Science at Ellison feeds our children’s inquisitive questions with an insight into how and why things are as they are. It encourages them to explore concepts independently, taking risks and experimenting with their ideas.
Our Science Ambassadors
Our Science Ambassadors are democratically elected to capture the learning during our scientific investigations. They also help children throughout the school recognise how science is an integral part of everyday life. Our Discovery Club is an additional opportunity where children can take part in additional scientific opportunities after school.
This week our current Science Ambassadors gave up their lunchtimes to conduct interviews for the new Science Ambassadors for each class from Year 1 through to Year 5. They took this very seriously as they were intent on making sure the new ambassadors were perfect for this very important role.
They had lots of very eager and enthusiastic applicants who made their job of choosing very hard, but we now have our new ambassadors who we are very excited to have join our team at Ellison.
We would like to thank all the children who came to interview. We were delighted with the response to our interviews which demonstrates how much we love Science here at our school.
This year our STEM was interrupted by the snow but it didn't cool our enthusiasm for Science!
We had lots of visitors and had lots of exciting lessons all built around the investigation of 'Rocket Mouse' who needed to get the moon via bottle power!
Every year group decided how they wanted to get Rocket mouse to travel by changing one variable from the force used, bottle size, angle of launch, weights and even wind resistance! There were a lot of fantastic ideas shared and investigated where the children led the investigation and then thought of more questions that they wanted to find out about. Here are some photos of our learning. The smiles say it all!
STEM career assembly
On Wednesday we had lots of visitors in to discuss their jobs and how they use Science every day.
Our visitors were Gilly and Bran from White Cross Vets, Mr. Newton (our caretaker), Mrs. Piper (who is in charge of cooking all of our delicious lunches) and one of our coaches from Stoke City. They all shared how they use Science and why it is important for their job. Our Science Ambassadors told us all about other people that we have met and know and how they use Science. They did a fabulous job talking in front of the whole school. There were lots of discussions afterwards about the jobs that we might want to consider in our futures as scientists in all sorts of areas of Science which was really inspiring and promising!
Science doesn't stop when school is closed so here are some ideas to keep you going over Easter at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre!
Make your own mission patch, race a DIY space rover, and help us decide which is the best space invention. Plus, take a (virtual) trip from the International Space Station to Earth with everyone’s favourite spaceman, Tim Peake, in Space Descent VR.
See Tim’s actual Soyuz capsule and spacesuit up close in our superstar display, and don’t miss the chance to learn more about how Tim came home in our Soyuz demonstrations. With all this and more, your visit is bound to be out of this world!
From asteroids to comets, find out all about space rocks and their ‘impact’ on Earth! Or meet one of Jodrell Bank’s resident science and astronomy experts. You’ll get to find out about their work and have the chance to ask the questions you’ve always wanted the answers to.
Our new discovery club has started with children from Key Stage 2 who have chosen lots of different experiments to conduct and explore. Our first session involved making paper airplanes and how to adapt these to get the best smooth flights or to cause them to twist and turn in the air. This week we are making slime so the children are very excited! Watch out for the pictures .....it could get messy!
This year our science ambassadors from Year 2-6 were given the opportunity to review six science books shortlisted for this year’s Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize.
UK publishers submitted their best science books for under-14s to the 2017 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and an adult judging panel narrowed them down to the six best books. The prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people in an accessible, creative way and has been running for over 25 years.
The overall winner of the annual prize will be selected entirely by groups of young people across the UK and our ambassadors were chosen to represent our school by taking part.
Our overall winner was 'Home Lab' by Robert Winston which won unanimously with a score of 19.5 out of 20!
Our WOW Science Assembly
On Friday 3rd February we were very lucky to have a visit from Tim Harrison who is a professor from the University of Bristol. He came to show us a multitude of experiments all about the different gases including nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and helium. He wowed us all with his knowledge and his experiments. The children thoroughly enjoyed the hour he spent with us! Thank you Tim! In the words of our children 'That was off the charts awesome!'
Our stem week took place from the 27th February until the 3rd of March. Here are some examples of our learning written by our Science Ambassadors to tell you all about our learning that week.