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Year 5 Experiment

The Loy Krathong festival is just around the corner!

Loy Krathong is a festival celebrated throughout Thailand on the full moon in the month of November. The name can be translated as “Floating Crown” or “Floating Decoration” and originates from the tradition of making floral decorations with a range of natural materials that are then floated on a river. For families new to Thailand, Loy Krathong Day is a joyful festival that we celebrate at Samakee enthusiastically!

As Science Week gets underway, our Thai Culture class decided to take a scientific approach to this very special event. Their objective was to use only environmentally friendly products in the making of their krathongs. Therefore, the Year 5 children designed and created their krathongs using a range of materials including, pineapples, coconuts and bread. They then experimented to find out whether or not they would float or sink when put into a river.

The children worked well in their small groups, sharing ideas, and exploring all the possibilities with the materials available. They were very proud of their creative and attractive designs and they floated successfully – great job Year 5!


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