Pupils from Upton Junior School have been getting scientific

Upton pupils with their marble runs

The force is with children from Upton Junior School in Broadstairs.

It may not have been Star Wars but there was plenty of science action on show when Year 3 pupils celebrated their Feel the Force topic with a Design and Technology Day and a science fair.

The children took on the challenge to design and create their own marble runs using junk modelling materials.

During the topic they investigated the effects of gravity and friction and this helped them as they considered their designs.

Fran Hare-Winton, Head of Year 3, said: “They chose smooth surfaces so there was less friction. We also discussed how to make the marble go faster or slower by making the run steeper or flatter.

“The science fair was a great success and many parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles attended the afternoon. It enabled the children to share their creations with their adults from home, as well as describing the process of designing their marble run and making it.

“D&T day was a fantastic day for the children and there was a real buzz in Year 3. It truly was a day for imagination, investigation and creativity. The children showed remarkable ingenuity and resilience.”

There were a variety of designs on show from the simple to the complex. Among the designers were eight year olds Alice, Luke and Jack. They said: “The topic was great fun and we learnt a lot about friction, gravity and the sort of surfaces that are best for our marbles to run smoothly. Making the marble runs took time and we had to get them just right so that the marble travelled evenly from the top to the bottom of the chute.”

Upton Junior School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Chilton Primary School and Ramsgate Free School.

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