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Summer Term 1: Scream Machine

Scream Machine - Which is the most important force and why?


Roll up, roll up! We’re going on a day trip to a theme park!


This half term, we’ll write poems to capture the excitement of riding a roller coaster and investigate the wonders of centripetal force. After carrying out fair tests to investigate the materials used to make roller coasters, we’ll create prototype rides of our own. Let’s hope we choose the right materials! In our computing work, we’ll upload photographs of rides and examine online theme park maps. Then, we’ll use advanced techniques and commands to search for information on the internet. In English, we’ll write stories, signs and emails about theme parks and investigate forces by making a ride. We’ll design a roller coaster using software such as Scratch and look at online advertising.


At the end of the ILP, we’ll write non-fiction books, using a variety of sources including online information. We’ll use software to write computer programs, and deliver a presentation to advertise a ride. Finally, we’ll make some delicious fairground food for everyone to enjoy!


Help your child prepare for their project
In Scream Machine, the children will learn the secrets of theme park design and how their favourite rides work. Why not look at toys with moving parts at home, to see if you can find out how they work? You could also research famous theme parks around the world online. Which are the most popular rides? Alternatively, you could research Walt Disney’s successful theme parks. Where in the world are they?

In design and technology, year 5 have used a variety of materials to create fairground rides.

In English, year 5 have been learning and rehearsing a model poem.

Year 5 have been on a roller coaster ride (virtually). They have created movements and used their imagination.

We have been learning about centripetal force in Science. We experimented using buckets.

Year 5 have been using the boomwhackers to learn about melody and scales.

Year 5 have been investigation different forces in their science lesson.

We have been making fairground food in design and technology.

We have been looking at electrical circuits and how they work.

Year 5 have debated our big question to decide which is the most important force. Some fantastic points being made in all arguments with some thought provoking questions being asked.

We have had a variety of bouncy activities to investigate forces. We had a fantastic day!