Today, students from across all year levels at LPS participated in a fun learning incursion run by Cam from “Green Hat”. Students used slim wooden blocks called “planks” (a bit like skinny Jenga blocks) to investigate design and construction, demonstrating their understanding of 3D objects and terminology such as forces, angles and gravity.
“At first, when the Green Hat man showed us some of his constructions, we didn’t think we could make that too”. (Sonam)
“He showed us how to test our skills and balance by making an ‘H’ shape with the blocks” (Hasan).
As students began building, they soon realized that construction progressed more quickly with teamwork, patience and good hand-eye coordination.
Our budding engineers and architects tested a variety of construction techniques, observing and incorporating other students' successful techniques into their own creations. Students learned that engineers learn from their mistakes, that each 'iteration' of their design "makes it better and better" (Nathan).
This week, Year 1/2 students refined their understanding of fractions of a whole. They investigated the relationship between halves, quarters and eighths by exploring the real-life example of slices of pizza. Students carefully followed a series of instructions to construct their own paper pizza, complete with a selection of toppings. Students identified each slice (or fraction of the whole pizza) by creating unique toppings for that slice. Some students shared their work with the class digitally, using their ICT skills to photograph their work, crop the images and upload to Book Creator.