Monday 11th May

Date: 11th May 2020 @ 9:36am

Morning, my favourite monsters!

I hope you are all well and had a lovely bank holiday weekend. Were your VE Day celebrations enjoyable? There were lots of people in my street out celebrating in their gardens. It is lovely to see people having fun but following the rules of social distancing.

And so begins another week of home learning! I hope you're all ready and raring to go with this week's project. Actually... I have a confession to make. This week, I'm not giving you one project... I'm going to give you 5 (one project per day). I know, I'm mean aren't I?devil

This week, we are going to have a STEM week (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). I think you are really going to enjoy these challenges; they are definitely going to make you think outside the box and have some fun.

Today's challenge is called 'A Really Long Straw' and it does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin! Here is the link to the website which will give you more information (but I will post the challenge information you need on here, too).

Your challenge is to try and make the longest straw you can. You will need to use your creativity and imagination to think about how you are going to connect the straws and you will need to consider how the pressure changes with the straw changing in length. Try taking a drink from your straw at different points in your challenge and see if there is a difference in the force that you have to suck or the amount of liquid you can suck up. You will also need to be great problem-solvers, as you may come across some issues such as your straw not sucking up any liquid. 

Once you have created your enormous straw, use it to take a drink and send me a photograph. I can't wait to see some crazy straws!

Once you've completed the challenge to the best of your ability, have a think about how it went. What did you notice? What happened? What would you change if you could do it again? Did you choose the best materials?

Today's shout out is going to Ava S. I had a lovely chat with her on the phone last week (as I did with lots of you- if you didn't speak to me, you probably spoke to Mrs Hrab). Ava's mum told me how she had been doing lots of writing at home, so of course I couldn't wait to hear all about it. Ava has been using the picture prompts I sent you in your home learning pack to write different pieces. She wrote a newspaper report, a poem and a report about WWII. Here is some of her fantastic work. 

If you, like Ava, are feeling creative and would like to do some writing, remember I gave you a website you could try, called Pobble365. Each day, they post a new picture and along with it, they post some inference questions, story starters and sick sentences that need to be fixed. Another good website to use is Once Upon A Picture. You can choose from a wide range of exciting and imaginative pictures (you might recognise a few of them from school). 


I shall love you and leave you for today. Don't forget to send me photographs of your straw challenges! 


Stay safe, keep smiling.

Mrs Naylor heart



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