Space Art11-07-2020 | 18:46:02 | Comments Off on Space Art

Some of our younger children have been creating their own fantastic 3D space pictures using pastels as they near the end of their topic.

#WerringtonSTEM Bubbles, pondweed, plants and unusual uses for usual items10-07-2020 | 10:13:35 | Comments Off on #WerringtonSTEM Bubbles, pondweed, plants and unusual uses for usual items

Good science all around yesterday. We started off by exploring surface tension in viscous liquids…

Bubble paintings

The finished products

What can you see here? It’s like cloud spotting (the scientific name for which is pareidolia):

We proceeded to some botany and zoology…

Planting lobelia & making friends

We also did a touch of ecology…

Clearing the yucky, slimy weed from the pond

That’s not to say all we did was fling dirt around all day; we did also do some high-octane thinking. Here, in a continuation of our previous morning task blog, are many uses for two household items (both presented in the form of Kenning poems, for added spice):

We’re Mayan now…08-07-2020 | 16:01:05 | Comments Off on We’re Mayan now…

Finally, our Mayan vessels are finished!

And the final results (which are hard to truly appreciate in a 2-D form):

#WerringtonSTEM – Nets & Dancing07-07-2020 | 17:27:52 | Comments Off on #WerringtonSTEM – Nets & Dancing

A varied afternoon today, with a continuation of our work on 3-D shapes from this morning:

Platonic/regular solids

Er… NON-Platonic, most definitely IRregular solids

We also found the time to create a dance. How many moves can you spot from David Bowie, Mick Jagger, the 1960s, and MC Hammer? (Can you identify the mystery dancer at the window??)

A trio of testing technical tasks #WerringtonSTEM03-07-2020 | 13:03:40 | Comments Off on A trio of testing technical tasks #WerringtonSTEM

A scientific afternoon on Thursday, with not one, not two, but three tasks designed to help us explore a variety of concepts including:

  • the controlling factors in sound production on a string under tension;
  • propulsion via the use of pressurised gases;
  • creation of rigid structures.

Translating as:


Fortunately, this is SCIENCE, not MUSIC.

Balloon rockets

Jude’s final and best design. Went like a (literal and metaphorical) rocket.

Newspaper towers

And finally, on a non-science note, here (from our morning task) is what the children think is contained in the boot of my car:

(For the avoidance of doubt: NONE of these things are contained in the boot of my car)

My name is mud…01-07-2020 | 16:42:21 | Comments Off on My name is mud…

We’re likely quite unpopular with those who do the washing in the house today. In the morning, we finally embarked on our Mayan pottery, covering ourselves in clay…

And in the afternoon, we rolled up our sleeves to set our shoulders to 8 metric tonnes of top soil…

What we can assure you is that we had a great deal of fun, exercise, and learning. So, hopefully, the washing is worth the payoff.

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