Science and Eco
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
On Monday 3rd July, 15 children from gardening club and green team went to view the scarecrow they had designed and made for RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. We had a great time in the butterfly dome, saw lots of fantastic scarecrows, visited some of the show gardens, had our photo taken with Len Goodman and met Dom from Dick and Dom!
Bling a Bottle Competition
In the last week of Spring term, we announced the winners of our 'Bling a Bottle' competition.
Congratulations to the winners and runners up, and huge thanks to all the children who entered. Have a look at some of the entries below and you will understand why Green team had a difficult time deciding the winners! These wonderful creations are also on display in the cabinets on both sites.
YEAR 1 - Awais (Wren), Hadia (Sparrow) and Darius (Swallow)
YEAR 2 - Otis (Chiffchaff), Ema (Jay) and Leo (Teal)
YEAR 3 - Fraser(Pipit) Douglas (Swan)
YEAR 4 - Saffiya (Skylark) Harry (Wagtail) Rania (Wagtail)
YEAR 5 - Nathan (Linnet)
Thanks to all the parents who took part in our wildflower sowing event on the last day of the Spring term. Hopefully the flowers will encourage bees and butterflies to pollinate the crops we grow this year! With their population numbers in crisis, it is vital we do what we can to save them. If you were inspired to grow your own wildflower patch, more information can be found here: https://www.growwilduk.com/
Equip children to use themselves as starting points for learning about science, and to build on their enthusiasm and natural sense of wonder about the world.We live in an increasingly scientific and technological age where children need to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare them for life. At Stoneydown Park Primary School, we believe that the teaching of science develops in children an interest and curiosity about the world in which they live, and fosters in them a respect for the environment. Through the framework of the National Curriculum, science aims to:
- Develop through practical work the skills of observation, prediction, investigation, interpretation, communication, questioning and hypothesizing, and increased use of precise measurement skills and ICT.
- Encourage and enable pupils to offer their own suggestions, and to be creative in their approach to science, and to gain enjoyment from their scientific work.
- Enable children to develop their skills of co-operation through working with others, and to encourage where possible, ways for children to explore science in forms which are relevant and meaningful to them.
- Teach scientific enquiry through contexts taken from the National Curriculum for science.
- Encourage children to collect relevant evidence, to question outcomes and to persevere.
- Encourage children to treat the living and non-living environment with respect and sensitivity.
- Stress the need for personal and group safety by the correct usage and storage of resources.
- To enable children to appreciate that we do not always know the answers and results when carrying out scientific enquiry.
At Stoneydown, great science means:
- Practical, hands-on investigations
- Giving children the independence to question, explore and make discoveries
- Providing opportunities for them to explore the world around them through outdoor learning and trips
The programmes of study for science are set out year-by-year for key stages 1 and 2. Schools are, however, only required to teach the relevant programme of study by the end of the key stage. Click links below to see the National Curriculum Science programmes of study.
SCIENCE AND ECO AT STONEYDOWN
See our presentations about Science at Stoneydown and Gardening at Stoneydown.
Supporting your child with Science
The biggest support you can provide for your child is to take an active interest in what your child is learning about in class and to encourage them to ask questions about what is happening in the world. Some ideas for this are:
encourage your child to explain their learning to you
keep asking them why something is as it is
research areas of science together; help them to formulate questions
talk about and perform experiments together (e.g. investigating if all liquids can be frozen)
have a day out the excellent (and free!) Science Museum
take nature walks e.g. to the marshes
cook together and discuss the chemical changes (can we change these cooked eggs back into the egg we started with?)
search the internet with your child to learn together about how the world works; there are a few useful websites below.
What does the Green Team do?
The Green Team are responsible for:
- Switching off unused lights
- Looking after plants in the classroom
- Closing open doors so we can keep the heat in
- Making sure monitors are switched off when not in use
- Sowing, weeding and watering
- Taking care of the willow
- Raking and collecting leaves
- Harvesting fruit, flowers and vegetables
- Teaching their friends to look after the environment
Green team assembly
Gardening club meet every Thursday from 3:30 until 4:30pm. The children sow and maintain a wide variety of vegetables, plant bulbs, grow flowers from seed and learn about the wildlife we encounter in the garden.
These are the winners of our Switch Off competition, which was held in November last year as part of Energy Month.
The runners up were:
Swan: Dorothea and David
Pipit: Merve and Monica
Wagtail: Taneeka and Indigo
Skylark: Jan and Abishan
Linnet: Cihan, Niruja and Aswad
Kingfisher: Qing and Mathuyan.
Thanks to all the children who entered! To find out more about Energy Month, visit this site: http://jointhepod.org/home
Our next whole school event will be Waste Week, starting on the 6th March.
*Please remember that it is parents' responsibility to keep children safe on-line. Check out our parents' advice page for advice.
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/ - The science museum website with lots of information about what is happening at the museum. Have a look at the online section for some fun games to play on your computer.
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips - This website has online experiments for you to get up to date with your science knowledge. You could even try out some of the experiments for real at home.
www.planet-science.com - This is a great site to find out all about the world around you and beyond!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/dynamo/lab/ - Lots of science experiments for you to have a go at, and some fun quizzes to test your science know-how.
Also, keep up to date with these science websites that are aimed at providing science news to children: