At Fir Tree we are very lucky to have a number of Science Experts from STEM Net, Science Oxford and other companies who come to visit us and share their knowledge and expertise. Below is information about the experts who have visited different year groups over the course of the year:
Year 3 - Rocks (Geothermal Expert - Holly Johansen)
Holly Johansen, a scientist visited Ash and Willow Class. She came to talk to us about rocks and her job because at the moment we are studying rocks for our science project. Some of the things we learnt from Holly were that crystals are a type of rock, Holly’s job helps her to make sure buildings have a secure foundation. She tests the rocks under the sea so that wind turbines can be put there. Holly’s job is a geo-thermal engineer – it sounds great fun.
Year 6 - Evolution and Inheritance (Amy Flaxman)
During this session, Cherry and Silver Birch learnt about genetics and inheritance. As well as this, they looked at the evolutionary tree with Amy - who is a Molecular Physiologist at Oxford University. The children had the opportunity to swap different areas of the school and learn about bacteria growth - they really enjoyed the experience. Please see Silver Birch Class page for more details and photographs.
Science Club - Habitats and Oceans (Hannah Clapp)
Children in Science Club (Year 3 to 6) had the opportunity to learn about the Ocean as a habitat for lots of animals and marine life. Hannah, a Senior Oceanographer at Fugro, came to share her knowledge and talk to us about how Science is used in daily life. Here are some photos from the afternoon:
To start their 'Out of this World! Space project', Year 5 were very lucky to have a visit from the Explorer Dome. After crawling into the dark dome, they were greeted by Gemma and Kevin who took them on a 'journey' to experience the solar system. While in the dome, Year 5 had the chance to learn about the constellations and some of the Ancient Greek stories about the different stars. They had such an amazing morning and learnt so many cool facts about Space, the Earth, the Sun and the planets. All of Year 5 are now very keen to learn and develop their knowledge about Space over the next term. Here are some photos:
Year 3 - Animals, Including Humans: Skeletons and Nutrition (Amy Flaxman)
Year 3 had the opportunity to meet Amy and develop their knowledge for their Science project 'Fighting Fit'. They spent time talking about the bones in the human body, discussed the different skeletons of animals and completed an investigation where they collected data about broken bones. If you would like to see more information about the session, please visit Ash Class page where is there a document that explains all about the visit.
Year 5 - Earth and Space: Satellites and Earth Observation (France Gerard)
Year 5 were very lucky to have a visit from France Gerard, a senior Earth Observation Scientist and STEM Net Ambassador, on Tuesday 7th February. After learning about satellites (and that there are both natural and artificial ones), we had the opportunity to interpret satellite data for ourselves using Google Earth. Both classes loved investigating different parts of the world and the changes that have happened over time – which had been captured by the satellites. One of the coolest facts we learnt was that there are over 2, 271 satellites orbiting the Earth at the present time (either orbiting in a geostationary or sun-synchronous way)!
Year 3 - Animals Including Humans: Skeletons (Lucy Taylor)
Lucy Taylor visited Fir Tree and shared her amazing knowledge with our Year 3 children about Animals Including Humans. She spoke to the children about different animal skeleton. The children completed an 'Animal Detective' investigation where they looked at different animal skeletons and guessed what animal it belong too.
Year 4 - Animals Including Humans: Digestion and Teeth (Lucy Taylor)
Lucy Taylor visited Fir Tree and shared her brilliant knowledge with our Year 4 children about Animals Including Humans. She spoke to the children about the different types of teeth, how they can be used identify different animals and also calculate the age of an animal. As well as this, she discussed the different parts of the digestive system with the children and showed them the different organs.