In March, we hosted a whole school science week to coincide with British Science Week. The theme was 'Our Diverse Planet'. Each year group explored this theme in a variety of ways. We kicked off our science week with a WOW science assembly where the children were immersed in the theme by learning about hostile environments and weather conditions.
Our nursery children tried to answer the question 'What is a River?' This involved lots of engaging outdoor learning with water and pipes! They were also given the opportunity to explore different materials.
In Reception the children learned about animals from around the world and found out about the diverse habitats that animals live in! They created their own small world habitats, as well as creating camouflage art work.
Year 1 and 2 participated in parent workshops where they were challenged to use junk modelling to create something that scientists could use in Antarctica! Parents and children all had a great time and the feedback has been really positive. One child in year 1 was so excited to finally take part in his workshop that he couldn't sleep the night before! In classes, KS1 took part in experiments to improve life for scientists working in hostile conditions. Year 1 investigated the best materials for a shelter and year 2 investigated the best thermal insulators for a coat.
Our week ended with a fantastic assembly in which the KS1 children presented their findings from the in-class experiments. The children worked very hard putting together their presentations and spoke with confidence about everything they learned during Science Week! We were lucky enough to have a special visitor attend this assembly who spoke to the children about STEM careers and told them all about her job working for an Aeronautics company!
Science Week 2020 was a massive success! Thank you to all our children and parents who supported the events throughout the week. We were extremely lucky to be awarded a bursary to spend on Science Week and new science equipment in school. We were visited by Jane Dowden from the British Science Association who came to see how we spent our bursary and how we were celebrating science week. She was extremely impressed with everything our children had done!
Following the success of Science Week, we look forward to being able to use our new equipment in the future and plan more exciting STEM opportunities for our children in school!