We had some very exciting visits from GSK. We were building a helmet out of K’nex in pairs. The winners of the K’nex challenge were Sophia from C5 and Isaac from B5. We also built bridges out of plasticine and put weights on them to see whose bridges were stronger.
Another activity was seeing which finches beaks were better to pick up seeds and we used different backgrounds for peppered moths.
On Victorian day we did lots of interesting things. My favourite thing has got to be the K’nex challenge. Our challenge was to build some sort of helmet. It was fun, but it was really hard to put all the pieces together. The teacher was nice and we had fun.
We also did something to do with Brunel. We had to build a bridge out of clay, it had to hold at least 1.5Kg of weight on it. The bridge had to be at least 2cm high. My group got 1.7Kg on it then it fell over because it was too heavy.
We learnt about Charles Darwin and when he went on his adventure around the world. He discovered all the different finches on all the different islands. We learnt about the seeds and tried picking them up with blunt tweezers and sharp tweezers. We found out that blunt tweezers can pick up seeds easier than the sharp tweezers.
Year 5 had a Victorian Day on the 6th May 2014. We learnt about Charles Darwin. He travelled around the world for 5 years in a boat called the Beagle. He was very interested in the birds that he saw.
We also built some bridges out of clay. We put weights on them to see how strong they were. My partner and I got up to 19 weights (1.9Kg). Isambard Kingdom Brunel built a bridge over the River Thames.
Charles Darwin was a scientist and a book writer. He wrote a book and people didn’t like it and they made fun of him. In the newspaper they did cartoon things to make fun of him.
Then we did the K’nex challenge. We were put into pairs, mine was George. We had to make a hat out of K’nex. Me and George made a baseball hat. It was really fun.