Staverton C.E. Primary School
School Lane, Staverton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire,
Welcome to Gorillas
Gorillas will launch their new learning challenge questions with a visit to the SS Great Britain in Bristol. The children will travel back in time to Victorian Britain and experience the launch of the SS Great Britain. During our topic we will be finding out about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and we will learn all about his engineering projects.
Trip to SS Great Britain
On Thursday 2nd November Gorillas went to visit the SS Great Britain.The trip enabled the children to see the ship set up as it would have been on a voyage to Australia in the 19th Century. They also enjoy a workshop entitled “Brunel, our engineering hero”. In the school room we enjoyed our workshop where the children loved “making” the ship using real tools. Once the ship was ready for the launch, the children were able to dress up in Victorian clothing. It was very exciting! We had Victorian children, the crew, the engineers (including Brunel in his tall hat!), gentlemen and ladies. Once we had grabbed our flags we went outside to the 'launch'. The children cheered and waved their flags as the champagne broke onto the ship.
It was then time to explore the ship. We all loved exploring the different decks of the ship from the first class saloon where passengers could enjoy tea to the steerage compartments where third class passengers had quite a hard time on their long journey. We also visited the kitchens, the bakery, the deck and saw where the horses and animals were kept.
It was an exciting trip and the children learnt so much from the real smells of the ship to the facts about how it was built.
This term, Gorillas will be answering the question 'Would you rather go on safari in the UK or Africa?' We will also be finding out 'Why are there large wild animals like the gorilla in danger of extinction today?'
Gorillas have been set the challenge to post a Pringle crisp to school so that it arrives in one piece, with no crumbs! We have had the opportunity to design something to protect the pringle using objects in school. The real challenge involves us only using paper and card. We will need to investigate how to stiffen and strengthen card so that it forms a safe package for our Pringle. We will also need to think about how we can stop the Pringle rattling around in its packet.