We have challenged the children to design a suspension bridge for the Aztec warriors to cross, which they must then create a set of instructions for, so others can re-create their design. The only materials they have had at their disposal have been straws, paper, masking tape and string.
They started off by designing a bridge based on existing examples and then carefully thought about how they could break down their plan into smaller steps to create a set of preliminary instructions. IPads have been close to hand to document the progress and snapshot each stage of construction. Their final task will be to sequence their images and create a set of detailed written or verbal instructions.
Our approach to learning has been to combine aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, aimed at helping students develop vital transferrable skills and learning across subjects, through experimentation, trial and error and creativity.
They have astounded us with their perseverance and collaboration, and have enjoyed seeing them tinker with their designs during the making process to overcome problems along the way.
Year 3 can’t wait for the new ‘Da Vinci Centre’ next year and to have lots more opportunities to get involved actively in learning, and become the new problem solvers, and finders, of tomorrow.
Emma Wakelin, Year 3 Leader