British Science Week 2018
This month my P1-4 pupils took part in British Science Week (9-18 March 2018), a celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. The theme of this year was “Exploration and Discovery” and, as always, we looked for ways to bring the outdoors into our learning.
For 2018 www.britishscienceweek.org have teamed up with The Plastic Tide which linked in perfectly to the work we have been doing on marine litter and learning more about the impact of pollution on our environment. Just before we headed out to the beach on Monday I shared with the children the video clip I’ve posted below to give them a little bit of background on the work currently being carried out by The Plastic Tide.
While down at the beach we searched for more litter from around the world to add to our display. As you can see we have picked up a variety of items now … some from as far afield as Japan! We were able to find some new additions including a tin of paprika from Spain and a piece of plastic tie from a company in Ireland. It is my hope in the coming months to explore tides and currents in more depth with the children, living on an island it is so important that they have a basic understanding of this and water safety is definitely going to feature quite prominently in our Teach on the Beach sessions in the lead up to summer.
Over the course of the week the children enjoyed a great many science experiences including experiments using chocolate, making slime and learning more about notable scientists including Stephen Hawking who died on the Wednesday of British Science Week. One of the most popular activities we did was making bug hotels where the children let their imaginations run wild … we had stone beds, sofas, swimming pools, bridges to other mini beast camps! Everything a creepy crawlie could possibly want! This was a brilliant way of encouraging the pupils to collect data on the different visitors to their hotels each day as well as using the magnifying tubs to classify the different insects they found.
There were so many other fantastic ideas in the British Science Week Activity Pack that we didn’t have the time to cover so I have included some links below for those who may wish to access these materials at home.
I think something that is apparent from pretty much every blog that has been posted is the strength of parental engagement within our school … when parents and teachers work together amazing things can be achieved. Every morning during Science week I came in to messages and photos from parents sharing ways they had explored science with their children at home which was so encouraging.
The best part of the week for me was sitting with the pupils on the Friday and really taking the time to listen to what they had learned. We rounded things off by creating posters on the central theme “Exploration & Discovery” and the ideas were amazing! We had everything from time machines, dragon hunters to discovering new galaxies … I don’t doubt for a single minute that we have some scientists in the making in Eoligarry!