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3D Printer Blog, 4th of May 2018                    Written by Oscar Kitchenham and Zack Waterhouse

We created some space-themed models and printed them off in 3D. But what was the process? In this blog, you will learn the process and look at some of our space-themed models.

Creating On Tinkercad

On tinkercad, we started by creating simple objects and seeing what we could create. With the controls getting used to, we then were given the task of creating a model, but there were restrictions - anything above 45° without supports would go stringy, and all pieces must be connected.

Saving To The SD Card

We next went to get an SD card, and we saved the models to it. We went to Tinkercad first, then opened “Export”. That opened a software called “File Explorer”. We next clicked “SD card”, and saved it there. Some of us even finished before we had the printer.

The Ultimaker2+

We eventually got the printer, and we were all ready to print. We started the printer, pressed ‘Print’ and... It broke the very first print. We tried and tried countless times that day, but nothing was successful. Ms Truelove then decided to leave it on overnight. And... It printed that model perfectly! The next prints were mostly always successful.

Monitors and Volunteers

We’re sure everybody in Year 5/6 would’ve loved to help us but only us two and Troy were chosen to help, but we had some help from Computer Club too. We wrote this to share the information and knowledge with you about 3D printers.

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Politics Workshop and Assembly, Tuesday 24th April 2018

 

This morning, we entered the hall to find that we were being given strange calculator-like machines. Little did we know this wasn’t a normal calculator, it was a contraption that we would use for voting in this very unusual assembly. Someone called Rachel came in to talk to us about politics and help us learn and understand more about parliament. Along with all the things it does. Also we learnt about the House of Lords and Commons, and how the future laws of the country rest on decisions they make, affects our everyday lives.

 

Our contraptions that we mentioned before were actually to help us test our knowledge of parliament and what it does. In addition to this so we could see what people thought the projector showed the majority of everyone’s vote in percentages. We had a great time!

 

After the assembly we went into Miss Vose and Mrs Simmonds classroom for a politics workshop in this we ventured through a historical political timeline we started at Runnymede in 1215 where King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta (limiting his powers and starting the first historical ‘house of lords and barons) until we ended in 1968 in an act were all men and women over the age of 18 could vote. In the end we were asked a question: look at these people who fought and some lost their lives trying to get the freedom of vote, after all they’ve been through. Would you vote?

By Luca and Joe

 

 

 

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Andy Goldsworthy Natural Sculptures 

 

During the next 5 weeks, Year 5 will participate in an Art project inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We started today be looking at various examples of his work and discussing the shape, pattern, colour and texture. We then worked in groups to create our own. Take a look below; 

 

 

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Turing Class in Court 
This morning Turing class turned into a courtroom with Jesus on trial. The children acted as he jury and he to examine various pieces of evidence relating to whether Jesus was guilty of declaring himself to be a king and breaking religious law. They examined a crown of thrones, witness statements and a testimony from Jesus. The children then had to decide whether Jesus was guilty, innocent or a hung jury. 
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Our Eggciting Eggsperiment

 

As one of our recent activities in our communication group, we decided to carry out an eggsperiment (get it?) where we left an egg (a.k.a. Test subject) in a bowl of vinegar for a week to see what would happen. When we looked at our results a week later, we discovered that the shell had dissolved. The egg was squishy and see-through. How eggciting! 

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A quiz with a difference! 

 

Today Year 5 and 6 ventured outside to answer a range of quiz questions about our topic : Earth, Sun and Moon. The children have clearly learnt a lot and were then inspired to write their own quizzes. 

 

 

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Bar Modelling 

 

Today Miss Vose’s maths class looked at a question from a recent maths assessment that some children said, “ was impossible”.

 

We used RUCSAC to help us. RUCSAC means; 

 

R= read the question 

U= understand the question 

C= choose the method 

S= solve he problem 

A= answer the question 

C = check the answer 

 

We then used a bar model to help us identify what we needed to do. 

 

 

 

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