BUBWITH PRIMARY SCHOOL – GEARS, LEVERS AND PULLEYS – CASE STUDY
Bubwith Primary school visited on two dates in March 2019. Year 5 children took part in gears, levers and pulleys activities to support their science topic of ‘forces’. Children explored gears by acting as human gears, by looking at the old Mill, and by making their own gear systems using bottle tops, cardboard and pins. The group learnt how a pulley system can make it easier to lift a load by lifting buckets of water on a pulley system in the Forest School area. Levers were covered by playing on see-saws made of bricks and plants, and then lifting weights with levers. Children explored how moving the fulcrum or pivot would give them a mechanical advantage. Not only this, but marshamllows were cooked at lunchtime as an extra treat!
The best bit of the day was, “the practical activities that allowed pupils to learn about science in a ‘fun’ way… It was a well-organised day in a fabulous setting. Thank you for the marshmallow treats too – they were fab!” Amy Bayliss, Head Teacher.