Science Week

British Science Week – Stanton Harcourt School Science Fair

British Science week, run by the British Science Association from 6th-15th March 2020, is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

As part of this exciting event, and because of the huge success of previous years, the children of Stanton Harcourt School are being encouraged, once again, to take part in a whole school project which will culminate in a Science Fair.

Over the next few weeks, the children will be asked to research, design, investigate and create a science project that reflects their interests and enthusiasm for a particular topic. This might relate to something they have really enjoyed in science lessons at school or might be based on something they are really passionate about; it could be anything at all. The main theme of British Science Week this year is ‘Our diverse planet’ so the children may want to link their ideas to this, but really, they can do whatever they want. Completed projects will then be showcased at our Stanton Science Fair on the afternoon of Tuesday 10th March, at the village hall (entries will need to be brought in to school no later than Monday 9th) where the children can share their discoveries and celebrate their learning with everyone.

The main aim of this project is to encourage young people to think of themselves as scientists by exploring science in the world all around us; from their home and schools, to their local area and wider environment. It is also a chance for young people to consider how exploration and discovery can have a positive impact on the future. We also hope that this project encourages parents to learn alongside their children, something we value highly at Stanton Harcourt School.

The children can present their finished projects in any way they wish. It might be as a powerpoint presentation, poster, information leaflet or perhaps even a working model. The children could even make a video of themselves conducting their investigations  – the sky’s the limit! 

If you are looking for inspiration about the different activities or investigations that could be undertaken, then please see overleaf for links to activity packs, which are full of brilliant ideas. 

It would be absolutely fantastic to have as many children as possible taking part in this exciting event, so that we can share and celebrate our learning together. As well as the fair, all of the classes will be participating in many science-based events during the week, and there may even be a whole-school glider challenge too.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about the project, please feel free to come and discuss this with me or email me at: mrs.tingley@stantonharcourtschool.org.uk

If there are any parents who feel they would like to contribute to science week in any way, either through volunteering in classes, or perhaps leading a practical demonstration/workshop, please let me know as soon as possible using the email address above or via the office.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Faye Tingley (Science Co-ordinator)

Activities – Web links:

https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/activity-packs/

https://fun-science.org.uk/scienceforschools/free-science-resources/

https://www.science-sparks.com/science-fair-project-ideas/

Please see the school website to check what science objectives your child has already covered this year.