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Visits and Visitors

Science Throughout 2019-2020

 

Calendar of science visits and visitors 2019-2020

 

We believe that welcoming visitors into school and going on trips to support our learning in science are really important. The children always speak highly of visits and visitors to enhance the science curriculum. What children learn through these visits and visitor contributions supports in making learning memorable and providing first hand experiences of scientific phenomena. 

 

Educational Visits

Term/Date

Year group(s)/class(es) or year groups involved

Visit to…

Curriculum links

Impact of visit

Autumn

14th November 2019

Maple and Oak

Chester Zoo

Maple:

Science-living things in their habitats; animals including humans

Geography-map reading, features of different places

 

Oak:

Science-evolution and inheritance

 

English and Geography – changing world Non-fiction report writing on the use of palm oil (Chester is a palm oil free city, with the zoo leading the campaign)

Engagement, first hand experiences for children to support their work in science to ensure all children can fully access the curriculum as they have all had the same first hand experiences.

 

Children could see the animals that we were going to be looking at throughout our unit. We discussed the adaptations of the animals. The trip also led the children to talk about palm oil and this drove our non-fiction unit linking with our geography as well as DT and science units.

Autumn

28th November 2019

Beech and Sycamore

Chester Zoo

Beech:

Science-teeth, diet and digestion

 

Sycamore:

Science-animals and their habitats

Geography-conservation of habitats

 

 

 

Visitors to School Term/Date

Year group(s) /class(es) involved

Visitor

Curriculum links

Impact of visitor

Autumn

30th September 2019

EYFS

Wellybobs Mobile Farm

Understanding the World: The World

Engagement with UW

First hand experience of a range of animals, for many children this being their first experience seeing or handling some of the animals brought into school. This ensures children have experiences to draw upon when accessing the curriculum going forwards

Autumn

31st October

Year 3

Travelling Science

Science-light

All children engaged, children could articulate learning re light and this cohort experience has allowed all year 3 children access to this aspect of the science curriculum

Autumn

18th November

Acorn and Willow

Zoo2You

Science-Living things and their habitats

Geography-where do our favourite animals live?

This visit consolidated children’s learning from their science topic and allowed them to see and touch a range of unusual animals.  This made learning animal classification more relatable for the children.  The children used this learning in their following science lessons and continue to refer back to the animals they met on the day. 

 

This visit provided staff with the opportunity to broaden their own subject knowledge.

 

Staff believed this was a much more beneficial experience for the children than a visit to the zoo and would like to repeat next year.

Autumn

29th November

Elder Class

Mr Wyllie

Photography and light workshop

Science- light

PSHE- Careers in the future

Mr Wyllie came in and showed children some of his skills using photography and light. Children were able to show some knowledge of light from previous science topics. Children were very enthusiastic and were all given the chance to take photos using professional cameras and were shown and had the opportunity to paint with light and how to create a photograph whilst doing this.

Autumn

1st December 2019

Early Years

Mr Coe – talking about the role of an engineer

The World – People and Communities.

Listening and Attention.

Expressive Arts and Design – in particular materials.

Children were able to solve a range of problems during this session. They were tasked with using a range of materials to build a house. Team work was vital.

 

 

 

 

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