Appliance of science all week at Burnt Mill

News / Thu 15th Mar 2018 at 09:29am

National Science Week

STUDENTS across all Burnt Mill Academy Trust (BMAT) schools in Harlow, Epping and Stansted in Essex and Newham in London are indulging in the topic all week.

It is the first time the Trust has seen all of its schools, both primary and secondary, work together on a themed science week in this way.

Francis Collins, BMAT director of science, has spent a month working with heads of science within his schools to plan a programme of activities.

He said: “We have something on offer for every year group across our schools, with lots of activities and prizes on offer.

“I could not have organised this on my own. It has been an example of all heads of science working together to create a successful event. This is how events like this will work in the future within the Trust, every time getting bigger and better.”

All secondary schools within the Trust are battling it out for the title of Key Stage 3 scientist of the year.

A team from each school – Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow, Epping St John’s School in Epping, Forest Hall School in Stansted and Royal Docks Academy in Newham – has planned and carried out a science project for the competition.

Presentations of their projects – which include an investigation into which toothpaste combats the most bacteria – will be given to the Trust’s heads of science before the winner is awarded a cup to keep for a year.

The primary schools – Cooks Spinney, Freshwaters, Little Parndon and Roydon in Harlow and Magna Carta in Stansted – have been challenged to grow the tallest sunflower before the summer.

A group of 160 Key Stage 3 students from Burnt Mill, Epping St John’s and Royal Docks who have shown an interest in a career within science will also spend a day at the Big Bang exhibition in Birmingham.

Burnt Mill and Forest Hall will welcome Public Health England in to school for a day of experiments using scientific equipment.

All Year 11 students within the Trust will take part in a science quiz, with two winners from each tutor group winning an Easter egg each. The winners will then submit a science themed selfie with one Trust winner selected to receive a Nando’s voucher.

Mr Collins said: “The whole week is about raising awareness of science and potential careers in science.

“Everyone is so engaged and there really is something for everyone.”

At Royal Docks Academy, in Newham, Year 7 will be making, packaging and selling fizzing sherbet, Year 8 will take part in the cross-Trust competition and Year 9 will visit the Astronomy Centre to look into careers.

Ebun Mosuro, head of science, said: “During the course of the week, there will be different activities taking place during lunchtimes which anyone can pop along to and get involved with experiments.

“We are trying to raise the profile of science as our lives revolve around it. It’s a good reminder to everyone that everything around us and about us has elements of science within it.

“The week is about gaining science knowledge and enjoying it at the same time. It gets students’ curiosity going and inspires them to ask questions.”
The school is also holding a science open evening to encourage parents and students to find out more about the fun experiments which take place in lessons.

At Epping St John’s School, in Epping, Year 7 and 8 will be completing fun experiments in lesson, as well as designing a poster with the theme of exploration and discovery. The five best will be submitted to a national competition.

At Burnt Mill Academy, in Harlow, Year 7 and 8 will be completing fun experiments in lesson.

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