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How do we slow down Santa's Sleigh?

This theme saw the children working scientifically using their current knowledge and expanding their understanding of forces to attempt to slow Santa's sleigh. The children firstly became engaged with the concept of varying forces and friction by taking a visit to the playground and swinging on the swing and sliding down the slide with and without a towel under them. We used toy cars and saw how far and fast they travelled on differing surfaces while varying the propulsion that was used to make them travel. The children especially enjoyed making parachutes for Papa Smurf to see if he would fall to earth at a slower speed when dropped from a range of heights.  Amazing suggestions of using gravity, wind resistance with parachutes, increasing the weight of his load and reducing reindeer were all explored.