In March, both Barlow and Chapel Haddlesey schools held a Science Focus Week and the pupils across KS2 took part in a week long programme of STEM related activities to inspire our children and pique their curiosity.
The aims of the week were to help the children recognise that science underpins aspects of our lives at home and at school and work in so many ways. We also aimed to increase engagement from families and other community members in donating their time and skills in school.
Mrs Marwood, the Business Manager, applied for a grant from the British Science Association to help fund the visit to the Science Museum and we were over the moon to receive £300 towards the cost of transport.
The second focus of the week was a visit by a veterinary nurse and lecturer Sarah Clark. This was a very hands-on session and the children had the opportunity to dissect a heart and an eye from a pig. The majority of children found this fascinating and all had the opportunity to touchand hold different parts of the organs.
The third focus was a visit by biologist and teacher at Fulford school Dr Holly Williams. The pupils conducted an experiment to extract DNA out of strawberries. Strawberries were crushed in plastic bags then mixed with an ethanol solution before the DNA was extracted. The chain of DNA was clearly visible in the test tube.
Mrs Smith, Science Lead across the federation said: “The pupils were absolutely blown away by the learning this week. The DNA extraction was quite amazing and it was fantastic to see the children so engaged and excited by science. Having such a variety of experiences and opportunities in such a short space of time was excellent and really opened their eyes to how amazing science and jobs in science can be. They are now desperate for more!”