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British Science Week 2021

On Tuesday 9th March, the children spent the whole day engaging with all things Science, technology, engineering and maths to celebrate British Science Week. 

 

During this day, the children were involved in a variety of STEM activities.

 

A big focus for our Science day was breaking stereotypes in Science. As part of an activity linked to this, the children created an image of what they envisaged a scientist to look like. The children then reflected on what most of their images had in common and how there were certain stereotypes in Science that we want to overcome. The classes then investigated the different careers and people involved in STEM. Following this, they reflected on their original image and idea of a scientist and thought about whether their view of a scientist how now changed. Unfortunately, we were unable to have a visitor in school, but Miss Campbell (a Science Teacher from Shuttleworth College) was on hand to answer questions from the children via video. These ranged from what inspired her involvement in Science, her role at Shuttleworth and even whether dinosaurs may return to Earth! 

Our Science Day Investigations

 

Please see below pictures and explanations of the practical investigations that took place in each year group. 

In year 3, the children took part in a range of mini experiments exploring ‘light’. They recorded changes in shadows on the playground and then went on to draw their own shadow or the shadow of an item.

The children also explored reflective surfaces (testing the most reflective). They explored the statement ‘light can change direction’ looking at transparent, translucent and opaque materials. Following this, the children also created shadow puppet based on and linked to English learning. 

Children in year 4 learnt about the digestive system. The children viewed a video on digestion, looked at key vocabulary and then went on to carry out a practical investigation to explore the workings of the digestive system. 

 

In year 5, the children were looking at the effects of friction on moving surfaces. The children explored friction by looking at its advantages and disadvantages. They thought about how friction was a force and the amount of friction that different materials create. The children rubbed their hands together to learn that friction produces heat. 

The children were then introduced to a problem from a toy company. A company had an issue with their mini car playset. One of the tracks was performing slowly and this led to children being unhappy when playing the game. The children designed an investigation which would allow them to test which track produces the least friction. When designing their investigation, the children worked hard to identify how to make their test fair, by looking at the one variable they would alter each time- for this experiment, they decided that it would be the material tested. The children made predictions and once the investigation was completed, the children compared their findings to this. The children then shared their results with the class. 

The year 6 classes looked at a range of science experiments. In Wilson, the children looked at materials -identifying which are good conductors and insulators of heat. Children were asked to make predictions and think about the insulation properties of different materials as they engaged with their practical activity.  
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