The Rolls Royce Digital 3D Printing Project
The Inventors class had an exciting visit from Mr Hedges (Head of DT at SMCC). The school has been chosen to take part in a pilot project funded by Rolls Royce. The children partook in an afternoon learning about Tinkercad (a computer aided design programme) and used 3D printing techniques. The children spent time designing a lego brick key ring in 3D modelling software. In another task, the pupils became archeologists, excavating 3D printed dinosaur bones in a group challenge. Collaborative skills were needed to construct and complete the dinosaur skeleton.
Parents will be delighted to hear that each child now has a logon to use this fantastic design website at home. Mr Hedges is keen to see how the Year 5 and 6 children explore this further; mentioning he will print any of the creative designs at South Molton Secondary and bring in the models.
This was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to be inspired by the technology which many professionals use as part of their daily jobs. Do we have some budding architects or car and product designers among the Inventors class? Watch this space!
Many thanks to Mr Hedges and his DT team for the masterclass session.
The Inventors were visited by Mr Plaza, a Science teacher from Park Community School. As the class has been learning about space, Mr Plaza challenged the class to question whether science illustrations of the Solar System are actually accurate?
Using playdough, the children made scaled versions of each of the planets and ventured to the field to demonstrate the vastness of the solar system.
Mr Plaza was highly complementary of the Inventors learning, stating that the questions they fielded were some of the best he’s ever heard from the Primary Schools he has visited.
Appledore Book Festival
The Appledore Book Festival visited Swimbridge this week. Joshua Seigal, the author of ‘I Bet I Can Make You Laugh’ visited Year 4, 5, and 6 as Nick Toczek, author of ‘Dragons are Back’ shared his poetry with the Adventurers and Discoverers class.
The sessions were filled with creativity, imagination and laughter which inspired fantastic writing. It was a great opportunity for the children to meet a successful author and talented poet who embody the school’s vision for Swimbridge children to love books and to have a lifelong love of reading.
Over and Above- 'Purple Day'
The children at Swimbridge accessorised their uniform with a splash of purple to help raise money for the local hospital charity in Barnstaple. All the children donated money and enjoyed a Doughnut sale at the end of the school day! Learning about the School value of supporting the local community and putting our values in action.
Theatre Alibi- Wake Up and Boogie
This week we have been celebrating welcoming visitors back into school with a visit from ‘Theatre Alibi’. This year, the children experienced live music, singing and dancing from the performers with a key central message to be positive; celebrating the goodness of life. Each class had a special performance which captivated the children’s imagination and certainly made them ‘Wake up and Boogie’.
“The Theatre visit was so interesting with an important message that even if you are scared about doing something, you should just go for it”- Chloe
“I enjoyed the street dancing, we got to join in. Listening to the music was really calming”- Jack