'I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'how' and 'why' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.' Stephen Hawking
Science is all around us and at Woodside we are very fortunate to have such wonderful and inspiring surroundings. Outdoor learning is an important part of our science teaching and school’s ethos.
Whether it’s listening for different sounds, collecting sticks to recreate a human skeleton, collecting mini beasts or leaves to classify, planting bulbs or seeds, analysing soils, understanding renewable fuels with the school’s biomass boiler as an example or understand life cycles and reproduction, our school's outdoor environment allows for all of this to happen right on our doorstep and perhaps on your doorstep too!
During each unit of science, children have the opportunity to design and carry out investigations and work scientifically in a variety of ways; observations over time, comparing & fair testing, classifying & grouping, pattern seeking and researching using secondary resources.
Whilst working scientifically, children are encouraged to ask questions, take accurate measurements using a range of equipment and gather and record data in a variety of ways; annotated diagrams, tables and with different graphs. Children also report on their findings orally and with written explanations, presenting their results and forming a conclusions.
We want to encourage all of our Woodside pupils to always be inquisitive, always be thinking, always be wondering and always be learning!
' I have learnt that there is more than one way to solve a problem.'
'I have learnt that there are infinite things to build with block.'
'I was inspired by Mindstorms and learnt about robotics.'
'I learnt that STEM is also about creativity and having fun.'
These are just a few of the amazing comments from our students.
We were delighted to offer our year 6 children the opportunity to participate in a 6 week after school STEM club.
The STEM club was run by a STEM Ambassador by the name of Matthew Bingham, who is a sponsored engineer by Rolls Royce and is currently working for the government in the Business Energy Industrial Strategy department. Matthew is an experienced STEM Ambassador and has worked with several other schools.
21 year 6 children attended the club (16 girls & 5 boys). They were involved in two different workshops; Mindstorms where the children worked in teams to create and code a small robot.
Watch this video to get a small taste of this amazing resource.
During the second workshop, the children worked in smaller groups with large Meccano equipment to create a structure with manual moving parts. The children explored with pulleys, wheels, cogs and more.
Feedback from the children, included comments on how much they enjoyed the hands on, practical element, overcoming problems, working together as a team and having the opportunity to be creative.
Below are more quotes from the children;
'I have learned that team work is the best way to do the task.'
'I enjoyed all in STEM club, I loved it so much, I would love Mindstorms for Christmas.'
'I loved Mindstorms, especially seeing the robots working at the end.'