Megastructures
'Megastructures' was our topic theme for Spring 2013 and we began the new term with a bang by holding a junk modelling day. All the children worked in pairs to make their own 'Megastructures' and produced some fantastic designs, ranging from the Eiffel Tower to the Golden Gate Bridge. As the topic progressed, we learned about the history and geography of famous buildings around the world, using what we had discovered to write reports. We also learned about the forces which act on structures and how different designs of bridges enabled engineers to span wider gaps.
To see this in practise, the children in Years 3 to 6 spent a morning working with civil engineers to build an 18 metre cable stayed bridge which, at the end of the morning, they were able to walk across. The children in Years 3 and 4 also got the chance to apply their learning by building a nature hide at Low Luckens Education Centre. Working with Alister Neville, a local sculptor, the children built the heavy panels which formed the walls. These have now been joined together to form the hide and will be a resource for us to visit for many years to come!
Finally, the Year 5 and 6 children visited London to meet Peter Rees, the City Planner responsible for the 'square mile'. He explained his job to us, demonstrating how he planned the London skyline by showing us a giant model of the city. In an exhausting 2 days, we also managed to squeeze in trips to Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and the Natural History Museum.


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