St James C of E Primary School

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Science Week


Our theme for Science week this week has been ‘get moving’ and we started with ourselves in our dance workshops on Tuesday!

During the week, each class has been busy with experiments and designs on how to move – better, faster, differently.  Year 6 spent an afternoon making balloon powered buggies and then tested them to see how far they would go.  Year 5 designed new trainers with specific modifications to help athletes move faster.    Year 4 created robotic hands and tested frog high jumps and Year 3 made skiers and movable monsters using syringes.  Year 2 constructed some incredible working windmills and Year 1 created animal models that moved with string or kites.  Last, but not least, Reception class designed and made some superb rockets!

The week ended on Friday with a Science Fair in the hall.  Children from Tetherdown joined us for the morning and both schools were asked to invent a new animal that lived in a specific habitat from anywhere inside a school to a more recognisable one such as the desert or Polar Regions.  The variety and quality of the designs were brilliant – everything from a small animal that lived inside the freezer of the Tetherdown staff room to a half squirrel/half fox creature who lived in trees.  A big thank you to our judges – Miss Grace - our STEM ambassador vet student, Mr Hammond who is Head of Science at APS and who has links with the Ogden Trust, Estelle Addy – our STEM governor and Mrs Law – one of our own parents – for giving up your time to come to join us.   Thank you too to Mrs Brady for organising the event.

Our Summer term Science Week - Get moving!

In the last week of term we experimented with sticking tinsel to balloons just using static electricity.

We grew salt crystals at home as part of a whole school science experiment.