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British Science Week

This year British Science Week was celebrated between 5-14th March. The theme this year is growth! During an assembly we reflected on all the things that grow around us, including our mind and knowledge.

During this week, the whole school took part in a science enquiry lessons around the theme ‘growth’.

As part of our science celebration, Forest Park took on the science selfie challenge. At home, with our families, we explored how science is all around us and took a selfie to show this.

Unconventional Menagerie

During science week, Year 6 and 4 had the exciting experience of the ‘Unconventional Menagerie’. Many ‘unconventional’ animals were brought into school for the children to look and extent their learning about invertebrates and vertebrates. We heard lots of amazing facts about how these animals eat, where they live and how they survive.

During this visit we saw Roxi the arachnid and some children were selected to hold her, ‘she felt furry and tickled my hand’ Amna said. We met a meerkat called Rocket and a red-footed tortoise that was an omnivore. ‘This was the first time I have touched an invertebrate’, one child said.

Reception

During Science week, Reception looked at growth. We experienced a variety of ways to measure our heights and lengths using non-standard measure. The children had lots of fun finding out which of their friends were taller or shorter than they were.

We even stuck some of the children’s heights onto our classroom doors to allow us to compare.

Year 2

Year 5

Recently, NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover used an array of instruments to analyse Martian soil for the first time. During science week, as part of our science unit on Earth and Space, we conducted as observational investigation on soil samples.

We observed three types of soil samples before and after adding water. We used magnifying glasses and recorded our observations. We enjoyed watching the range of reactions that included bubbling and fizzing.

Year 6

During science week, year 6 explored how different exercises can affect our heart rate. We learnt how to find our pulse and record our resting heart rate. We then took part in different exercises and measured our heart rate to see if it had increased and which exercise increased it the most.

To make this a fair test, we made sure we kept some variables the same such as: the length of time we did the exercise for and the surface we did the exercise on. This linked to our science learning of the circulatory system and P.E learning about the benefits of exercise on the body.

During science week, Year 6 visited the Mitchell Art Theatre to watch a performance by STEM sisters. This show used puppets and music to explain about the life of famous women in science and their struggles to be recognised for this achievements. We enjoyed learning about Marie Curie and her journey into researching radioactivity.

Science Selfie Challenge

As part of our science celebration, Forest Park took on the science selfie challenge. At home, with our families, we explored how science is all around us and took a selfie to show this.