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STEM Week Canada and Argentina

Year 5 classes have been taking part in STEM week in school.  We were given a task to design and make a bridge that could be used to carry a toy car across a strip of water.  Many of the children designed and made bridges that could hold the car but some of the bridges, were too short or the car fell off at the sides.  We looked at a range of bridges and sketches some initial designs in our sketch books.  We were only allowed to use paper, cellotape, and scissors.  The children enjoyed the challenge even though we had some cars that ended up as submarines!

 

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Year 4 - Studying Local Habitats

Year 4 Trip to Edge Hill University

Year 4 visited the Science Department at Edge Hill University. They took part in numerous Science experiments to further develop their knowledge and understanding of the topic 'States of Matter.'

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Healthy Cookery

As part of our continuing effort to promote healthy eating in schools we have teamed up with Daniel Chapman who is taking an after school cookery club creating a range of foods from scratch that the children can eat and take home. He is also coming in to breakfast club on a Friday to promote healthy smoothies.

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Healthy Eating

Recently Year 2 visited Tesco to gain a deeper understanding of healthy foods.  Here, they embarked on a 'Farm to Fork Trail' which was designed to get the children closer to the food they eat.  From visiting the bakery to see how bread is made to talking to some suppliers about how vegetables are grown, harvested and packed; the children really enjoyed the experience as well as the free food!

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Electricity - Year 6

Last half term the children leant about electricity. They took part in different experiments to find out about insulators and conductors. They also used a wide variety of equipment to make different circuits.

Year 6 STEM Ambassador Visit

Year 6 had a visit from a STEM ambassador. Helen is an electrical engineer from TI Automotive.

 

The children asked her lots of questions about her job to find out what it would be like to work in her industry.

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Investigating Plants - Year 4

In Science the children have been investigating plants. Using the Popplet App on the iPad they were able to create a branching database relating to different leaves and their habitat.

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Food Chains - Year 4

The children created 'Food Chains' using the popplet app on the iPad in Science.

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Year 6 Trip to Liverpool Microbiology Department

Year 6 visited the Microbiology Department at Liverpool University. They carried out an investigation to see how bacteria spreads when you sneeze. They also extracted DNA from a banana! Brilliant scientists!

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Stem Ambassador visit to Year 4

 

A Mr Ambrose visited Year 4 to inform the children of his role as an electrical engineer for a large chemical firm. He gave the children an insight into his role and the educational journey he took to become an electrical engineer.

 

Mr Ambrose worked with both the children and the teacher throughout the day on numerous aspects relating to ‘Electricity’, our current topic in Science.  These ranged from Health and Safety, to creating and problem solving a variety of circuits. The highlight of the day involved the children building their own ‘Steady Hand Game’. They had lots of fun seeing who could complete the game in the shortest time.

 

These visits not only help to inspire our children to learn for today but also hopefully inspire them towards their potential future occupations.

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