All children are curious about the world around them and how things work. At Stoke St Gregory Primary School we aim to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration to prepare them for a world where skills in science, technology, engineering and maths are increasingly important.
We provide a wealth of opportunities for pupils to engage in practical investigation making links between science, maths, technology and developing engineering skills. This helps to encourage critical and creative thinking and makes the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant and interesting.
Its Science week this week!
The children have some brilliant experiments, exciting visitors and intriguing challenges to look forward to.
Within the week, all children will need plenty of cardboard to aid construction during an engineering task.
Please bring in a cardboard tube if in Key stage 1 and cardboard boxes of different dimensions if in Key stage 2.
Every year the Friends of School have a challenge to see which House can collect most chocolate for the chocolate tombola at the Christmas Fayre. Chocolate donations are sorted into house bags and these are weighed at assembly.
It was extra tricky this year as we only had human scales and had to call on the expert Y6 to devise a method of weighing which was, Y6 boy + bag of chocolate.
Tone were the winning house with 1kg more than other houses. There’s a chance to win the chocolate back at the Christmas Fayre on the 7th December at the Village Hall.
Last week Raven Class spent their annual residential in the heart of the city of Bristol, based at the Bristol YHA. Their first activity was to learn about the Bloodhound Land speed record and design and make their own jet propelled cars at We the Curious. The winning car achieved 36mph. Three activity filled days followed on with an evening harbour tour by boat, sessions in the aquarium and the Apple shop practising robotic, and a tour of Brunel’s famous ship the SSGreat Britain. The highlight of the trip was going to Bristol Hippodrome for a performance of the Lion King.
As a rural village school we try to ensure all our pupils get a wide range of opportunities and three days staying in the city gave them lots of new experiences not to be found in the quiet lanes of Stoke St. Gregory. One of the pupils commented on how she had enjoyed waking up in the morning to the sound of the street outside including the dustmen collecting the rubbish! Others talked about looking out of their windows to see the lights twinkling across the river and people walking around in the dark.
We all had a brilliant time and in future will alternate our trips between outdoor adventure and a city break.
During the school’s STEM week pupils were challenged to track down the heartless thief who had removed Floppy the dog from Class 1. Two visiting secondary teachers trained the oldest pupils in forensic skills and they then became assistants to help the younger ones take finger prints, use chromatography and investigate suspicious footprints.
Other exciting experiments included ‘How far does a sneeze travel’, ‘Who can make their ballon fly fastest’ and ‘Does plasticine float?’.
We were very grateful to have input from some skilled volunteers who shared their enthusiasm for Science with the children.