Our Learning – Science

Science POLICY

Primary Science Quality Mark

At Ardley Hill Academy, the children and teachers have worked hard to achieve a well-deserved Silver Award of Primary Science Quality Mark. We believe Science should be fun, practical and children should be allowed to explore and investigate the world around them.

“Be an Ocean Hero” Campaign for 2017-2018

It all started with the Sky documentary The Plastic Tide, which dramatically highlighted the devastating impact of our convenient society on our precious oceans. Teachers planned many engaging lessons to explain the issue of so much plastic being thrown away. The children responded immediately and overwhelmed us with their involvement, their passion and response to change our ways, to make a difference and save our Blue Planet.
Early Years and Key stage 1 focused on the impact of our plastic pollution on different habitats. Lower key stage 2 studied its consequences on marine food chains, including ours and Upper Key stage 2 investigated and researched potential alternative solutions to reduce the amount of plastic we actually use.
During Science week in March 2018, we combined Science and Art to create the most striking exhibition, bearing a poignant message to the community. The children passed on the message of change through the sculptures they made, the pictures they painted, the letters and poems they wrote.
But we didn’t stop there, children wrote to big companies and heard back from many of them i.e Dyson, Asda, Nintendo, McDonalds, Tesco… Our passionate pupils understand the power they hold in their hands, they learnt that however young they are, they can make a difference!
Caring for the environment
We are very lucky to have a pond in our school ground, an amazing space allowing hands-on practical learning! Classes take it in turn to keep it clean and maintain it. They especially love that time of the year when it all start to grow again and the habitat keeps changing from day to day. The arrival of hundreds of tadpoles and the regular visits of a protected species of newt are always popular times with the children!
At Ardley Hill Academy, we pride ourselves in developing responsible well-rounded children who care for their environment. Classes have several opportunities to become “Ecowarriors” for the week. They wear gloves to pick up litter on the grounds and discuss how it landed there, where would it all go of not picked and what could we do to reduce our waste?
Do you work in the wide world of Science?
Do you work in a medical field, in a laboratory, pharmacy? Do you volunteer at a local protected nature reserve? Are you a geologist, paleontologist? Are you an engineer?…
If you do, we would love to hear from you. Come to talk to the children about your rewarding career, tell them how did you get there? What are trickier bits and what do you love most? We are keen to inspire our pupils to pursue further scientific education. Come and help plant that little seed…
Please contact the office and we will be in touch to welcome you shortly in our school.

Gardening Club

Gardening club is a fun and active way to learn about the outdoor world and is a great way to encourage the children to start gardening in school. At Ardley Hill we run gardening club on a Wednesday lunchtime during the Autumn and Summer term. Children have opportunities to develop skills and ideas by growing flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs. We are hoping this will inspire the children to learn more about science, maths and other areas of the curriculum using the outdoor learning environment. We are also working towards Dunstable in Bloom award and encouraging the rest of the school to join us.

Gardening pics

 

Crime Lab Club

In the Spring Term, year 3 and 4 children could attend a weekly Crime Lab after school club. They blew fingerprints up, played detectives, casted their thumbs, identified prints and much more… It looked great fun to become a forensic investigator!

Crime Lab

 

 

Class Trees

Every class has its own tree planted in the school ground by the children in September 2014. Children regularly visit the trees to observe seasonal changes, sort, identify, compare the trees with one another and develop their describing skills. Some classes made sketches of their tree, wrote poems about them and even measured the trees to create graphs with their data.

 

trees

 

Our Pond

We are very lucky to have a pond in our environmental area. We are currently working hard to make it welcoming for the wild life and an inspiring area for the children.

Watch this space!

 

Visitors

 

Competitions

At Christmas, the whole school set a challenge for the holiday! What Science is happening in your home this Christmas? The work the children presented in January was astonishing! It exceeded all our expectations and made it hard for the teachers to choose one winner per class!

From dissolving candy canes in different liquids to burning alcohol on the Christmas pudding, from observing the reflection of the light on the Christmas decorations to playing with the shadows of the toys Father Christmas kindly brought! This project seemed to have capture the whole family’s interest and brought everybody together in the festive season!

Every winner received a science goodie bag with everything to make their own slime at home! Congratulations!

 

 

xmas poems

Brazil Aus Winners

 

Science Week

The last week of the Spring Term was Science week. Children had numerous opportunities to develop their scientific knowledge and skills.  Pupils created wormery, made lava lamp, explored their 5 senses, melted chocolate, dissected lambs’ hearts, scrutinised real Moon rocks and much more!

The week culminated with our very first Science Fayre where parents and carers were invited to join in for some Science Fun and delicious cakes! We were delighted to see how enthusiastic and knowledgeable children were about their learning! Some real scientists in the making!

Here is some of the feedback we received from parents and carers:

Lovely to spend time at school with my child, seeing what they do! Brilliant idea and lovely cakes too!”

“Very interesting to see the children engrossed in what they were doing, I even learnt something myself!”

“A brilliant fun filled and facts filled afternoon for Mind and stomachs!”

“Absolutely awesome!!! Can see all the children were really enjoying themselves and we did too!”

Science week

Science week 2

 

Science week 3