Following our term of learning about WW2, year 5 designed and then created their own WW2 shelters.
We started out by investigating the design of the shelters, thinking about why they were designed the way they were and the needs their design had to meet, including being able to be mass produced cheaply, being portable and being able to be constructed easily in people's gardens with simple tools. We paid particular attention to the reason why the shelters were curved, demonstrating the extra strength this gave the structure with an experiment using different types of cardboard and shaped roofs. Corrugated cardboard was also investigated to understand why this structure provides extra strength. The children then designed their own shelter, annotating their drawing to make a specification.
In our second lesson, we gathered the materials we needed to make our designs, measuring out the lengths needed and then using glue, sellotape and folds with other pieces of card to fix our shelters in place. The children followed their specification to fix the front and ends to their shelter, with many children even designing their bases to allow for their shelters to be sunk into boxes. Many children fixed hand-made sandbags to their shelters, reflecting the need for the bags to help seal the joins, as well as stop flooding at the entrance to the shelter.
The children were very inspired by the experiences of other schools in recreating their very own shelters, as well as the photos we studied from the war, showing how effective the shelter designs were in protecting people. We had a wonderful afternoon of making, glueing, constructing, with many of the children working together to share their ideas about how to produce the structure. We ended the afternoon by evaluating our designs and considering how we would improve or review our design.
I am sure you will agree the shelters are brilliantly constructed and were a fantastic way to end our WW2 topic.
This lesson was just great. The children beemed from ear to ear all the way through. They used what they knew from our levers prototype lesson and made a waving Noah. They look fabulous and we cannot wait to add Noah to his Ark with a moving flag, a munching animal and a moving ocean.
On Friday Giraffe Class looked at a poem called new Moon by Kate Wakeling. They read it and following some practical laying on the grass and looking at the sky, produced poems of the same style about the sky. I think you will agree, Alice’s poem is sensational. Whatsmore, the poet is a friend of the family and her mum forwarded it to the author who was amazed by it and so pleased that her work was being used as a stimuli.
Leopards have painted part of the leopard by painting a separate canvas each, their own interpretation of a segment from a photo. It’s about 2.5ft x 2.5ft and is stunning.
Thank you An, Mrs Benson and YR2 for creating a wonderful mosaic for the defibrillator phone box. On Saturday some of the pupils and Mrs Benson attended the official opening ceremony in the village and were treated to free awareness training.
Following a picnic lunch, the school then opened its' classroom doors and parents were warmly invited to experience an afternoon in the life of Goudhurst & Kilndown pupil. There was a real buzz throughout the school and lots of parents commented on how it had been a wonderful day, just perfect!
We are very proud of our most recent artistic creation in the school. You might have noticed some empty shelves that used to have speakers on them in our school hall. They were crying out for a whole school art project that would represent the sense of community and the bond we have with the church. We now have a decorated wooden cut out of the school on the left hand side and both Goudhurst and Kilndown church on the right hand side. All the children in our school painted a wooden cut out of a person and decorated a small wooden 3D person and they are now adorning the wall of the hall. It has been wonderful seeing the children looking for their own art work and enjoying the results of their creative work. We hope you will pop in and have a look whenever you are next in school. Thank you to Mrs Benson for leading this exciting project.