In response to a visit from Mrs Orchard from the Orchard Toy Company, 3/4 will explore ways to create a new range of magnetic games. They will write formal letters to the Toy Company accepting the challenge. Also, throughout the topic, the children will expand their knowledge of forces and magnets to research the best materials for their games. To create the “perfect” magnetic game the children will research existing games and conduct surveys. When planning their design, they will have to take into consideration the durability and appearance of the game. The success of the game will also depend on the quality of the written instructions which accompany it. The Chairperson of the toy company will choose the three best games and year 1 and 2 will get an opportunity to play them all at a Games Convention.
Mrs Orchard, from Orchard Toys, came to visit the children having heard about their amazing science skills. The toy company had received many requests from teachers of infant classes for new and innovative games aimed at making their lessons fun and enjoyable. Mrs Orchard would be back later in the term to see how we got on and judge our final products.