There is the whole-school challenge this year to create a Rube Goldberg machine with parts added by each year group, we have in Whales class however started off a little smaller. We have looked at machines as a whole, What are they? What do they do? What machines can you think of? After a big brainstorming session, the children then focused on what a Rube Goldberg machine was and what better way to discover what they are then to start by watching OK GO’s music video for ‘this too shall pass’.
The mass excitement and inspiration this caused in the children was fantastic. We quickly got to planning elaborate machines to catch monsters, turn on the class lights and to turn on a microwave to cook some popcorn.
The children have been writing, reading, talking non-stop, using maths, using all the skills involved in making from taping to stapling just to create machines. After they have created them they have been discussing why they did not work or why they did, what they can do to improve them. They have been working in teams and independently, using IPads to take photos and record videos, asking questions and then finding the answers.
Then came the making of their machines and the spectacle continued with dominoes falling, balloons rising, bricks descending, marbles rolling and monsters ruing the day they came into Whales class!
By Jonathan Knibbs