Every child from Daycare to Prep 6 was involved in Science workshops led by visiting scientists during The Royal Junior School’s annual Science Week in June.
On Monday, Mr Bowring visited the school from Saint Francis Animal Care Centre with some of his rescued hedgehogs, Harry, Harvey and Holly (all of his hedgehog’s names begin with ‘H’!). Mr David Guest, Prep 5 teacher, said, “Each class spent time learning about hedgehogs and were also lucky enough to stroke them, which felt like stroking a stiff yard brush!”
Mr Eddie Henbury joined Prep 4 and 6 on Tuesday and filled the Science Lab with dozens of exciting experiments which relate to the various uses of crude oil. Mr Henbury is a STEM ambassador who works in the catalytic cracking plant at ExxonMobil’s Fawley refinery. He kept the children and their teachers enthralled with his explosive experiments and unique brand of humour. Isla (Prep 6) said, “My favourite experiment was one where there was a tube with flames on it; we listened to music and the sound waves going through the tube made the flames dance!”
Meanwhile, Prep 2 went on a trip to the Novium Museum in Chichester, an action packed day where they learnt all about life on the International Space Station and in particular, Expedition 46 involving British astronaut Tim Peake.
On Wednesday, the school hosted a Year 5 Science Day. Children from Beacon Hill School and Camelsdale Primary came to take part in five activities throughout the day. Dr Annalisa Alexander and her team from Imperial College, London’s Outreach Department brought their inflatable planetarium and the children also made planispheres to identify the constellations in the sky on any given date. Mr Glen Simmons (Head of Science at the Senior School) made ‘oobleck’ - a non-Newtonian fluid - using cornflour and water and Royal Junior School teachers ran pond dipping sessions and an orienteering exercise based on the periodic table.
Finally, on Friday Prep 4 went on a trip to Alice Holt, linked with their current Science topic on living things and their habitats, while astrophysicist, Dr Mee, spent the day with several classes teaching them about rocket science!
A brilliant week was had by all, with lots of budding young scientists suitably inspired to love science even more than they already did!