Last week, March 14-18, Ramsbury Primary School celebrated British Science Week. The week was led by Assistant Head Teacher, Sophie Pollock and her Year 6 Science Ambassadors. It was designed to celebrate science, technology, engineering and maths and to develop pupils’ skills of enquiry and prediction.
Each day every class enjoyed a mini-experiment with their teacher before Year 6 Science Ambassadors ran workshops to make Newton colour wheels, NASA helicopters and to find out how many drops of water would fit onto a penny.
Keelin Mathias, School Business Manager said, “We had whole school reading sessions with some of the wonderful Science books that parents have kindly purchased for us from The White Horse book shop. Class 6 teamed up with their buddies to make super slime with Mrs Mayer – it is possible that there will be slime deposit discoveries around Class R for many years to come!
A Lego Mindstorm team visited our Year 5 and Year 6 on different days to build robots. Each team was given 12 missions to complete. This involved coding a robot that they built that morning with instructions and bespoke attachments to carry about tasks such as inserting a pacemaker, widening an artery ready for a stent, adding bionic eyes and dispensing medication! It was an amazing experience for everybody and a wonderful environment packed with new skills.”
Class 2 visited Cotswold Wildlife Park to learn how animals adapt to their habitats. Juliet Rean, Class 2 teacher, said, “They saw the Jamaican Boa that they had learned about in October and found out that the sloth’s slow movement helps it to need to eat food less frequently. In school, the class has been learning about penguins and they saw how Humboldt penguins from Chile and Peru are well camouflaged from predators. They were even lucky enough to meet the new baby rhino, Queenie and had a close encounter with one of the giraffes. It was a fabulous day.”
The week ended with a whole school science treasure hunt. The children had to piece together a series of cryptic clues to find the scrabble letters that had been placed around the school in order to solve the mystery science word. The Ambassadors were on hand to help with more clues. There were prizes of slime to all who took part!
Keelin Mathias said, “To top off the excitement, Friday was also Red Nose Day 2022. The children were invited to come in to school wearing ‘as much red as possible’. We raised over £300!”