Grade 3 have spent lots of time inquiring into how humans have measured time. Looking at what resources they have used to do so and what mechanisms are in place to ensure that time is measured precisely.
So, with this information in mind, we set out to build our own time devices. Our aim was to create a time device that could consistently and accurately measure a 20 second period of time. This was a very complicated task and, although we created very detailed plans, it was only when we actively started to test our ideas that we started to understand the nature of the task and the difficulties involved with it.
Please see below some photos and a video from the planning and creating stages of our machines. Then there is a video of our finished efforts.
Museum of Astronomy
Last week we were very lucky to visit the Astronomy Institute in Tashkent. This was an excellent chance for us to witness some amazing old time devices that date back many hundreds of years. We looked at how they functioned and how they evolved as new technologies and ideas came about.
We were also able to each have a look out of one of the largest working telescopes in Central Asia. As it was daytime there was not a lot to see, but it was fun to touch the telescope and imagine how amazing it would be at night-time with a sky full of stars and planets.
For our 'How We Organise Ourselves' summative assessment the children were given a very tough time challenge. They had to, in their small teams, complete a series of tasks within a set period of time. This was designed to test their organisational and time management skills, as well as to give them the chance to show how they prioritise and create a plan.