The theme for our STEM Day across the federation was technology. Every child in our federation worked together on a special day of themed working to expand our STEM skills.
The Nursery children enjoyed using the talking postcards for the first time; they recorded animal sounds and asked friends to guess the animal. We also experimented with magnets and found out which items were magnetic, gave instructions to the programmable dragon and made our own telephones with cups and string.
As part of our STEM day in Reception, we explored the ‘talking postcards.’ We learnt how to record our voices by holding the red button down and then turn it over, hold the black button and play back our recording. We used the postcards to practise our reading and our robot arms. We used letter pebbles to make up words and then recorded ourselves reading the words on the postcards. “I liked listening to them. I could hear people talking” said Barclay.
The children worked around three different activities throughout STEM day. One activity was on the computers linked to the year 1 topic ‘Winter Wonderland’ where the children imported their picture onto a snowman’s body. They were extended by writing a sentence about the snowman. “I liked importing a picture” said Mason.Another activity was using lollipop sticks and blu tac to make 2D and 3D shapes. The children discussed what they had made, including the similarities and differences between the shapes they had made.
The children also investigated how penguins stay waterproof. They coloured in a penguin with a selection of materials including oil pastels, chalk and felt tip pens. Then the children dropped water droplets onto the penguin to see which material was water resistant.
Year 2 enjoyed taking part in a variety of different activities across the day. In one activity the children discussed nocturnal animals and used the beebot as a hedgehog that needed to get to shelter. The children had to plan an algorithm to get the beebot through the route. They then tried their algorithm and observed what worked well and what could be improved. “I really liked doing the beebots because I liked making the different routes to go home” said Leo.
Another activity gave the children the opportunity to use their knowledge about nocturnal, diurnal and crepuscular animals. The children filmed a stop motion animation video showing the animals that are out at different times of the day. The children worked well in teams to engineer their own sets and colour the animals needed. The children independently recorded their own stop motion animation videos on the Ipads and Kindles. They were so impressed to see their finished animations and self-assessed what they thought went well and what could be even better if they made the animation again. “I like that we made all the pictures move in a video” said Isla.
For our final activity we discussed why we have night and day. The children shared their daily routines and sorted the pictures into day and night activities. After they had completed their sorting they had a vertical relay to record any other activities that they do. This linked well with the children’s recent maths learning where the children became confident at telling the time in 15 minute intervals.