Edwinstowe’s St Mary’s Church of England Primary School children became scientists for the week undertaking a variety of exciting projects and practical tasks.
Class 3 Teacher Katie Wright said children relished the tasks and problem-solving set during the week. “The whole school were involved in the science week and thoroughly enjoyed the tasks set in their year groups.”
Foundation Stage children investigated a variety of materials and used their knowledge to make bridges based on the story of Billy Goat Gruff. Class 2 children cooperated in making a marble run using recycled materials, using buffers to stop the marbles from falling off and finding innovative ways of stabilising the structure.
In Class 3, children were inspired by stone age art and took part in printing techniques. “Class 3 looked at fossils and created their own printed artworks using stone age techniques.” said Katie. “They created their own colour pigments by grinding down grass, flowers and soil, leaving the water to evaporate. These pigments were then used in printing and paintings.”
Pupil Harry Brice age 8 said he enjoyed the process, “I printed ammonites on my picture. First, I drew my design on to paper then put my design on to a tile. After I put my paint on the tile, I pressed the tile onto paper using a roller. I am happy with how it turned out and enjoyed doing it.”
Teacher Katie Wright said science week had been a great success. “The children were really engaged with the innovation aspect of their science work, especially when it came to creating their own pigments using things found in nature. So much so, that some even made their own pigments at home.”
Children in Class 4 (upper Key Stage 2) created designs for new machines and were even visited virtually by a Professor of Virology to discuss how science is used in the response to the pandemic. Children were given a virtual tour of a laboratory and were able to ask lots of questions.
“It has been wonderful to see the children question, solve problems and create some great work both on their own and in collaboration with each other.” said Katie Wright. “They succeeded in becoming real scientists for the week, well done everyone!”