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Kingfishers Exploring the Science Behind Sound

As part of our science topic sound, we ventured to the Maker Space for an investigation to explore ways to change the pitch of a sound.

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The challenge was to create our own set of panpipes using straws to demonstrate high and low sounds. They had to make each straw create a sound of a different pitch and achieved this by cutting the straws to different lengths. From this activity, the children were then able to use their connection finding skills to explain and describe patterns between the pitch of a sound and the features of the panpipe.  There were lots of tunes playing simultaneously as the children were hard at work testing out their pan pipes and exploring the sounds. Working collaboratively, the children were observing and describing the patterns between the pitch of a sound and the length of the straw. The Kingfishers were so engaged in their pan pipes and playing tunes that they were keen to extend the learning to the classroom and play music altogether!

By Catherine Farquharson

Lower KS2 Academic Leader, Year 4 Kingfishers Teacher