It is amazing to think that it has been half a term (and a bit) since I sat down to share something I’d been doing. With Christmas quickly encroaching into the end of last term that was over and done and then this half term has flown by. This aptly introduces our most recent Creative Fortnight which was themed ‘Transport’ with the year 4 topic being ‘Air Transport’. Initially this was far more challenging than the Africa Creative fortnight as my knowledge in this area was quite limited however as always when you’re a teacher, you learn and then you go for it.
We began this week with a look at the development of air transport using a range of images (anything from Da Vinci’s flying machine, to war planes, to Concorde) and trying to order them from old to current. This sparked a lot of debate – had some of them ever flown? Would you dare to ride in a plane like that? Did someone really try to fly with wings strapped to them? From here the children then chose designs to focus on all the details and create a sketch focussing on the fine details of these modes of transport. From here the children went on to design and model cases and attachments for planes using both their DT skills and their knowledge of circuits.
As well as designing sections and improvements for planes we also looked at creating our own modes of air transport. We explored Hot Air Balloons and enjoyed the story of the first ever riders (a duck, a sheep and a rooster) making our own balloons using papier-mâchéwith an origami basket. As well as this we made paper aeroplanes, trying to make them as aerodynamic as possible for a special championship and kites, looking at the differences between the necessary features to help planes (gliders really) fly compared to kites.
Finally, getting a little creative with the Air Transport theme we also explored Disney Pixar’s film ‘Up’ and the transporting of a house using Helium balloons. We learnt about the effects of Helium and find out that with enough balloons it could have been possible to life a house. We made our own flying house display using brick rubbings, making roof tiles and carefully sticking tissue paper around a wire rim. We even found out the people at National Geographic really did fly a house; see the video here:
We explored the strength of balloons and investigated what we could lift in the classroom using a number of balloons. We finished in the hall trying to lift a teddy with all the balloons the year group had.