architects. They then had a chance to use their junk modelling to create their own sculptures. We saw some creative inventions including an elf catching device! Following this we explained that sometimes sculptures are sold at auction for different amounts of money. This lead to the children holding their own mini auction in class. The elf catching device raised a staggering £5000! The children thoroughly enjoyed this and this will help their future learning about money in maths lessons.

Year 2:

The children completed a variety of activities linking to space based on our recent English topics of ‘How to Catch a Star’ by Oliver Jeffers and the ‘Man on the Moon’ Christmas advert.  

The children’s first mission was to design their own suitable space suit. The children had to think about the conditions of Earth and ensure that their astronaut would survive in the spacesuit whilst being in outer space.  

Mission 2 was to learn about the different components needed in a communication device like a mobile phone, laptop or a ‘walkie talkie’ that astronauts might have in space. They learnt about the terms ‘Central Processing Unit’ and operating system and thought about features they already knew about like battery and memory. The children then designed and made their own mobile phone incorporating the components that make a phone.  

The children’s final mission was to learn about star constellations. They were able to view constellations on a virtual website https://stellarium-web.org/ and then create and name their very own constellation.