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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

 

Spring

10th February

Willow

Chill Factor (Antarctic explorer workshop)

Geography: Contrasting locality: Antarctica

Science: Animals and Their Habitats

The children’s day began with an Antarctic themed workshop run by an external company called Commando Joes. They focused on 3 areas: communication, teamwork and resilience and used these to participate in a number of team games. Following this the children got kitted up for the snow and headed out to Mini Mooseland. Still with the Commando Joe team, the children searched for Commando Teds (teddy bears) following an avalanche and worked together to build an igloo. Finally, we were handed over to the Chill Factore team who took us onto the Snow Park. Here the children rotated around 4 activities: sledging, ice slinging, snow sliding and donutting. The children had an absolutely amazing day and it gave them a truly memorable snow experience to make their learning about Antarctica more real. The organsisation from the Commando Joe team was amazing and the morning ran perfectly. The Chill Factore

staff were much less organised so staff team and volunteers had to take the lead. We took 8 adults but lost one when a child was taken ill. If the trip is repeated next year additional adults should be taken in case of situations like this.

Spring

13th February

Elder

Blackburn Museum

History: Inventions and  Inventors

Science and DT: Inventions

Children learnt about significant inventors and inventions, particularly those created in our region. Children could then apply this knowledge in science when we focused on different areas of Earth & Space e.g. the telescope. Children understood how some of the inventions they use on a daily basis were created and how different inventions have been developed and innovated over time.

Spring

27th February

Hazel and Beech

Blackburn Museum

Science: Fossils

The children enjoyed visiting a museum, some have never been to one before. The man who lead the workshop was a paleontologist and extremely knowledgeable. The children enjoyed hearing about his experiences and were engaged throughout his presentation. Since returning to school, the children talk about our visit and have used what they have learnt in explanation texts we have written in English.

Spring

2nd March

Maple

Liverpool Museum

History: First moon landing: Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake as significant people

Science: Earth in Space

Children learnt some key features of planets in the solar system and were able to rely on their prior knowledge to answer questions. Children explored the space discovery exhibition and had lots of questions about the research equipment on display.

Spring

16th March

Sycamore

Blackburn Museum

Science: Fossils

 

 

 

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.

Spring

17th January 2020

EYFS

Mrs Webber, high school science teacher

Understanding the World

People and Communities

The children enjoyed engaging in a range of science experiments. In particular, the children were fascinated by the task of relating planets to fruit depending on their size.

Spring

27th January

EYFS

Rock pool workshop

Understanding the World

The World

The children were able to identify different creatures/ plants found in a rock pool. They could identify key features of a rock pool.

Spring

27th January

Maple

RSPCA

Science: Animals and Their Habitats

PSHE: Caring for animals

English: stimulus for writing

 

Spring

27th February

Beech

United Utilities

Geography/science: Water Cycle (States of Matter)

 

 

 

 

 

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