Whilst the majority of Eagles and a few Owls were at Newlands tag rugby, Eagle Owls took part in a DT day. The first session of the morning was spent in the hall making shapes to see which was the strongest. We found out that triangles are the strongest, and Ivy's tetrahedron was very strong indeed.
We used what we had found out to build spaghetti towers on the playground. Mrs Holt. Mrs Taverner and Mrs Fowler were very impressed with the level of teamwork and ingenuity.
In the afternoon we designed and made parachutes to drop eggs safely. The two groups who were successful had similar designs - the egg was entirely encased in a cube. The team with a tray design's egg made the most spectacular splat!
On Monday we were visited by an author - Billy Bob Buttons. He talked a bit about his books, then shared with us how to plan a story. It was surprising to learn that he doesn't start with a character, or a plot, or setting; but with an audience. Most of his books are aimed at girls and boys aged 8-11.
He used some of Eagles to make a human story plan. The different heights of the children represented different levels of tension. He advised us to always have a gripping start to our stories and not to start with description. He also got us to think about teh relationship readers develop with the characters.
We voted at the end for a story for him to read to us - Billy Bob was very surprised we wanted 'The Boy Who Piddled In His Grandad's Slippers'! He thought we might want a more grown up story - but Mrs Holt and Mr Major knew better!
Eagles are improving their hockey skills weekly with our hockey sessions. They are all capable of a controlled push pass and can hit and dribble. Their defense is also good. We try not to lift the sticks above our waists to minimise any accidental contact! Charlie S and Alex B have done a sterling job of refereeing - not an easy task, especially when Mrs Holt is playing!