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# STEAM week_Spring 2023

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How long can it float?

The challenge<br />

For <strong>STEAM</strong> <strong>week</strong> in <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, the<br />

challenge was for pupils to build a boat<br />

that will hold the most weight before it<br />

sinks. An additional boat was chosen to go<br />

through to be judged under the category of<br />

“most creative design.”

The Regatta<br />

Each classroom held its own launch to find the boat that would hold<br />

the most weight to go through to the grand final at the end of <strong>STEAM</strong> <strong>week</strong>.

A. Cardboard<br />

B. Lego<br />

C. Water bottles<br />

D. Egg carton<br />

E. Tin foil<br />

F. Plastic tub<br />

B.<br />

A.<br />

D.<br />

C.<br />

E.<br />

F.

Click on screen to see the boat display

Early Years Foundation Stage<br />

In the classrooms, over the course of the <strong>week</strong>,<br />

the teaching and learning covered a wide variety<br />

of water-based topics, including in Reception<br />

where children undertook floating and sinking<br />

experiments in Science with paper boats and<br />

drew a sailboat scene in Art.

Year 1<br />

In Science, the children investigated how to clean<br />

up an ocean oil spill and learnt that lots of<br />

different animals are affected by such pollution<br />

and it can be very damaging to the environment.<br />

In DT, they designed and made tin foil boats,<br />

then put coins in them to see how much they could<br />

take before it sank. Whilst in Maths, pupils<br />

completed floating fact families.

Year 2<br />

In Year 2, pupils also built tin foil<br />

boats to test how much weight they<br />

could hold and painted watercolour<br />

scenes in their Art lesson.

Year 3

Year 4<br />

Pupils in Year 4 built tin foil boats in Science and<br />

researched The Titanic as part of their History lesson<br />

(including a timeline and a cross section of the ship).

Year 5<br />

Children explored further the concept of<br />

buoyancy and experimented with various<br />

boat designs using marbles as cargo.

Year 6<br />

Pupils researched where the major shipping routes of the world<br />

were located. They spotted that the majority of these waterways<br />

were very narrow and were fascinated to learn<br />

about the 400m long ‘Ever Given’ cargo ship which caused<br />

chaos in 2021 when it completely blocked the Suez Canal.

Boats that held the most weight<br />

These four boats were still floating after all of the<br />

available weigh (11.8kg) was loaded on board<br />

(Year 2)<br />

Liam (Year 4)

Leo (Year 6)

Creative design winners<br />

Lilly (Year 3) Odin (Year 2)

Tammy (Year 5)<br />

James (Year 6)

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