Welcome to Springfield Primary School’s Science page. Through this page, you will be able to see a glimpse of the wonderful science that happens at our school.
'Fixperts' British Science Week March 2019
For National Science Week this year, we chose the whole school theme of ‘Fixperts’, which entailed the children being presented with a real life issue or problem often from an elderly person or someone who has a disability with a specific problem to solve, for example, being unable to reach down to put their socks on. During the week each year group chose their own focus – Nursery looked at how they could communicate with people who might need help, Reception built bridges to help the Billy Goats Gruff get across the river, Year 1 designed items to help elderly or disabled people in their family, Year 2 made solutions for superheroes in trouble, Year 3 were given scenarios where they had to simulate a disability and find a solution. Year 4 and Upper Key Stage Two all had the exciting chance to work with ‘Intergen’ who are retired volunteers and are part of Trafford’s intergenerational scheme. A different volunteer visited each class and presented them with their real life difficulty – the children then spent a busy week planning, designing and making a product to help the person with their problem. The exciting week was packed full of enquiry based learning, with children using a growth mindset and following our Springfield Values, particularly using empathy as a motivating factor to ensure the product they made would really help the person it was intended for. The engagement in learning from all was fantastic to see and the feedback from children has been very positive: “I really enjoyed Fixperts because it meant trying lots of different strategies and it was very creative, which I loved”, “I liked the freedom we had to decide and working with people you wouldn't normally work with”, “Experimenting with the things that we made was my favourite part”.
How we introduced the idea...
Mrs Betts and Mrs Slonecki attended the SEERIH Annual Science Conference and participated in the 'Fixperts' workshop. They were so inspired by the idea of children learning though enquiry with empathy for a purpose that they decided to use it as the focus for British Science Week.
We really value professional development at Springfield and introduced the 'Fixperts' idea at our staff meeting - the staff were inspired and motivated to lead the project. Take a look at our pictures:
British Science Week ran from the 9th – 18th of March 2018 and it is the ‘Year of the Engineer’. To celebrate this occasion, during this week in school, each year group planned for a whole day of Science. The children in each class were required to build their own Marble Runs. Regardless of whether the children were in the lower or upper part of the school, each and every child worked as part of a team to build their runs. The ability that our children demonstrated to think creatively whilst persevering when they encountered problems with their model was excellent to see. Thank you to all parents/carers for supporting your children with the gathering of their materials. As ever, your support is very much appreciated! Please enjoy looking at some pictures from the week.
Sophia Brearley in Year 3 Madrid has combined her history knowledge with scientific enquiry! She has been learning all about the Egyptians in her topic lessons and created her very own moveable lizard that includes a working circuit inside. According to Sophia, it took her a whole day to create this project and she had a little help from adults at home – thank you very much for all of your support. Mr Pryle sent Sophia to show Mr Parums and his class; they were all amazed by her super creation and Sophia left with 23 merits and a head teacher’s award!! Hard work paying off – Well Done Sophia!
Fantastic Science in Year 5
In Year 5, we have been learning about the solar system. Our teachers assigned us the task of completing a project all about space. We chose to complete two tasks and we brought these into school to show off to our peers on Friday 9th February. We learned so much when completing this project and our enquiry skills were put to full use. We hope that that everyone enjoys looking at our projects and understands how much effort we have put in. We are all extremely happy with our final designs.Written by Joshua Moses and Beth Nutter, Science Leaders.