Monday, 8 January 2018

House STEM Challenge

Last Thursday, KS2 got together in their Houses to complete a STEM challenge. 
They were arranged into small groups and were tasked with building a tower out of 80 straws. They were given a roll of tape and a pair of scissors and given an objective: to build the tallest tower possible. The tower needed to be free- standing and they had to think about the relationship between base and height, etc. It was interesting to see the different ideas- some children constructed cubes, others used triangles and some used a combination.  
The children enjoyed working in mixed groups and the tallest towers from each house were put together and judged. 
A team from Bulstrode were victorious this year, well done! Houses were also awarded points which will count towards the weekly House Cup. 
The staff were extremely impressed by the team work exhibited by all the children. 
A big thank you to Mr. Beddow (from BT Adastral Park) for joining us to judge the entries. 







OFSTED INSPECTION

We have been informed that we will be having an OFSTED Inspection tomorrow, Tuesday 9 January 2018.

All families will be sent a letter and leaflet via ParentMail shortly, with more information about the Inspection, including a link to ParentView to give them your views of the school.


Friday, 5 January 2018

STEM Challenge Class AB

We were set a challenge to see how high we could build a tower. However, we were only allowed to use 60 straws, sellotape and scissors. To start, we looked at some ideas of how we could make our tower strong and stable so that we can build the tower tall. We discussed the different ways we could make a base for our tower before splitting into group to create our designs. Once our designs were drawn out we began making our towers. Here are some of our finished towers.




We measured each of the towers and discovered that the smallest tower was 35cm tall and the biggest tower was 82cm tall. We evaluated our tower and thought about what we could have done better/how we would do it differently. Some of us thought that we should use less sellotape. Others decided that we should cut up less straws. Overall, we were proud of our results.