Once the struts had been prepared, they needed to be trimmed to an accurate length and then worked into a geodesic design following a specific order. Throughout the process children had to monitor and evaluate how the structure was looking and decide if they needed to alter the position of any struts. Groups were allowed 5 'teacher lifelines' where they could ask a teacher for support or explanations, or even look at a completed design structure to compare theirs with. Points were given at the end of the day to the groups that: use all the struts in the correct positions and kept as many lifelines as possible. Alongside this, special certificates were awarded to the team who demonstrated outstanding collaboration, communication and build quality skills.
An extremely exciting start to our Themed Learning topic this term and all children enjoyed the challenge of this hands on approach to learning.
“I really enjoyed the challenge of this activity” – Aiyana Krause 5P
Dan Shrewsbury Year 5 Class Teacher