For our Castles Design and Technology week we have been learning all about medieval trebuchets (a more accurate version of a catapult). The children researched trebuchets and watch a video of the one at Warwick Castle being fired. They then worked in teams to design and build their own for our trebuchet competition! The winners were the team who threw a marshmallow (and unifix cube) the furthest.
The children did a fantastic job and I was so impressed with all of the working trebuchets! The winning team was Illuminati and the runners up were Special K.
Here are some photographs of their plans and the competition.
Iluminati! Ps: we Won
We think that you need a strong base that is a triangle. We also recommend a moveable pivot that allows the throwing arm to swing.
By Dominic jasper Maisie and millie
Special K’s Trebuchet
Our trebuchet came second in a class competition. It only fired far when going off a high point.
Because our trebuchet was much smaller we had to saw off some of our firing arm.
We spent 2 days planing how our trebuchet would look and work. We had to reinforce our base with string.
By Henry,Alfie.C,william.L and Ronnie
Hi we are team J2o and we completed the class Trebuchet challenge sadly we didn't win but we were glad we completed in the challenge.
When we did a practice ours went the furthest and when we had our second go the final go we lost but always you don't have to win
Doing our trebuchet contest was really exciting not just because we were firing and eating marshmallows it actually teaches us it’s not about winning it’s about taking part and also enjoying the time ! We found out that we needed to improve, because the counterweight was to light .We also thought that outside it affected the speed of the trebuchet. Building it was just as fun as having to compete.
All that matters is that we had a great time doing it , we took part and we learnt something new.
By Alara, Maisee.s , Alfie and peace
Knights in shining armour’s trebuchet
It worked out a bit but not as good as some other trebuchets. We give it 3 out of 5 stars . We think it’s because of the position we through it at.The wind made it harder for the projectile to fly.
It got 4th place
Day One- Blog!
Apologies for the lack of proper blog updates while we were away (we had some technical issues at our end) we had to email a few pictures and updates to the office to add to our page. I have now arrived home and had some tea and will now attempt to write three proper updates with as many pictures as I can upload so you can have a real flavour of our 3 days! Mrs M!
After a long journey on the coach we arrived with 44 VERY excited children who were ready for lots of activities. We had our initial meeting with our course directors- Tom and Adam- and a quick tour of our rooms and the site. After our packed lunch, we went off to enjoy our first activities. Group 1 went off to do the small zip wire, the assault course and agility course. Some of Miss Walton's group managed to get quite wet on the assault course... Group 2 went off to do the vertical challenge and archery. After this we went off for dinner (Mexican chicken, potato wedges, salad and chocolate sponge with chocolate custard!) and then out again for our first nights activity of Next Stop- which involved LOTS of running around.
We all came back together after showers and putting pyjamas on to have a hot chocolate and reflect on our first day. Everyone had enjoyed their activities and felt that they had been challenged in different ways. After a 'little' bit of chatting time everyone went off to sleep ready for day 2!
Here is a slideshow from Day 1:
Everyone managed to stay in their rooms until 7am before breakfast at 8 and what a breakfast it was!! We had cereals and toast followed by scrambled eggs, waffles and beans! At 9:30 we went off to our first activities which were swapped over from Monday afternoon. It was great to see lots of great team work and encouragement from all the children, supporting each other and encouraging everyone to challenge themselves.
After lunch (jacket potatoes with beans or tuna, salad, biscuits and fruit), we enjoyed some of the really exciting activities. Group One went on the climbing wall and the Powerfan (check out the videos!) while Group 2 went on the big zipper and played some team tasks.
After dinner (chicken burgers, chips and peas followed by ice cream with raspberry or chocolate sauce) we made our way to the woods to play Mad Hatters! This is basically a huge game of ‘tig’ but those children who are ‘it’ wear mad hats! We only had to play a couple of games before everyone, staff included, were exhausted!
After hot chocolates in our pjs and a- much shorter- chatting session everyone was asleep nice and early after such a busy day!
Our final morning was spent checking we had everything packed and the adults checked and doubled checked the rooms, gathering up random wet shoes left on the shoe rack! Perhaps someone should have check Miss Walton’s room too….! After moving our bags out of our rooms we went off for our final activities- a straight swap of the previous afternoon.
When we met up after lunch (pepperoni pizza and the most delicious rocky road crispy cakes) all of the children were able to share a challenge they had achieved and said they felt more confident now than they did at the beginning of the week. We had such a wonderful time and the children really worked hard to try lots of new, and sometimes scary, things.
I hope they are able to share lots of exciting stories of what they got up to while they were away and remember to say thank you for any Hilltop Telegrams they received! I hope they all have a good night’s sleep- I know the adults will! On the Homepage there is a button at the bottom which says 'Barnack videos' in here you will find a video of some of the PowerFan and Big Zipper drops!
Here are a few of my photos from Day 3!
Update from Mrs Maxwell, Miss Murden, Miss Walton and Miss Rice...
The first day/night has been great fun and the children were very tired when they went to bed! Here are a few quotes from the children throughout the day!
Matilda - 'I liked the agility course and the assault course because I liked the challenges'.
Peace - 'It was very adventurous, I liked getting dirty! I liked the army bits, under the nets and working as a team'.
Rose - 'I enjoyed climbing up to the top of the vertical challenge with all the obstacles like the tyres'.
Jeremy - 'I really enjoyed archery because I like to see where I was and challenge myself to reach my goal'.
Millie - 'I liked having a go at things and pushing myself to have a go at things'.
Today we have watched the John Lewis advert, The Bear and the Hare. We discussed what Christmas is and how it is celebrated.
Here is a link to the video: https://www.literacyshed.com/bearandhare.html
We then wrote to the bear to explain what Christmas is.
What a fantastic day!
Today we visited Peterborough Museum for their Really Romans Day. The children had a fantastic time learning about Roman life, meals, money, life as a soldier and they made their own Roman faces in clay.
The children we excellent ambassadors for the school and were engaged in all of the activities- they ALL earnt ERIC points. Well done!
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