Science fortnight has been weaving excitement and curiosity across the school and the children have had opportunities to really engage deeply with what science actually is and how we find things out. The children have been experimenting both at school and at home and have had the opportunity to work with pupils across the Foundation on scientific projects such as rocket blasting, creating mini robots and making and testing Alka- Seltzer Rockets with Year 6 Belmont pupils.
Scientific thinking is an amazing skill as it requires logic, reasoning and meticulous observation but also the ability to be creative and see possibilities based on prior understanding, prediction and the preparedness to be wrong!
The sad death of Stephen Hawking this week is a reminder of the phenomenal work that he and other scientists have devoted their lives to carrying out; discovering the secrets of the universe. There are many inspiring and thought provoking Hawking quotations out there, but I felt this one was particularly relevant for children and one to possibly share and discuss over Sunday lunch.
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
The children have certainly entered into the spirit of this advice by searching for answers, absorbing facts and asking questions that lead to further investigation.
We look forward to more STEM based projects and experiences later in the year with our forthcoming Engineering Day. Watch this space for more details soon!