Science Week 2017
Seaton Science Week 2017
Science Week at Seaton Primary was celebrated during the week of 20th March. Every child was involved with a class engineering challenge and were visited by a parent working in a STEM field jobs. This year was also the first time we held a Science Fair for the children.
During the week each year group were set an Engineering Challenge by their teachers. Children had to work in groups to design and build a structure that were then tested against certain parameters.
Reception children were challenged to build the highest tower that they could from wooden bricks.
Year 1 children were challenged to build a high tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows. The structure had to be as tall as possible, but still hold a marshmallow at the top.
The children in Year 2 completed their challenge as part of their work towards building a mock-up of 17th century London. This was then burnt on Thursday morning to re-enact the great fire of London.
Year 3 made free standing newspaper towers that were strong enough to hold up a packet of Easter Eggs. The winners were the children to make the highest tower.
The challenge for Year 4 children was to build a bridge that could span a gap of 1 meter. Once the bridges were built they were then tested to destruction, to see how much weight they could bare.
Year 5 used newspaper (6 sheets) and a wooden board to make a table. The table had to carry a minimum of one kilogram, but was then tested to destruction to find the winner.
The children in Year 6 had to make a windmill that could drive a small cog system.
A big thank you to the PTA for funding some prizes for the Engineering Challenge.
During the week a number of parents came in to school to visit the children to discuss their work.
Key Stage 1
Children in Key Stage 1 were visited by Miss Thomas, who is a nurse. The children used stethoscopes and pulse meters as well as having a go at using wound dressings.
Year 3 were visited by a Civil Engineer. Mrs Smith talked the children through what happens when they flushed the toilet.
Mr and Mrs Crabbe visited Year 4 to talk to them about their alternative energy company and the various methods for generating renewable electricity.
Miss Dover talked to the children about how she became a scientist and how medical research trials are conducted, children also found out how long a new medicine takes to be developed.
Mr Pheby joined year 6 for the afternoon to talk them through the process of computer programming.
The Science Fair
The week ended with the first annual (hopefully) Seaton Primary Science Fair on Friday afternoon. 57 children had been working hard at home to design and build exhibits to show to the other children in the hall. The exhibits were of a stunningly high quality and all the children who participated did themselves proud. The level of explanation that the children could produce when questioned was exceptional and it was clear that children had engaged with the process as well as encouraged their parents to get involved. I was personally stunned by the quality of many of the exhibits and the afternoon was a great success.
A big thank you must go to all the Parents, Staff and Children who made the week so successful.