We were all off-timetable last week at Fairmead and doing interesting and fun-filled activities instead.
The week kicked off with Sports Day, but on Tuesday the growing environmental crisis prompted us to dedicate a day to Climate Change Awareness, which was brilliantly organised by LSA Rosie Shackell.
We learnt about plastic pollution, deforestation, eco-bricks and recycling with the help of some informative film clips and hands-on activities.
Wednesday was our Maths Day featuring genius Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities organised by maths coordinator Kim Manton-Steer.
Among the problem solving challenges were Cola Hoax, a wet and sticky activity where students had to figure out how to get one or two packs of Mentoes mints very quickly inside a bottle of coco-cola to produce a explosive fountain of coke.
Other activities included balloon tower, marvelous machines, igloo building and the earthquake challenge.
Thursday was all about art, as students got creative with clay, cooking and making solar prints using leaves, flowers and feathers that were found on the school field.
Pictured is one of the finished prints made by one of the students using leaves, flowers and left to develop out in the sunshine.
The afternoon saw the culmination of our ongoing Podules Project with international artist Jan. Over six weeks, learning groups have taken it in turns to work on a group podule with Jan’s help. The podules featured in an earlier post, where we explained that they were intended to become safe spaces for students to go inside when they need to chill out. They are made from off cut materials from different manufacturing industries. The final result was stunning!
The Podules Project produced some amazing ‘cradles of creativity’ which are already being enjoyed by students needing some shade from the sun.