Fidget Spinners

Ah, fidget spinners. The latest craze to sweep classrooms and playgrounds around the country. Anyone remember dabbing and the bottle flip?

Anyway, in P6 we aimed to turn the latest craze into a learning opportunity – all with the help from the wonderful people at Twinkl.

We started off our week by trying out the fantastic interactive worksheets on some facts behind the Fidget Spinner. This was something we were really excited about as previously we have tried to answer worksheets in pdf format on our netbooks and it has been pretty messy. To our delight we found that Twinkl have now started to offer pdf files which you can type straight on to. We loved using them compared to normal worksheets – think of the trees we have saved!


There were a few issues with how to store and send the final document – but that is a teaching point for me to iron out, the resource is solid.


Here are some examples of our work that day:




This was a great start to our learning for the week.


On Wednesday we decided to put our maths and science skills to the test, aiming to see how changing the angle of the spinner changed the duration of the spin.


We worked in pairs to spin the spinner five times with our right hand and five times with our left hand. We also investigated how changing the angle from 180 degrees to 45 degrees changed the spin duration.


We tried our best to make it a fair test so made sure we used similar power on each spin and kept the person who was spinning and the spinner used the same. We also made sure that we didn’t spin it on the desk as friction would slow it down.


We used stop watches to record the time (we then had to convert each time into seconds) then we worked out an average of each hand at both angles. We did this by adding up all the time in seconds and dividing it by the 5 spins.


Once we recorded all of our spins we thought about our results.


Here are some photos of us in action…

Here is an example of the fabulous resource from Twinkl (I edited it slightly to make it more suitable for P6).


So, all in all we had a fabulous day of learning. We used our maths, science and technology skills. Thanks again Twinkl – be sure to check out their variety of resources on Fidget Spinners. We are going to design our own tomorrow.


Also, look out for a couple of guest blog posts by our own pupils and check out a video on our school Twitter page.

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