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At St Margaret's our children love science and we love providing as them with a variety of opportunities including investigating; using the outdoors environment; meeting real scientists and engineers; using scientific equipment; using their imagination and gaining knowledge. We are very proud to have been awarded the Round 10 Primary Science Quality Mark Gold level for 2016.

 

We have also been awarded Gold for the Space Education Quality Mark.  The feedback we received was extremely positive 'St Margaret’s amazing portfolio shows what wonderful work has been done across the entire curriculum throughout every age group with children using Space Science as a theme for their maths lessons, science lessons as well as inspiring their work in English, Art and PE.'

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Science Mark

Space Education Quality Mark

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Mad Science Assembly

Georgia from Mad Science astounded the children in a super exciting assembly! They learnt about flammables and gasped as the flash paper disappeared before their eyes! Smoke rings were produced from an air cannon and wind bags were used to demonstrate lung capacity. Everyone was amazed by the finale of icing sugar being ignited to create dragon breath!

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Year 4 children are excited about their hedgehog visitors...

Imagineering Club

Imagineering Club 1 In their final Imagineering Club, the children showed impressive soldering expertise. They have successfully constructed a radio, moisture and fuse testers!

Children from Years 5 and 6 tested their science ability and determination by designing and making a marble run. The winners from Year 6 were entered into the national CLEAPSS competition. The winners from Year 5 were taken on a trip to the ThinkTank museum in Birmingham alongside children from other Ogden Trust Partnership schools.

                                   

Children in Year 6 have been taking part in a national BBC Terrific Scientific investigation. A great start to their unit on Evolution and Inheritance: they were measuring each others foot flexibilty and comparing it to the terrains they walked on. They were fascinated to compare their results with other schools around the country and rose to the challenge of  taking part in 'real' science!                     

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Year 6 Imagineering group with their bridges.

Year 6 Imagineering group with their bridges. 1 Before they were tested for destruction.
Year 6 Imagineering group with their bridges. 2 Can you guess which group won?
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Science Visitors!

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Mr Panesar, Head of Campion School lead an exciting whole school assembly with the help of Mr Tiffany and Mrs Kent. We were all amazed at the brilliant 'whoosh' experiment!
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Mad Science Club!

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Children from all classes have been enjoying a new science club; learning about light and using scientific equipment.

Mad Science Day!

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St Maragaret's has been selected by the Royal Institute as one of the few schools nationally to chose the Young People’s Books Prize 2016. We have formed a judging panel including a child from each class who loves science books. There are 6 books to read and  we are enjoying them all so far! I wonder which will come out on top...
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Family Learning Evening January 2017

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Family Learning Evening September 2016

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On  the evening of 27/9/16, we gathered in the hall to learn about Exoplanets and discover whether there might be LIFE on another planet. Thomas Killestein (Warwick University) presented to over 50 Year 5 and 6 children and their families and introduced us to 'extremophiles' and the 'Earth similarity index'. We also had the chance to experience a Van der Graaff generator and ball launching thanks to Derrick Willer (IET).

Imagineering Club

 

Year 6 Imagineering Club have been working in teams to try and build the strongest bridge. All of the bridges have now been tested to destruction by adding weights ... can you guess which team won?

 

                 

 

                                        

We have been investigating...

 

Year 6 visited the copse to identify trees using a key and also had an opportunity to discover what was in our pond with a pond dipping session. We are going to be investigating what changes happen in our environment over time.

Family Learning Evening June 2016

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On Tuesday 21st June there was a real ‘buzz’ at St Margaret’s third Family Learning Evening. Year 3 and 4 children and their families showed their practical science skills making burglar alarms and learning about electrical circuits. Mr Derrick Willer, from the IET, provided the talk and all the equipment and we were pleased to see children from St Joseph’s attending too.
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Family Learning Evening

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On the 9/3/16 we held our second Family Learning evening. Over 80 people were there including families from our neighbouring school, St Joseph's Catholic Primary. We enjoyed a fascinating talk from Prof. Andrew Levan from Warwick University about SUPERVOVAE.

Year 4 pupils told us what they had learnt:

"When you put 1 proton and 1 neutron and 1 electron together you form Hydrogen. To make Helium, you need 2 protons, 2 neutrons and 2 electrons."

"Two stars colliding make a blackhole!"

"We found out that approximately 701 billon supernovae have happened."

Year 3 have been dissecting flowers and learning about their parts

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Warwick University Visitors

 

At the end of January, Year 4 pupils were lucky to have Marianne Costa and Nick Barker from Warwick University come and give a fantastic talk about solids, liquids and gases. This linked in brilliantly with their learning about states of matter. Arjun said that the 'Chemiluminescence' was one of the most amazing things he had ever seen in his life! Other highlights included observing the effects of liquid nitrogen and liquid oxygen. Did you know that oxygen can reignite a flame? Even Mrs Williams-Cook was impressed by the explosive burning of alcohol fumes which left just a few drops of water as a waste product. Could a St Margaret's pupil be inspired to be a scientist of the future? Watch this space!

 

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Natural World Experience

 

Year 4 got a very close encounter with lots of vertebrates and invertebrates when 'Natural World Experience' came into school.

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Crash Testing - Family Learning Evening

 

On Wednesday 4th November, we held our first Family learning evening. Over 65 children and parents attended a fascinating presentation about crash testing by Tim Lewis CEng MIMechE principal engineer at JLR.

Arshnoor, a year 4 student who attended, wrote a super account of the evening, this is part of it:

'When I went to the crash testing dummies presentation it was very interesting. We saw a real crash test dummy. Charlie was its name. That was chosen because it worked for a boy or a girl! He or she represented a 6 year old for the crash tests...There was a small experiment with bin bags and eggs...When the volunteer dropped an egg on an empty bin bag, it broke...When an egg was dropped on a bin bag full of air it broke again...Lastly the bag was full of air but had holes so it could SQUISH and the egg was as good as new! Air bags aren't about the bang but the squish.'

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Some of our Year 6 children have been enjoying building bridges at Imagineering Club with an engineer Phil Hodgson and Mrs Ellis.

Some of our Year 6 children have been enjoying building bridges at Imagineering Club with an engineer Phil Hodgson and Mrs Ellis.  1
Some of our Year 6 children have been enjoying building bridges at Imagineering Club with an engineer Phil Hodgson and Mrs Ellis.  2
Some of our Year 6 children have been enjoying building bridges at Imagineering Club with an engineer Phil Hodgson and Mrs Ellis.  3

Year 5 have been using the microscopes

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We are now a Tim Peake School!

Look at our Science boards!

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We have been using Microscopes we have on loan

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Year 4 have been outside this term firstly collecting leaves and making a key to identify them and then finding bugs as they learnt how to classify invertebrates.

Year 4 have been outside this term firstly collecting leaves and making a key to identify them and then finding bugs as they learnt how to classify invertebrates. 1
Year 4 have been outside this term firstly collecting leaves and making a key to identify them and then finding bugs as they learnt how to classify invertebrates. 2
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