Here at Lady Boswell’s we are passionate about Science!
Our children are involved in scientific investigation in many ways both linked to the curriculum and in extra-curricular projects. For details of our Science Curriculum, please see Children/Curriculum/Science, and your child’s Class Page for their Year group curriculum.
In Key Stage 2, a number of children each year are appointed as “Science Ambassadors”. Their role, together with our Science Subject Leader, Miss Johnson, is to promote science throughout the School.
We have, amongst other things, a lunchtime Science Club, hold science-based assemblies and run science competitions.
On this page, we look forward to keeping you up-to-date with our “Science News” …
In May 2018 it was confirmed that the School had achieved the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver Award. To achieve this, the School had to meet a set of criteria showing outstanding teaching and learning in science across all of the year groups. We were required to increase opportunities for all children and to include additional provision to ensure that every child could be involved in science both in and out of school. Development had also taken place in the use of our outdoor areas, such as the pond. The next stage of these awards is granted to schools offering outreach to others in the area, and as the lead science school in the Sevenoaks District, we have already started to help a number of local primary schools. PSQM awards have been made to 180 schools across the country in this tranche (2 tranches each year), including bronze, silver and gold awards.
We are extraordinarily proud of this achievement and thanks go to all of the staff at Lady Boswell’s but in particular to Miss Johnson, our inspirational and incredibly hard-working Science Subject Leader.
20th/21st/22nd March 2018
This week all the pupils were lucky enough to see a huge variety of different STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) outreach shows up at Sevenoaks School.
EYFS and Year 1 enjoyed ‘The Bubbles Show’ where they learned about the shape of bubbles and what they consist of. They even got to see a bubble big enough to fit a person inside!
Year 2 loved their Science Show 'Izzy's Incredible Adventure'. It was all about a little girl trying to deliver her brother's present to him in person and all the modes of transport she needed to get there (car, boat, glider etc). The children learned about many forces - gravity, friction and uplift as well as other scientific concepts such as density and buoyancy.
When they emerged from the theatre, some of the KS1 children were lucky enough to be amazed and highly amused by Titan - an all-signing, all-dancing and VERY cheeky 7 foot robot!
Key Stage 2 were lucky enough to see a huge variety of different shows; ‘Cartoon science’, ‘The science of fireworks’, ‘The science of sport’, ‘It’s only water… or is it!?’ and ‘Beyond the Rainbow’, to name only a few. These covered large range of different scientific and engineering concepts that we’re sure the children can tell you all about! All the shows were highly interactive, with a lot of our pupils being chosen to go up on stage! The pupils experienced the importance of a very loud BANG, so loud that you can feel it! As you can see from the photo, Miss Noone also tried to stay dry whilst having a water balloon popped above her head!
Some year 6 pupils also embraced the lego engineering workshop where they had to considor the strength and balance of rollercoaster structures.
As always, a huge thank you goes to the parents that helped us walk to and from Sevenoaks School across all three days. The children wouldn’t have been able to experience such an incredible opportunity without your help.
What an incredible learning opportunity this was for all the children. We hope that they all enjoyed it and are all feeling scientifically inspired!
Monday 26th February 2018
Year R began this term’s Dinosaur topic with a Dinosaur Day. The day started with a huge surprise when a very old visitor joined the whole school for assembly, Milly the T-rex! Milly brought Jack the baby velociraptor with her and they both came to school to teach the children about the history of dinosaurs. Later in the day the Acorns and Chestnuts were able to attend a paleontological excavation site; the children took part in locating and identifying different fossils such as an Apatosaurus skull and a Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth. During the workshop the children learnt about different dinosaurs’ habitats and diets and had great fun fossil hunting!
Wednesday 24th 2018 – Sevenoaks School Science Fair 2018
On the 20th, 21st and 22nd March 2018, Sevenoaks School will host 3 days of STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths). Lady Boswell’s has managed to secure a number of places to a range of KS1 and KS2 shows and workshops including ‘cartoon science’, ‘science of fireworks’, ‘science of sport’ and many more!
It is such a great opportunity for all of our pupils to experience at least one of these inspiring, interactive shows!
Monday 22nd January 2018 – ‘Fishkeeper Fry’
We are extremely lucky, and excited, to be a part of the primary ‘Fishkeeper Fry’ project, led by Maidenhead aquatics. We have been donated a brand new fish tank and associated equipment ready to embark on our fishkeeping journey. Positioned in the KS2 corridor, all the children are able to see the key steps in how to set up and maintain a successful fish tank for tropical fish. However, Miss Johnson’s year two science club (terms 3-4) are going to be our main Fish keepers, and take the lead in setting up and learning all the important information and processes Fishkeeping involves! Their hard work will be displayed in the school science area – do ensure to have a look when you are passing our new swimming friends!
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WedneYear 2 had an eggs-ellent time doing their Egg Drop Challenge as part of a special Science Day. In coming up with a design to protect their (unboiled) egg, they needed to think about the relative merits / uses of various materials.
The chThe challenge also instigated a discussion of 'fair test' conditions and the children had to take into account those variables which th they they could not control, including differences in the thickness of the egg shells and sudden gusts of wind! It was great fun and they decidedecided NOT to have scrambled egg for lunch. Our thanks to parents and carers for sending in everything from pillows to loaves of bread!
Friday 19th January 2018 – After School Science Club
Tuesday 16th January 2018 - Womery
A HUGE thank you from us to Mr and Mrs Bland and the girls for building us this wonderful school wormery! We can't wait to fill it with rich soil and worms ready for them to work hard at composting some of our school waste such as fruit peel and much more! We will let you know once the wormery is up and running so that you can all come and have a look and see the worms hard at work!
Monday 15th January 2018 – Science Week
Today marks the start of our annual science week! We have lots of wonderful investigative activities in store! We are also lucky to be having some exciting visitors including Eagle Heights, Space Fund and Fizz Pop Science. Remember to follow everything that we are doing across the school in our Science week blog (School Life > Science)!
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