Category Archives: Science

Road Safety Week w.c. 19th November 2018

Next week is National Road Safety Week. This year the focus is how to keep safe on the roads as a cyclist. Below is the assembly we will share with the children and some activities that they might do in class as part of the assembly time.

Road Safety Week Presentation

Challenges 1

Challenges 2

Colouring 1

Colouring 2

On Friday 23rd November we will run a ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ activity. As part of this children who cycle or scoot that morning into school will be awarded with a yellow, reflector band. These have been donated by Sutton Council so we do have a limited supply (when they’re gone, they’re gone). Miss Rubey (Infant Scooter Den) and Mr Haines (Junior Scooter Pods) will be handing them out to the lucky participants. To summarise:

  • Friday 23rd November only
  • Scoot or cycle (only)
  • Maximum 1 per child
  • First come, first served
  • Infants approach Miss Rubey by the Scooter Shed
  • Juniors approach Mr Haines by the Scooter Pods

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!

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/​

Lost in Space!

Congratulations to the whole of Year 5 for their fabulous performances today. It was so lovely to see every child play their part with enthusiasm, pride and such confidence!

The quantity and quality of learning that has taken place is just fantastic, and we hope that many of the children will have been inspired by Tim Peake and the team, and might consider a career in Europe’s space agency! (ESA)

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If you would like to further your learning, please visit the ESA website. There is an excellent children’s section. Visit the website here

Jo Fox, our ESERO Space Ambassador, was particularly excited to hear of Year 5’s achievements. Well done to everyone involved, and thank you to both of our fabulous audiences for your support!

Mrs Wright 🙂

Science: Avenue Primary working with the Principia Space Mission!

principia-patch

We are very excited to announce that Avenue Primary has been selected to take part in  the ‘ESERO-UK Tim Peake Primary Project’!

On December 15th 2015, the European Space Agency (ESA) are sending their astronaut, Tim Peake, to the International Space Station for an exciting 6 month mission!  Tim has selected the name ‘Principia’ for the mission, to celebrate Isaac Newton’s ground-breaking text on physics, which described the principal laws of motion and gravity on which all space travel depends.

We will be working with ESERO-UK, the UK Space Education Office, who have created an exciting project for UK primary schools!

Official NASA portrait of British astronaut Timothy Peake.  Photo Date: August 28, 2013.  Location: Building 8, Room 183 - Photo Studio.  Photographer: Robert Markowitz

Tim was born in Chichester, West Sussex. He is married and has two children. He will take part in spacewalks and complex scientific research and experiments in the Columbus laboratory module, which is attached to the front of the 400-ton space station.

Tim is the only Briton ever to be accepted into the European Astronaut Corps and his mission will make him the first UK national to travel and work in space, under the Union Jack, on a British Government-funded mission!

Other British astronauts have either secured private funding – such as Helen Sharman, who flew on a Russian rocket in 1991 – or taken dual citizenship, such as Michael Foale and Piers Sellers, who flew missions on the US space shuttle.

This is a fantastic website that explains what the mission will entail, tells you much more about Tim and has a countdown to launch!! (To the second!) https://principia.org.ukYear 5 will be working extensively on the project, through their next topic and there will plenty of opportunities for children across the school to be involved, through assemblies, lessons, playground ‘train like an astronaut’ activities and even family challenges!!

Miss Bullock and I have already met with Jo Fox – our Space Ambassador and we are very excited about the project!

If any adults are interested in following Tim on Twitter, I am reliably informed that he does run his account himself, so it is possible to contact him directly on behalf of your child.

His handle is @astro_timpeake

We will keep you updated of further information about this exciting project!!

Mrs Wright 🙂

 

‘Space Stories’ Writing Competition

Update 2: Sadly, none of our entries won a prize in the competition. But we were really impressed with the entries that we received. Well done to all who entered! 🙂

UPDATE: We have had some fantastic entries – well done to all who took part in the competition! The entries have been scanned in and emailed over to the judges. We will be notified by email and telephone by 18.00 on Monday 4 May 2015, if any Avenue child has won either first prize, or a runners up prize. Fingers crossed!

Children aged 7-11 have been invited to take part in a special ‘Space Story’ writing competition!
Your child should have brought a leaflet home before the holidays, if they were interested.HOME

‘Space Explorers’ is a curriculum-focused science and literacy resource for children aged 7-11 developed by National Schools Partnership and Into Film to celebrate the cinema release of HOME. (A new Dreamworks film.)

A link to the entry form, including details of what is required, is attached here. The judges are looking for ‘excellent use of language, as well as creative ideas’.

There are some fabulous prizes available, including:
* 1 x space themed workshop for their class
* 1 x iPad 2 Air – 64GB (wifi only)
* 1 x HOME goodie bag

Please hand any entries to your class teacher, or Mrs Wright, by MONDAY 20th APRIL if you would like to enter the competition!

Full competition terms and conditions are available here.

 

Parents’ Curriculum Meetings (10th March 14)

For those of you that were unable to attend one of the three meetings we arranged regarding the curriculum, below is a copy of the presentation given. We explained to parents about the new National Curriculum for 2014 and how we have approached it, and also gave some more specific information about what is required by children of a certain age in both English and maths.

PDF of presentation 10/03/14