STEAM Week 2017 – Tuesday

In assembly this morning, we heard all about Rosie Revere, an engineer who persevered and kept going until her designs and ideas worked.  Today, we have adopted her attitude in all of her work and tried our hardest.

After assembly, we went down to the swale to carry out a survey of what it already contains.  It was quite a wet day but that didn’t stop us!  We have a good walk and look round the whole area and even saw some frogs on the way!  We also collected our moth trap and took it back to class where we opened it up to see if we had caught anything.  It had been a very wet night, so we weren’t hopeful, however….we found 5 moths!!!  Unfortunately, 1 escaped and 1 sadly got into the water which had crept into our trap and so didn’t survive.  After chasing a few round the classroom, we managed to get the others into a butterfly garden to observe and photograph.  Zaki also found a lovely big moth at home which is now residing in our butterfly garden too!  We have collected flowers and plants for the moths, so they should be happy there for now.  We will soon release them back into the wild though.

After break, we looked closely at our moths, as well as those from photographs and we learnt how to sketch them properly.  We learnt shading and sketching techniques such as how to make our moths look 3D creating texture, form and shadow.

In the afternoon, we became real engineers and re-designed our swale using computer aided design.  We enjoyed making our own choices about what needs to go into the swale or be kept.  We now just need to write about why we have made those decisions, considering the 6 canal habitats we learnt about yesterday (and also encouraging moths!)

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