The pupils of Amwell View School have had a great time exploring all things to do with Electricity, Seasonal Changes, Sound Waves, Chemical Changes and the Life Processes of animals and humans. Each class had opportunities to use plugs and sockets safely to switch on their favourite electrical equipment, explore The Dell in the search for sticks, a visit to Hatfield Forest to build dens and use pipettes and droppers to add a range of colours to a variety of liquids. There has been mess, wet clothing and dirty hands but most importantly the pupils have had fun learning new skills and remembering ‘how to’ perform a new skill each week.
A favourite activity each Science lesson is ‘What’s in the box?’ This activity provides pupils with opportunities to learn and fine tune a skill that can be used in a range of settings. The activities and items used are changed weekly but the core scientific skills are focused on over a half term to help with repetitive practise. For example, pupils were asked to pour water onto materials to test if they were waterproof or absorbent; pour water through a funnel or a sieve; squeeze water into a pipette and then squeeze again to release it. Lots of wet fun and pupils engaged in and showing good progress over each term.
Our Key Stage 5 students have covered CREST Award topics related to Health and Well-being and First Aid. The 10 week topics explored resting heart rates using a finger pulse oximeter and compared them to after participating in some gentle exercise. They also used stethoscopes to listen to the beat of their hearts and the heartbeat of others. During the First Aid topic our students have learned to use plasters, list ways to help a person who is choking and also how to place a hurt person in the recovery position.
The upcoming 2017-2018 school year begins a new cycle of topics which cover Space, Rocks, Forces, Plants, Materials and Animals and Humans. Pupils will have opportunities to handle a range of seeds, bulbs and plants, visit petting farms and watch animal displays, encounter animals up close in the Science Room, encounter and engage with a Planetarium to explore Planets in Space and explore a range of precious stones, rocks and minerals. It should be another messy learning year focusing on creating pupil curiosity and understanding. We are looking forward to sharing the learning journey with our scientists in training!
Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College
Mrs J. S. Liversage B. ED., Dip., B. Phil. (MSI)