Traction Man is here!
With an outfit for every occasion, he patrols the house saving toys, guarding toast, searching for lost wrecks and rescuing damsels in distress. Our hero is ready for anything… or is he?
To start off our topic with a BANG (onomatopoeia, remember?!) we had a superhero day. All of the children and staff came dressed as their favourite hero (or one that they had invented). As a surprise, we had a visit from the boss of all superheroes, Traction Man! He was looking to recruit some new heroes, but he had a list of criteria that we had to meet!!
To become one of his new recruits the children had to prove they are agile, great writers, good at problem solving and most importantly have a growth mindset. Traction Man told us that it's very important to "never give up" and "to always try our best."
Elsa's bad day
First we had a think about what would happen if we cut the balloon over someone's head.
- It will pop and go everywhere.
- It will smash on the floor.
- They'll be soaked.
Then we discussed how to rescue the heroes:
- Pop it with a pin.
- Smash it on the floor.
- Peel the balloon off the ice and let it melt.
We measured the circumference of the ice balloons at the start, after 20 minutes, after an hour and at the end of the day.
Discovery Dog noticed that Traction Man was very wet after his diving adventure. He said that Year 2 children would find out which paper towel is the most absorbent so he can dry quickly and get on with his next mission.
First we felt three different towels and thought about how absorbent we thought each towel would be.
Next we ranked the towels from 1-3. 1 being the most absorbent and 3 the least.
Then we decided how much water we would add to the towels - we discussed that we would have to keep this the same so that it is fair. 2EL decided to put 2.5ml of water on each towel.
When we had put the water on the towel we measured how far the water had spread, using a ruler or dienes rods. 2EL came to the conclusion that the towel with the smallest spread of water was the most absorbent.
Finally, we wrote about our results, Mrs Lavelle was very impressed with our accuracy when measuring.