We have had a busy summer term so far for science. Mr Bloor (our science governor) has started our Crest Star Science Club with Y5 & Y6 pupils. All the classes are doing lots of exciting science and today we cropped our radishes in the school growing challenge. Y1 have learned the effects of over watering, and Y5 came up trumps with 5 perfect radishes. We tried a range of radish varieties, and it was interesting to see and taste the different strains. Y3 get a special mention too for an excellent and well formed crop of radishes.
Mrs Deller recently presented a workshop in Belfast to an international audience, showcasing the innovative work that Y5 have been involved in using drama techniques to teach science. It was great to share our excellent practice and come back with lots of new ideas to try in school.
New Science Ambassadors needed!
If you fancy the job, and are currently in Y2, 3, 4 or 5 please write a letter of application to Mrs Deller. You must include:
1. Why do you want the job?
2. How would you be a good ambassador?
3. What you love about science.
Applications by the end of June. Y6 ambassadors with Mr Bloor will interview successful applicants in early July. Good luck!
Vision for Science at St Peter's
Our Vision Statement for Science is:
To promote curiosity about the world and how it works,
developing creative minds.
These principles have been agreed by learners and teachers, and reflect how science is delivered in our school.
Science equipment is sufficient that learners can all access it safely.
Trips and visitors regularly add to learning enrichment.
Places: Children can work in larger spaces, using the hall, grounds or community sites (like the wood or the Millennium gardens) when possible.
Every child can “have a go”, not just watch demonstrations with investigations being often "child-generated".
Targets enable children know clearly where they are, and how to progress to the next step using skills ladders and teachers use this to inform teaching.
Every child, modelled by Science Ambassadors, can lead learning and share with peers.
Recording is done in a variety of ways, not just writing, for example via drama, photos, poems, diagrams/drawings etc.
Stimulating lessons, where curiosity is encouraged, with “play” (exploring) time incorporated before children plan their investigation, and "talk" time to clarify thinking before they record work done, are the norm. Attention grabbers and focus activities are used regularly, to maintain and promote the focus of all styles of learner.