STEM Space Workshop

This week, Years 5 & 6 welcomed Dr. Irene Wise, from Lancaster University, to lead them in a Space themed workshop.

We looked at the problems faced by the crew of Apollo 13, and tried to work out how to solve it using a plastic box, a rubber tube, a plastic bag, cardboard and tape!

We tested the properties of various materials to see which would be useful in space for different purposes.

Finally, we designed and made prototype landing pod to safely land an astronaut (jelly baby) onto the surface of Mars.

Marvellous Morecambe Trip

On Monday, all of Year 5 and 6 spent the day in Marvellous Morecambe! We began our day by visiting the Heritage Centre and Winter Gardens, as well as following an old map of Morecambe to see how land use has changed.

After lunch, we walked from the Midland Hotel to Happy Mount Park, using old photographs of Morecambe landmarks (like Bubbles, the Pleasure Park, the piers and Crinkley Bottom) to identify the same views today and take photographs of those views.

Huge thanks to Morecambe Heritage Centre and The Winter Gardens for opening especially for us, making the day more memorable and enjoyable.

Victorian Day

On Monday 23rd April, Classes 9, 10 and 11 experienced a fantastic Victorian Day to launch our new topic, ‘Marvellous Morecambe’ in which we will be learning about the development of seaside towns, including Morecambe, during the Victorian era.

We experienced Victorian style lessons in the morning, including arithmetic, handwriting and an object lesson about potatoes. In the afternoon, we visited the Old Boys’ Grammar School in the village to look at the collection of Victorian toys and artefacts there. We also looked at extracts from the original school log books, discovering what life in school was like in 1875. Finally, we also played some games that Victorian children would have played: hopscotch, hoop and stick, marbles, jacks, pick-up-sticks and a potato race.

The children (and staff) had a great time, although we don’t think we would like Victorian lessons everyday!