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The start of a new year - a message from Miss Sear (03/09/2020)

 

Hello parents,

 

I think it is safe to say that the last few months have been far from ‘normal’ or what any of us expected this year. All the children worked so hard at home with their home-learning and it was fantastic to see such high levels of engagement and enjoyment from those of you who completed the weekly Science challenges (or just some Science learning of your own!). It was so fantastic to see the hard work you put into making Rube Goldberg machines, protecting eggs from falls and using items from the natural environment to create wind-chimes.

 

Although unexpected, and I’m sure very challenging at times, home-learning clearly provided the children with plenty of opportunities to apply their learning from school. I saw so many children applying their working scientifically skills (such as measuring, recording results, making predictions, choosing how to approach an investigation and writing conclusions).

 

Science home-learning this year

This year, much like recent previous years, your child will receive termly Science homework to complete. You will be asked to carry out an investigation with your child(ren) and produce a piece of work from it. Although the investigations will be the same for the whole school, each teacher may set a different focus for your child when completing their piece of work (such as writing a conclusion or choosing how to record their results).

 

How can I help my child with their Science home-learning?

By doing it with them and talking through it together!

 

You will also receive a document with the working scientifically wheels to show you the skills that your child will be working on in Science lessons. It would be handy to have this document out when you are completing Science homework and refer to the skills they are using. To get the most out of their homework, the document also includes question ideas for you to ask your child during the experiment and sentence starters to help the children generate their own questions from what they have done. 

 

It is always so great to see what Science learning you get up to at home! Keep up the hard work, Scientists! I can't wait to come and see all of your Science learning once the baby is born! 

 

Natural wind chime
Using lab equpiment
Fossil hunting
Rube Goldberg machine
Growing plants

A message from Miss Sear (19/03/2020)

 

Parent questionnaires

Firstly, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to the parents who took the time to complete the science parent questionnaire a few weeks ago. It has been very helpful to get your feedback on the subject. I have collated all the responses and have created a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on the science section of the website. (Key information – Curriculum – Science). It was great to see that all the children enjoy science and that you view it as an important subject.

 

Science Week - parent talks

Secondly, thank you to the parents who took the time to come and deliver a talk to the children during Science Week; the children were so enthused by their sessions and learnt a lot! For those of you who weren't aware, each class had a parent visitor, who held a small talk/workshop, mostly linked to science in their jobs. 

  • Class 1: Mrs Cole taught the children about exotic fruit growing in the 17th and 18th century. 
  • Class 2: Mrs Jones ran and Q&A session with the children about nursing. This linked nicely to their topic of Florence Nightingale. 
  • Class 3: Mr Parton ran a fantastic workshop on vision and optical illusions. He very kindly also ran this workshop for Class 4.
  • Class 4: Mr Knox ran a very informative and relevant talk about how scientists save lives.

 

Science Week activities 

The children took part in a wide variety of activities throughout the week: a whole school investigation about floating and sinking foods, a national STEM competition (making a tree from paper with no glue or tape), planning and running their own investigations and many more!

 

Whole school investigation - Do the properties of fruits and vegetables affect whether they sink or float?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National competition - STEM challenge: the winners from each class 

House group activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forensic Science Workshop 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science Week - parent exhibition

Finally, thank you to those parents who came to our parent assembly and exhibition at the end of Science Week – the children love sharing their work with you and it was great to see the hall so full of parents! Again, the positive feedback from both parents and children on the ‘Praise Postcards’ was overwhelming. Here are a few of the comments we received: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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