Flying Week 27 to 31 July - Day by day review

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Day 5 - Flying week - Kites

So far in our flying investigation we've looked into parachutes, helicopters, capes, gliders, planes and how to make them move. Through this we've learned what it makes to be a hero, people and animals that help us, movement, elevation, forces and so much more! Today however we're going to look at something different that flies - kites!

At Auchlone we were able to make a fish shaped kite - look at that! We twisted some willow into shape and then cut grease proof paper out to stick over the top of it. We also found that it was important to slowly release the length of string as we ran with our kites.

In South Lanarkshire they opted for a traditional kite shape but in a great, bright colour! 
East Renfrewshire saw them making a kite to see if they could use the wind and air to move the kite the same way the birds, insects and seeds we've been investigating use it to move. They we were looking at the different ways the air moved gliders and wanted to see if different shapes moved further.

This lot managed to escape Edinburgh on their trip to Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve to investigate more of flying.

In East Ayrshire they made parachute with lego men and even tried to make a parachute with a rhubarb leaf and stretch Armstrong - albeit it unsuccessfully. However, in their own words at "at least we tried". They found a beetle on the leaf that they discovered opened up to let the wings come out so they can fly.

Day 4 - Flying week - Heroes and capes

Today we're thinking about superheroes and who we think they are and what makes someone a hero. We talked about Batman and how the bats that inspired him use their wings to fly. But we know that not all heroes wear capes. A hero can be someone who does something extraordinary or goes out of their way to help others. We know that the doctors and nurses of the NHS are heroes for helping us all but we also talked about how animals like therapy dogs can be heroes. 

However today we're having a go at making our own capes so here are some of our nature explorer heroes from across the country!

In South Lanarkshire they put a lot of thought and discussion into drawing a diagram of their superheroes cape before an afternoon of trial and error modifications and construction!

On Orkney they cut, sewed and coloured various superheroes capes out of old pyjamas.

In Dumfries and Galloway they spent the day colouring and decorating a superhero cape out of paper!

In North Ayrshire they held their flying investigations down at the allotment. The perfect for a nature school!

In East Ayrshire they had fun making capes for Iron Man and Thor - but apparently it was too wet for them to fly today!


And finally here at Auchlone we created a superhero cape for a pet dog by threading a string through the small holes in our material and tying them together.


We also cut wings out of leather and sewed a flamed imprint material to make a stuffed superhero dragon. There's also a wooden bat wing with a special superhero logo on them.

Day 3 - Flying week - Gliders

Our investigation into flying progresses by asking the question, how do things glide and soar? We do this by thinking about how a bird might use its feathers to soar and how we might use force to give a toy glider enough energy to fly along. This is also going to help us explore our skills of folding and following instructions and think about distance and aiming.

At Auchlone they had a great time creating his hang glider with willow branches, wire, leaves and tape. 

Up in Orkney they made this fab looking paper plane - I bet it glides for miles!

In Glasgow they've been catching up on our flying investigation by having lots of fun making different helicopters out of paper and Duplo. Mum handed over the reins today and let her 9yr old son talk to his brother and sister about what they thought about seeds that twist and turn as they fall to the ground and then come up with plans to make helicopters. Great job!

In South Lanarkshire they went on a discovery walk and were talking about how birds of all shapes and sizes can glide, but some birds can’t - like an ostrich.

Day 2 - Flying week - Helicopters

Today's investigation continues today with helicopters! To carry out our investigation we wonder why some seeds fall from trees straight down, like a conker, and why others twist and spin as they falls.

So we're asking you to go out and find things in nature that spiral and twist, or perhaps you could have a go at making your own helicopter out of paper.

At Auchlone, the children followed instructions to make paper helicopters as others took inspiration from the sycamore seeds and created a natural helicopter.

In North Lanarkshire this lot were busy playing with toy helicopters and decorating paper ones!

In Aberdeenshire they made a kite to fly today, a little bit of improvising with a stick and some spinning to help it 'fly' as it wasn't very windy!

Day 1 - Flying week - Parachutes

Welcome to Cohort 2!

In this week's investigation we think about flying. We begin by investigating the ideas of elevation, the uplift of air, forces and weight distribution across a canopy . We can do this by going outside and finding dandelions and watching the seeds fly away or perhaps by making your own parachute.

Here at Auchlone we had a brilliant time making parachutes for our resident dinosaurs!

In Stirling they avoided the rain by experimenting with indoor flying discussions today. They were working out which toys fly, making parachutes and even racing tissue paper!


In North Lanarkshire they had trials of experimental parachutes for their toys.

In East Renfrewshire making rockets that fly was a huge success as well as cutting the paper, counting the pieces, decorating, aiming, blowing and estimating if the longer straw would make the rocket go further!

In East Ayrshire they found a very brave test pilot to try out a homemade parachute. As part of their investigation they even found they could keep it in the air by using a hairdryer!

We've loved seeing all the things you got up to on the first day of Virtual Nature School so keep posting in your Facebook group and check in with this blog daily to see what everyone else has been trying out!



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