This week we have been celebrating British Science Week and exploring this year’s theme of ‘Innovating for the Future’. Children have enjoyed researching and experimenting with world-changing innovations of the past. They also designed their own innovations for the future; following a year group brief. The most creative and imaginative innovations will be entered into a school competition and submitted to the Little Inventors website.
EYFS learned about what an invention is and focused on the invention of purifying water. They carried out a Science experiment as a class to make a water purifier, creating different layers using cotton wool, sand, rocks and pasta to work as filters.
Year 1 braved the windy weather to use binoculars and magnifying glasses; learning about Galileo Galilei and how lenses help us to see things that are far away – they even made their own binoculars or telescopes out of toilet rolls!
Year 2 looked at the invention of space food; discussing some of the difficulties astronauts face when eating in space and how scientists have worked to overcome these challenges. The children then received a mission from Tim Peak to design their own space meals. They also designed an invention for living on Mars.
Year 3 explored environmental innovations in their topic of forests – understanding how drones can help to replant trees lost to deforestation. They also used creativity in developing their own innovations; inventing alarm clocks that they couldn’t ignore!
Year 4 considered the impact of the innovation of electricity; how it has changed our lives and our environment. In looking to the future, they also investigated the positives and negatives of renewable energy sources, focus
Year 5 also explored innovations relating to space, and began making papier mache planets to create their own solar systems. They also designed imaginative inventions to make sad people happy.
Year 6 researched the historical legacy and innovations of the Ancient Greeks, using their research to create a class book. They also experimented with innovation in their science topic of the human body; testing blood group compatibility using coloured water.