As part of our sparkling start for our new topic, we designed and made boats in our class. We will be learning about castles and The Normans within the topic. In Science we will be leaning about forces and the sparkling start allowed the children to think about the forces involved in making a boat float. The children had to design their own boat. They spent time experimenting with different materials to see which would float and which would sink. The children then made and tested their boats on water; checking to see whether they could hold passengers. We had a class competition to see which boat could hold the most passengers. The children put a lot of thought into their designs and enjoyed the activity.