Science Week

15th March 2019

Science Week (11th to 15th March), is always a highlight of the school year.

The week incorporates science, technology, engineering and maths activities with all children taking part in a wide range of exciting learning experiences to further develop their knowledge and ignite enquiry and fascination.

Our Science Homework Challenge, once again, produced some amazing and creative entries. The focus was ‘Cracking Contraptions’ and pupils were set the task of designing or making a gadget that would assist them in the mornings with getting out of bed, preparing breakfast or getting dressed. We had a huge array of posters, models and film clips which have been displayed in the Hall for parents and children to view. A huge well done and thank you to everyone who participated – the children have really enjoyed sharing their fantastic work.

During Science Week, our Year 5 pupils visited Cromwell Community College to try and solve a mystery through forensic activities which included chromatography, flame tests and finger print and fibre analysis. Year 6 were visited by a member of staff from Cromwell who led a captivating session on the heart and its function and included heart dissection.  The Raptor Centre brought birds of prey (including a Barn Owl, an Eagle Owl and a Harris Hawk) into school and gave very informative talks, finishing with a superb flying display in the Hall. The Mad Science team presented a ‘Reactions in Action’ assembly. Dan the Danger Man and Supersonic Suzy created some mind-boggling eruptions and Pre-School and Reception took part in a ‘Fantastic Fliers’ session which involved exploring the role of lift, drag and thrust in aviation. They made and tested their own paper aeroplanes and then took part in a Mad Science Stunt Plane Race! Years 1 and 2 had fun exploring ‘Magnetic Magic’ which included investigating the powers and uses of magnets. Our Key Stage Two children explored ‘Sonic Sounds’ discovering sound, sound waves, vibrations and the way in which household items can be used to create amazing film effects. They explored ways in which we can change and manipulate sound. Lion Learners helped us to learn about habitats and adaptation by allowing us to handle a wide range of familiar and exotic pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, a giant African land snail, a hedgehog, a giant African millipede, a bearded dragon and a corn snake.

Mr and Mrs Dring, local farmers and parents of two of our pupils, incubated some chicken eggs in school so that we could observe them hatch and learn about the lifecycle. The children eagerly awaited the first signs of hatching and had the opportunity to see them break out of the shells. They learned how to care for the chicks and were able to handle them when they were only a few hours old. An incredible experience for all pupils!

Jules, the Wildlife Man, helped us to understand more about local history through his collection of fossils. We found out about life on planet Earth and how dinosaurs behaved.  In addition to this list of enthralling activities, the staff led Science sessions and experiments and many parents came into school to take part and provide extra pairs of hands!

Thank you to everyone who was involved and helped to make the whole week such a memorable one for all of our children! Thank you to Mrs Bayes, our Deputy Headteacher, and Mrs Taylor, our Science Subject Lead/Year 5 Teacher, for jointly co-ordinating another rewarding Science Week!