Year 4 Science Book Club
We once again have the opportunity to take part in judging the shortlist of books for the Royal Institution Young People's Book Prize. For more information about this, please click here: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/book-prizes/young-peoples-book-prize/
Here are some photos of some of the club enjoying science activities inspired by the books we've been reading and judging.
What the children think about science
A pupil voice survey taken of pupils across the school this week showed that children enjoy learning science at Oakdale and get to work practically most weeks.
Most children took part in some scientific activity during lockdown- whether this was making slime, watching videos on youtube, or testing out what floated and sank. In addition, they understand how the science we study in school is relevant to their lives. Children need more support to understand and practise scientific vocabulary, and more agency to plan and carry out investigations to answer their own questions, and this is what we will be working on next, as a school.
Looking for science learning to do at home?
Develop science thinking skills with these challenges
Science Fun at Home
Have some fun at home with these science activities from Science Sparks and the Primary Science Teaching Trust
Take part in the wild challenge at home
Our after school scientists have enjoyed six weeks of fun activities including making slime, parachuting eggs, learning about electricity, and playing with magnetism. They've finished now for the year, but look out for more Fizz Pop science clubs in September!
Run to The Deep- British Science Week 2019
Our theme this year for British Science Week has been Polar Exploration. The culmination of the week's activities was a 'Run to the Deep', planned and organised by our Science and Eco Club who researched and presented about different zones of the ocean. The route was decorated with marine creatures they made from plastic waste to highlight the danger of ocean plastic pollution, and the need to recycle. What's even more exciting is that everyone got a lovely shiny medal for participating!
It was lovely to be able to welcome so many families working with their children to make and test a boat. The challenge was really well attended , everyone seemed to be having fun, and we hope to offer more family STEM events in the future.
Have you ever seen a street performer or busker? 🎸 🤹🏾♂️ What about a science busker? Pupils from the Juniors practiced and perfected entertaining science demonstrations, and then performed them for children at Oakdale Infants School, explaining the science behind them as they went, helping to inspire awe and wonder! What a tallented bunch of science leaders we have. 😀
Pupils in STEM club gained their CREST awards by doing a selection of activities themed around Polar Exploration. Well done CREST superstars!
Science Enquiry type superheroes
Here are the winning entries from the competition! We are in the process of turning these ideas into artwork for each classroom, to remind us about the 5 different types of scientific enquiry; research, observation over time, fair testing, pattern seeking and classification.