Visit to the Crooked Spire.
On Friday 17th March Class 4 went on a visit to the Crooked Spire in Chesterfield. We learned how mediaeval builders constructed the tower and how to sketch it in 3D perspective. We then bravely climbed the narrow spiral staircase inside the tower, where we were able to see the amazing construction inside the tower, before going out onto the rather wet and windy parapet to look out over Chesterfield and beyond.
At Chesterfield Museum we saw the original builders’ windlass, which was used to help construct the church, learned about its design and how it was used within the church.
After a well-earned lunch, we worked in teams to design and build a tower and pulley system out of Lego and other materials. The squeeze test was used, but luckily all the towers were strong enough to withstand it! We then designed and built a system to lift an object from the bottom of the tower to the top using a system of levers and pulleys.
We all had an excellent day and learned a lot about designing and building structures.