Forces and Fairgrounds

Forces and Fairgrounds is an exciting topic which is heavily led by Design Technology (DT), Science and Maths. The central idea is that the children learn about forces all around us, through fairground or theme park rides! They visit a local theme park with a view to finding out about forces, movement and the features of each ride—as well as having fun of course! They use and apply their skills in Maths by putting together a design and business plan for the buidling of their models. They have a budget with which to buy the materials they need and there is a shop to visit to do the purchasing!

When they return to school, they begin designing and building working models of the rides. Our objective then is to build our own model theme park with a variety of different rides! The children explore forces all around us, such as friction, gravity and air resistance, in Science experiments and through their DT work.

 

Cross curricular Maths is developed when the children put together a design and business plan for their models. There is a class shop which sells all the materials they will need and the children have a budget. They use and apply their maths skills to calculate the costs, visit the shop and work out the change. There is also much maths involved in the measuring of the wood, card and other materials.

The children learn a range of DT skills such as sawing, using a glue gun and drilling.

The children begin by building a rollercoaster car, beginning with a frame.

 

We hold a competition to see which car will travel fastest and furthest, including lots of cross curricular Maths.

Next the children build working models of the fairground rides they experienced on the visit, exploring simple mechanics such as pulleys and pivots.

 

The majority of the work in English is explored through the Forces and Fairgrounds theme. The children read and write exciting stories and poems about fairgrounds and theme parks. They write adventure stories and 'kenning' poems. These are some of the texts used.
Much of the reading and writing this term is non fiction, in the form of text types like explanations and reports. The children read many scientific texts like these: