What do you get when you combine tooth picks and marshmallows? An elephant leg, of course!

While that sounds like a corny joke, the more meaningful answer is that you get engaged students, who are learning with purpose as they combine literature studies with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning.

As part of the English curriculum, Prince of Peace Year 4 students are currently studying Asian folklore and writing their own folktale. After reading One Step at a Time, a story about an elephant that loses a leg in South East Asia, they used their STEM skills to design and construct a small-scale elephant prosthetic leg out of tooth picks and marshmallows.

And part of the magic, of course, was making the marshmallows disappear at the end of the lesson…