King's Hawford

9 March

Celebrating British Science Week

Monday 8th March was not only a day to celebrate the children returning to school, but we were also lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful Science Day to mark British Science Week.

British Science Week is a 10-day celebration of science, engineering, technology and maths. The theme for our Science Day was ‘Innovating for the Future’ and the children were invited to come into school with ‘mad hair’.

We were lucky enough to welcome two visitors into school, albeit virtually, who gave us a great deal to think about and discuss. Farmer Rob from Atkins Farm, who is a much-valued regular visitor to Hawford, talked to the children about the use of technology to support farming, and Anna Bunney from ORCA, a company that works to protect whales and dolphins in UK and European waters, gave a fascinating talk about whales, dolphins, and marine conservation.

There were plenty of hands on science-based activities, with lessons incorporating the theme throughout the day. From investigations to determine the best type of material to build a poly tunnel, to mirror games to investigate reflective surfaces.

Jo Rand, Science Coordinator said: “Our science curriculum places a lot of emphasis on practical hands-on investigation. Children are encouraged to plan and conduct their own investigations in response to questions generated from theory learnt during lessons, which develops higher order thinking and scientific enquiry skills.

It was wonderful to see the children getting involved and putting these skills into practice. We had experiments taking place in the lab, and investigations taking place outside in the glorious spring weather. What better way to mark our return to school.”

If you’d like to find out more about our curriculum, visit the Learn section of our website.