BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK 2017!
Next week is British Science Week! The children have been working hard to prepare for the Science Fair on Thursday and Friday and we hope that you can join us after school to see all of their hard work. We will also be sharing all of the entries into the Science Week competition so please get involved! Details can be found here:
The children have had assemblies from the NHS on healthy eating - particularly focusing on eating a wide range of coloured foods (to help achieve 5 a-day) and cutting down on sugar. To continue our awareness of this important topic, we held two competitions, one to design a poster/leaflet about healthy packed lunch and one to design an example of a healthy packed lunch or meal. Winning entries to be posted soon.
An Insight into Engineering
Recently some of Year 5 and Year 6 were very lucky to meet a BP engineer who told them all about the different areas of engineering, from bridge building to game and robot designing! The children then had a chance to put their building skills to the test with the spaghetti and marshmellow challenge.
As part of space week we have had a number of competitions for the children to help extend their knowledge about space, to design and create your own model space craft: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/build-a-spacecraft/en/ and Have you wondered what astronauts eat in space? Create your own menu for a space adventure: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/ditl-eating. The entries will also help create an amazing display in our new Science Hub in the house.
King's Medicine Outreach - inspiring our medics of the future!
Some Year 5 and 6 children had the opportunity to participate in a medicine workshop run by medical students at King's College London. The children had the chance to learn all about the organs inside the human body and focused particularly on the heart where they used stethoscopes to listen to each other's hearts both before and after exercise.
Learning about the function of blood in the human body, the children had the chance to take blood themselves.
Finally, they participated in a graphic demonstration of the human digestive system!
It was an excellent afternoon and the children also had the opportunity to learn a little more about the journey to becoming a doctor, nurse, midwife or paramedic.
St James' Science curriculum
Pupils at St James' study science every week, developing both a rich scientific knowledge and a range of investigative skills. Please find the range of topics covered in each year group at the bottom of the page.
As part of our creative curriculum, children's science learning is linked to their topic and Power of Reading text. As well as engaging activites in the classroom, we combine visits and trips to help bring the children's learning to life. Have a look on the individual class pages to see what we've been learning recently!