Hatherleigh Primary School


To round off the Year 5 topic about Dartmoor the children built sections of the Lego map which we joined togather.

Yr 5 Topic of Victorians in Africa.

We talked about some of the people that influenced Africa in the Victorian times and the develpment of railways. We designed and built trains.

Once we had built our trains we thought about some of the problems the Victorians encountered while building the railways......valleys!     so we build bridges for the trains to cross.

We though about how to build strong bridges and decided that using tri-angles would be really strong.



We tested the bridges for strength and sent the trains across.





Year 6 Topic.  Anglo Saxons and Vikings.

First we built a fleet of Viking ships.  (someone forgot to take pictures of them all!)

We then developed some catapults that the Anglo Saxon might have had.

we build the catapult and tested them to see how far we could fire a Lego mini figure, we then modified them to improve the distance fired and recorded the results. We also drew technical diagrams of the catapults.

Technic Lego in schools

Schools I've working with.

Chudleigh C of E Primary School.

Redhills Community Primary, Exeter

Bradley Barton, Newton Abbot.

Rydon Community School, Kingsteignton.

Hazeldown Community School, Teignmouth.

St Lukes, Exeter.

St Catherines C of E Primary, Heathfield.

Hatherleigh Primary School.

Park School, Bournemouth.

Stover School.

Ravenscourt park  School, London.

East Allington Primary School.


STEM Groups

This group runs for 1 hour over 5 weeks for groups of 4 children.


session1. Strong structures.

session2. Motorised vehicles,                       understanding gears

session3. Fast vehicles: gears/                     ratios.

session4. Slow vehicles: gears/                     ratios.

session5. Other uses for low                         gearing, cranes,                           lift a brick..


Small group sessions.

Pupil Premium Groups.

Whole class sessions.

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