STEAMinions!

This year some Year 5 and 6 children have been working hard on a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) projects at Overton Grange. Miss Banda always talks about the incredible passion and innovation that this team has.

A select few achieved such a high standard that it meant they could go to the Big Bang Fair. These children spent an entire day presenting their ideas and achievements at Sutton Grammar. What an incredible achievement, well done!

Science Day 4th and 5th July 2018

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association, is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths.  Due to an extremely busy Spring term, we made the decision to move our celebrations of British Science Week (9-18thMarch 2018) into the Summer term.

This year’s activities were themed around ‘exploration and discovery’.  They aimed to give the children an easy, hands-on way to get involved in science for the day.  Activities included making bubbles, fizzy colours, astronaut skills, capture-mark-recapture experiments, ice escape and so much more!

From the children…

“It was the best day ever!”

“I wish every lesson was like that.”

“I wonder if I’ll discover something that changes the world one day.”

“I did the experiment at home to show my brother.”

From the teachers…

“It was amazing to see every single child getting involved.”

“Some of the ideas the children came up with even got me thinking!”

“It got everyone talking, even those you’d least expect.  The children loved it.”

Scroll on to see some of our highlights…​

Capture-release-recapture experiment…
Balloon rockets…
Changing variables in an experiment…
Making bubble mixture…
Experimenting with ways to keep a tower standing…
Catching giant bubbles…
Popping bubbles…
Blowing bubbles…
Making potions…
Slime camouflage…
Minibeast hunt…
Testing bubble wands…
Measuring out ingredients…
Filling a cup to capacity…
Creating mixtures…
Fizzy colours…
Astronaut skills: testing dexterity…
Fingerprinting…

Augmentifyit app…
Ice escape…

Walk To School Week

Next week, 21st – 25th May, is the national Walk to School Week. This means that schools and their pupils, all over the country, pledge to walk to school everyday for one week. As part of this, we will discuss with the children  this week the benefits of walking for the environment, their fitness and their wellbeing! Not only does it have all these wonderful perks but the children also get a badge at the end of the week if they have walked to school everyday. Please see below the assembly and some of the posters we have shared with the children this week.
If you feel you can commit to this challenge then you can also enter into a prize draw (link below) where five £40 gift vouchers are up for grabs!

British Science Week 9th-18th March 2018

Get creative with your children around the theme of ‘exploration and discovery’!

British Science Week (BSW) is a ten day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. The theme for this year is ‘exploration and discovery’.

Avenue will be celebrating BSW with a Science Day on Wednesday 20th June 2018. This week, we will be encouraging your child to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring science in the world around us. Please use the attached PDF to support discussions with your child at home.

Simplified Science Week (1)

Science Week (2)

Michael Morpurgo and Winnie the Pooh exhibitions

We would like to share with you two fantastic exhibitions that that are currently running at the V&A Museum in London. This is a great way to celebrate English literacy heritage and learn all about how the authors created their stories! You can find out more about these exhibitions from the links below.
 

Learning Time Tables at Home

Gaining instant recall of multiplication and division facts makes a big difference to a child’s ability to learning new concepts in maths. We therefore practise them regularly in school.

Please click on the link below to read the booklet containing helpful hints, a section which looks at patterns, games and useful websites for how to support your child with learning their times tables at home. These activities will link with learning that they have done at school.

Times Table Guidance

The Big Bang Fair @ Carshalton College!

Today was another fantastic day for the Avenue/Overton Grange STEMinions club!
Students from both schools displayed their projects that they have been working on in our weekly club and were visited by TWO sets of judges, who are key players in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Even though it was a pretty daunting prospect, all of the Avenue children did us proud!! They spoke confidently about their projects and the elements of STEM that were involved in them and fielded some challenging questions from the (at times very serious) judges!!

Miss Banda (from Overton) and myself, were incredibly proud of all of the children for representing the schools so well and for sharing their passion for STEM.
A special congratulations must go to Zack and Max, who seriously impressed the Chief Judge herself and came top of the Junior category for their presentation about the nature surrounding Overton Grange.

Thank you to Miss Banda and the Overton STEM ambassadors (who are AWESOME!) for running the club and to Mrs Collins, Mrs Sandiford, Mrs Giddings and Mrs Lambert for walking the children over to Overton each week. These fantastic opportunities cannot happen without the extra commitment and support that everyone involved gives.

Well done to all involved – you are all superstar STEMinions!!!

Mrs Wright 🙂

STEMinions compete in the NPL Water Rocket Challenge 2017!

Last week, five awesome scientists from Avenue Primary (Hashim, Josh, Shaarminy, Shareena and Zack) , joined forces with children from Devonshire Primary and staff from Overton grange. They embarked on a mission at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and launched many rockets to claim some of the 25 awards presented!

The competition was fierce, with teams from many secondary schools and a handful of primary schools: Coloma, Ricards Lodge, Tiffin, Abbots Hill, Sacred Heart, St Johns, Broadwater, Oathall and Gumley House were just some of the schools in attendance.

Luckily, the STEMinions managed to bag three awards, including ‘best banner’, ‘least damaged egg when fired on a rocket’ and a very original award of ‘best sun protection’! The children from both teams worked incredibly well together and represented their schools fantastically!

To sum up this amazing day, the children thoroughly enjoyed it and wish they could participate again. Thank you to Miss Banda and Mr Thomas from Overton, for inviting us to this great event – we will be back!

Written by Zack & Mrs W 🙂

 

 

Reception: Beddington Park River Dipping

Curriculum link, Early Learning Goal 14: Understanding the world: children know about similarities and differences in relation to living things. They make observations of animals and plants.

Thank you to all of you who came along to the Reception Wandle Trust/Avenue Primary event at Beddington Park on Friday (16th June). It was lovely to see the children enjoying themselves with their families while learning about the river habitat and some of its inhabitants! Half the group started with a river bank safari, identifying different animals along the way, while the other group paddled in the river (water shoes or wellies on to protect feet) and helped to identify different river animals! We found many creatures, including shrimp, water spiders and bullheads. The prize catch of the day was a pair of five-year old sticklebacks! After looking at the animals closely, we released them back into the river carefully.

A huge thank you to David and Verity from the Wandle Trust for making this outing possible. If you would like to find out more about the Wandle Trust, please see their website: http://www.wandletrust.org/​