All day, I have been giving the children lots of hints of what we will be doing in the afternoon, some of which have included : "we are going to be making something to allow us to fly!" All of the children were intrigued to find out what I had in store for them, as well as thinking I was going to help them make wings to fly home at the end of the day! Now although that would possibly work considering how windy it has been in the last few days....we were actually making parachutes to investigate the effects of air resistance, which is part of our science topic on forces. Much to my delight, the children were extremely excited to be making these parachutes, and learning lots of new vocabulary to describe what was happening with our parachute in relation to air resistance.
I would definitely say that science is one of my class' favourite subjects, they are always completely engaged and the discussions we create as a class are simply fascinating! Anyway, back to the parachutes......
The children worked in pairs to design and make 3 parachutes, using plastic bags, tin foil, tape and string (at this stage they realised we wouldn't be strapped to the parachutes and flying home!)
After the creating process, which was such fun to watch and observe, because the children were working so well together designing these parachutes, and continuously discussing the different variables they were going to include or change.
The time quickly came round to test out our parachutes....an exciting time!!
The children all had such fun during this investigation, I was even asked if we could make a larger one to carry the whole class...I'm not sure how well this would work using tin foil, plastic bags and string.....maybe we should just predict what we think might happen!!!!
Another fantastic Science lesson, well done everyone :)